Espai Obert La Serra, Sant Pere de Ribes

February 12, 2024 | Catalonia, Schools Catalonia

Espai Obert La Serra, Sant Pere de Ribes

Espai Obert La Serra is an alternative school in Sant Pere de Ribes for children aged 3 to 12, that follows a child-led pedagogy in a unique woodland setting.

Founded in 2013 by a group of families looking for a better education for their children, Espai Obert La Serra is now a thriving community of local and international families. It is also one of the few alternative schools fully regulated by the Catalan government.

The school has attracted families from all over the world as well as many local Catalan families, creating a unique multi-cultural community.  Families play an important part in the day-to-day running of the school and also help to organise end of term celebrations for each season, local celebrations like Carnaval and Castañada, and regular family outings.


Child-centred learning

In line with the established “Educación Viva” pedagogy, children are given the opportunity to shape their learning according to their own developing interests. In the Infant section, children can choose from opt-in daily proposals, whilst in Primary, children develop and commit to their own personalised learning programme.  Emphasis is placed on developing the critical skills of independence, self-expression and healthy conflict management.

Small groups

There are 10 children per year in the Infant section and 15 in Primary, with a high ratio of educators to children.


Espai Obert La Serra in Sant Pere de Ribes is located near Sitges, a 30-40 minute drive from Barcelona city centre.
The school is nestled in between woodlands and vineyards, and the children have access to a large section of woodland to play, roam, appreciate nature and explore.  As well as the outdoor areas, the school also has spacious and inspiring indoor learning spaces. There are also specialised facilities for extra-curricular activities including Circus Skills, Karate, Music and Woodland art.

Fees and Admissions

School fees are €350 to €375 for Infants and €575 for Primary. Each family forms part of the Cooperative and is involved in decisions about the school, as well as contributing skills to help its smooth-running.

Families are welcome to visit the school. Their upcoming Open Day will take place on 2nd March 2024 and the school can organise visits outside of that, for those who aren’t able to attend.   Contact to find out more and arrange a visit.

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Contact Details:

Cami Montgros, S/N. (Finca La Serra), 08812 Sant Pere de Ribes
+34 93 896 44 88

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