About Queen’s College
Around 370 children of diverse faiths and nationalities attend Queen’s College. Established in 1977, the school follows the British National Curriculum and has an excellent academic record, with the vast majority of students going on to gain places at universities in the UK and Spain. Parents describe it as a ‘happy school’.
Classes are small ensuring each student receives personalised attention and strong emphasis is placed on providing a well-rounded education that includes social and emotional development, as well as academic achievement.
Located close to woodlands and the Bellver Castle with views over the bay of Palma, the school is easily accessible from the city as well as from nearby villages and developments along the southwest coast.
Students aged 3 to 18 follow the British National Curriculum and are prepared for their GCSE, GCE AS and GCE A level examinations. Those who wish to pursue additional subjects under the Spanish Curriculum may do so and obtain Spanish Selectividad.
Catalan language classes are taught to all Spanish pupils, and are optional for all other students. This consists of one hour of classes per week at primary level and two hours per week at secondary level.
In addition to achieving excellent academic results, the school aims to prepare children for the demands and challenges of life beyond education. All aspects of children’s development are nurtured, and staff strive to instil values of tolerance, integrity and respect in all students. Good behaviour and performance is recognised and rewarded, while undesirable behaviour is addressed constructively.
The school aims to create an educational community where communication channels between parents, teachers and students are kept wide open. Parents are welcome to bring any concerns they may have to the school’s attention, and vice versa. Parents are also kept abreast of developments at the school through regular newsletters, parent-teacher evenings and social activities that are organised throughout the year.
A variety of school outings to farms, beaches and sites of historical and cultural interest are organised throughout the year for all age groups and students have direct access to the Bellver forest, where activities and sports take place, something the school says positively impacts learning.
Structured careers guidance is provided to sixth form students. The school both invites representatives from universities to talk to students about courses and employment prospects, and organises visits to Universities Fairs in the UK and Spain.
Teachers and tutors are supported by Key Stage Coordinators, a Head of Primary, Head Teacher, and a school psychologist.
The student body is made up mainly of Spanish and English pupils along with a smaller number of children from Germany, Scandinavia, India and other nationalities. For parents who want their children to be fully bilingual it is worth bearing in mind that due to the majority of the curriculum being taught in English, students may not achieve an equivalent level of spoken and written Spanish.
Facilities currently include a sports court and indoor hall for gymnastics and drama, plus several playgrounds, green roofs and a vertical garden. These will be significantly improved when the new sports facility – scheduled for completion during the 2016-7 academic year – opens. The new facility will include an Astroturf football pitch, indoor pool and gymnasium.
Extra Curricular Activities
Extra curricular activities take place at the end of the school day, between 16:00 and 17:00 hrs. Current activities include football, judo, gymnastics, art, music, Spanish, ICT, dance and guitar. Once the new sports facilities are complete, additional activities will be available.
School fees vary according to age but range from 5800 to 9900 euros per year.
An award is given annually to the students who excel most academically. The award is up to 50% discount in Y13 school fees.
The school day runs from 08:50 hrs to 15:50 hrs, with extra curricular activities taking place after that.
The school is in a great location right by the Bellver Castle. It is very close to the pretty village of Genova and easily accessible from Palma as well as residential areas along the southwest coast including Cala Mayor, Illetes, Bendinat and Puerto Portals.
Facilities close to the school
Queen’s College is just a few minutes’ drive from Porto Pi shopping and leisure centre and the beaches of Cala Mayor and San Agustin. All the conveniences of Palma – from shops to medical care and restaurants – are equally accessible.
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