King’s College – A British Education in Alicante

April 11, 2024 | Blog, Education

King’s College Alicante is a flagship school in the area offering the best British education with native teachers and full immersion in English. The school now also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and has the widest range of subjects in the area.

As a pioneering school, it also has a hands-on learning model and has won awards for its digital transformation. We found out more about the school’s offering, beautiful facilities and how they achieve consistently great results. 


King’s College Alicante, The British School of Alicante

How would you describe the unique character of King’s College Alicante?

King’s College, The British School of Alicante opened its doors in 2000 and was a pioneer in providing a comprehensive British education (National English Curriculum) in the city. It currently has more than 1,225 students between 2 and 18 years old, and has already become a centre of reference in the region thanks to the excellent results obtained by its pupils.

King’s College Alicante offers the highest quality British educational model, based on a demanding curriculum and innovative teaching methods that foster skills such as creativity and critical thinking. In this context, academic and personal development go hand in hand, so that pupils are encouraged to make the best of everything they undertake and ensure that they exploit their full potential in all areas.

We believe that learning through exploration and investigation encourages students to think, ask and seek new ideas. For this reason, practical exercises and activities are of particular importance in the academic curriculum, from the early years where learning through play is applied, until the later years where the emphasis is placed on research work, debate and critical analysis.

 

 

Sports and the arts are another of the fundamental pillars of teaching at King’s College. As well as being part of the curriculum, a variety of activities and events are promoted, such as sports championships and music festivals. These activities stimulate students’ skills and promote physical activity, discipline, and team spirit. King’s College Alicante also encourages support for charitable projects so that students develop an attitude of respect and social responsibility.

King’s College Alicante emphasises resilience, teamwork, creativity and discipline and will help your child acquire these qualities.The teaching staff meet the highest professional standards in the sector, not only academically, but also in terms of conduct and social skills and have extensive experience.

King’s College, The British School of Alicante, is a member of the prestigious King’s Group, an institution founded in 1969 by Sir Roger Fry. In addition to the school in Alicante, this institution has four centres in Spain; three in Madrid and one in Murcia and in other countries such as Portugal, Egypt, the Bahamas, and Latvia. 

The King’s group is part of the Inspired Educational Group, a world leader in premium schools, which offers an excellent education to more than 80,000 students in a global network of more than 113 schools on 6 continents. Inspired schools are designed to motivate students to reach their full potential in an enriching academic environment from the earliest age to 18 years old. Inspired offers a fresh, contemporary approach to education by re-evaluating traditional teaching methods and curricula to create a more dynamic, relevant, and influential model that reflects current attitudes

Where is the school located? What kind of facilities do you have?

King´s College Alicante is located 10 minutes from Alicante centre by car. Situated in a perfect location just a few kilometres from the city centre in a privileged setting by the sea, the school offers several school bus routes, making it easy to reach.

King’s College Alicante has educational and sports facilities including:

  • Football field with artificial grass
  • 3 Basketball courts
  • Tennis court
  • Indoor gymnasium
  • Music room with 28 iMacs for Digital Production
  • 3 small music rooms for practice
  • Dance room.
  • Multi-purpose room
  • IT Room with cutting edge computers
  • Cutting-edge, interactive whiteboards in all classrooms
  • 7 science laboratories fully equipped with university-standard laboratory material for teaching Biology, Physics and Chemistry
  • Air conditioning and heating in all classrooms and rooms
  • 3 dining rooms, one in the Infant building, one for all students and one for staff.

The school follows the British National Curriculum. Tell us more about your academic approach?

 

 

The school is divided into departments: Early Years, Primary School, Secondary School and Sixth Form. With three, four and five lines in each year, the average class size is 25 pupils.

Our broad and balanced curriculum, taught by specialist teachers, provides our pupils with a solid foundation of academic knowledge. We also support our students to complement their learning outside the classroom environment by encouraging creativity and confidence through participation in a variety of artistic, scientific, and different creative projects.

At the age of 16, students undertake iGCSE exams that are validated by the Spanish title of secondary education graduate. From the age of 16, they follow the Sixth Form Programme with 2 possible pathways: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) and IBTEC in Business. 

Our IB programme has the widest educational offering of the IB Diploma Program in the region, as it includes a wide variety of subjects and specialties never seen before in Alicante. The entire programme is taught in English, with the exception of modern languages ​​subjects.

The BTEC International Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is a full time qualification recognised by UNED for entrance to Spanish Universities and around the world. The learning programme covers business environments, marketing, finance, international business, management, enterprise and entrepreneurship. This qualification is equivalent to the full IB diploma and the BTEC qualification is well recognised in schools and universities around the world.

King´s College Alicante has a long history of students accepted into some of the world’s top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, Stanford University, etc.

What makes the British system particularly appealing for international families?

The British Curriculum is one of the most known and most highly regarded curricula in the world of international education. Schools from all over the world choose the British Curriculum because they consider it to be the best option for providing their pupils with a first-class education.

A British education offers international families:

·         A globally recognised educational system

·         A focus on both breadth and depth

·        Well-defined Key Stages that provide a clear understanding of progress

·        Growth beyond the classroom

The British Curriculum is recognised by schools, academies, universities and employers worldwide.

How many nationalities are represented at King’s College Alicante? Are the majority of your students multilingual?

We currently have 54 nationalities. 56% of students are Spanish, 12% Chinese and 9% Russian. Most of our students are bilingual, either English/Spanish or English and a second language. Many become multilingual by the time they leave school with us. We offer German, French and Chinese as additional languages from Year 7 and as extracurricular from Reception.

Are all lessons taught in English? What other languages can pupils study?

English is the main language of the school. All subjects are taught in English except 3 from the Spanish system: Spanish, Social Studies and Valencian. We also offer German and French which is compulsory from Year 7 to Year 9 and optional from Year 10 to Year 13. From Year 12 to Year 13 we also offer Chinese at 2 different levels (Ab Initio and Level A).

What are the benefits of the IB programme for students?

Being exposed to multiple perspectives, learning to articulate your own opinions, balancing academic work with co-curricular activities, learning through experience, researching and managing your own work and the level of personal growth IB students achieve are some of the main benefits and the main reason why pupils choose this programme.

IB learners are:

  • Encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems.
  • Drive their own learning.
  • Participate in educational programmes that can lead them to some of the highest-ranking universities around the world.
  • More culturally aware through the development of a second language.
  • Able to engage with people in an increasingly globalised, changing world.

IB students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students in other curricula.

Kings College Alicante is the first British school in Spain to be certified as a Google Reference School, what does this involve?

 

 

King’s College Alicante holds a distinguished certification issued by the Google for Education division. This certification reflects our commitment to seamlessly integrate technology into the classroom environment. Recognised for our exceptional use of technology, we leverage its capabilities to foster positive learning outcomes. This certification is a testament to our dedication to innovation, quality and continuous improvement as part of our international school strategy.

The school has also been awarded an “outstanding” rating by PENTA International – can you tell us more?

King’s College Alicante has been rated “outstanding” in all categories by PENTA, a British Government accredited inspection body whose main purpose is to report to the UK Department for Education (DfE) on the compliance of British schools overseas with the required educational standards. The DfE has an established scheme for the inspection of British schools overseas which sets out the standards by which these schools are assessed and graded. 

The PENTA report highlights that “King’s College, The British School of Alicante (KCA) is an exceptional school. As a result of a strong curriculum and an excellent approach to teaching, their academic credentials meet the highest standards. The behaviour of the students is exemplary. The leadership provided by the headteacher and other members of management, the care and support offered to pupils and the curriculum provided are excellent.”

The inspection involves a comprehensive review of the school, from facilities, teaching and learning to support for pupils. King’s College Alicante is the only school in the region that regularly undergoes external inspections certified by the British Government’s Department for Education. Only eight schools in Spain have been recognised as Outstanding in all categories.

What kind of extracurricular activities are available for pupils?

We offer a wide variety of activities such as ballet, basketball, musical instruments, beginner’s Italian, boxing, Cambridge English preparation, chess, coding, creative writing, roller skating, debate club, environmental club, flamenco dance, football, judo,  German, funky dance, gymnastics, little chefs, homework club, Youtubers, logic club, intro to Spanish, Megabots & Bybots, mindfulness & healthy living, magic and Circus, Pilates, spotlight Musical Theatre, story time, signing club, table tennis and yoga.

From Year 5 onwards, all pupils participate in Enrichment Activities, which are mandatory and part of the curriculum. Each student chooses 1 activity per semester from the following list:

  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Padel Tennis
  • Indoor Football
  • Golf
  • Rock Climbing
  • Trampolining
  • Robotic
  • Table Tennis
  • Watercolour Painting
  • Basketball
  • Fashion design
  • Volleyball
  • KCA School Newspaper
  • Art & Design
  • Chess
  • Gymnastics
  • Valencian Club
  • English Club
  • Music
  • Comic Creation
  • Rugby
  • Football with FC Hércules
  • Creative Writing
  • Embroidery
  • Geography Club
  • Film Club

Collaborative projects, cultural events, and guest speakers further enrich the educational experience, ensuring that students graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the interconnected world they will navigate.

How does the school prepare students for higher education and future careers?

Our academic staff and school counsellor help students identify and prepare for future careers through programmes where students can find their passion and see what suits them best. We also have guest speakers come in to discuss their respective careers and what studies and preparation they needed to access their professions. We also organise Careers Week where universities from Spain and abroad come to the school and offer information about admissions and degrees they offer.

KCA has also partnered with universities such as La Universidad Europea, Falmouth University and the Geneva Business School to offer further advice on admissions to universities in the USA and Europe. Our students also have access to a platform called Unifrog which offers a wealth of information on scholarships, universities admission requirements, etc.

After completing their education at King’s College, students gain access to universities all over the world. The majority of former students have gone to British universities (Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College, Manchester University, Warwick University, Brunel University, UCL, Sheffield, King’s College, etc.).

Many others have chosen to attend Spanish universities (Alicante, Valencia, ESADE, ICADE, Complutense, Carlos III, Deusto, IE Segovia, etc.) and others have decided to continue their higher studies in other parts of the world and have been accepted at universities in the USA, France, Switzerland, Holland, Germany etc.

What can parents expect from the admissions process?

The admission process aims to offer the best alternative for each pupil within our education system and varies according to the age of the pupil:

  • From 2 to 4 years old (Early Years), once a family formally applies, a letter offer is issued. No prior knowledge of English is required.
  • From 5 to 7 years (Key Stage 1) a reading and writing evaluation and school reports from previous schools are taken into consideration. At this age they should be able to read and write in English.
  • From 7 to 11 years (Key Stage 2) English and maths tests are undertaken. School reports from previous schools are also taken into account.
  • From 11 to 16 years (Key Stage 3 and 4) prospective students take English and maths exams and a personal interview is conducted. School reports from previous schools are also taken into account.
  • From 16 to 18 years old (Sixth Form / Key Stage 5) students who wish to continue in the IB or IBTEC programmes during the last two years of the educational cycle must have passed at least 5 IGCSEs, and attained grades 9-6 in those subjects they want to go on to study. Students who come from a different educational system must have a good academic record and their level of English must be the equivalent of C1. A personal interview, exams in English and maths and school reports from their educational centres of origin are also considered.

Once students have been interviewed, an offer letter is sent to their parents or legal guardians.

What is life like in Alicante for international families?

 

 

Expat life in Alicante is vibrant and there is always something to look forward to, especially due to the amazing weather, as this means you can take part in lots of outdoor activities and barely need an umbrella! Here at King’s, we are lucky that the school community is welcoming and you get to meet lots of lovely people.

Alicante has a great combination of truly Spanish lifestyle and traditions mixed with a growing international feel. The people of Alicante and the many international residents are very welcoming. Coming from larger cities, many families feel that children can enjoy more freedom and grow up in a safer environment.

Families can enjoy great sports facilities for football, tennis, padel, basketball, etc and there are plenty of sailing clubs in the area for those who enjoy water activities. There are many cafes and restaurants.

Large cities such as Madrid and Valencia are close by. Madrid can be reached by train in two hours. Most people speak some English so it is easy to communicate until you feel more comfortable with the local language.


Find out more about the school, admissions process or book a visit on their website.

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Contact Details:

Glorieta del Reino Unido 5, Alicante 03008

+34 965 106 351
info.kca@kingsgroup.org

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