The Swedish school in Marbella
By Marie Westerman Roberts | Photos: Bob Leja and Jenny Axelsson
In Spain, near Puerta Banus, you will find Swedish School Marbella. The school opened in 2003, with only five children. Today, it has 200 pupils, newly renovated premises with bright classrooms, a sports hall, and a garden with a pool.
Basking in the sun, the Swedish School in Marbella is one of the approved Swedish schools abroad. Close to a large park and within walking distance of the beach, the school comprises three padel courts, an artificial turf for football, and large play areas.
Outside of Sweden, there are only 15 schools approved by the Swedish National Agency for Education, and Swedish school Marbella is one of them. “Our education is under the supervision of the Swedish Schools Inspectorate and is followed up and evaluated by the Swedish National Agency for Education, and we are also approved by the Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Andalucía,” Isabel Saunders-Lagrillière CEO/CFO of the school explains. Emphasising the importance of choosing a school that is approved, she adds: “The school being approved and following directives for the teaching in accordance with the Swedish curriculum can be very important for students going back to Sweden, on to further education or changing to international schools.”
Attending a Swedish school can make it easier and less stressful for both parents and children when moving to a new country. The school in Marbella embraces Swedish traditions and ways and both children and parents take part in activities. They also get to learn about Spanish traditions. “Our headmaster Denise Jiménez-Norrestad and the staff really encourages the Spanish way of life and integration into the local community,” says Saunders-Lagrillière.
Today the school has about 200 children and capacity for more. It offers preschool and elementary school according to the Swedish curriculum. Students can also study grades 7-9 via Sofia Distans and upper secondary school via Hermods, with the support of trained teachers as supervisors throughout the school day. From 2024, they will offer an international education from year 7 (equivalent to Year 8) based on the Cambridge model.
With 20 years of experience, and with emphasis on well-being and security, the school will make sure students learn for life and achieve good results. With Swedish pedagogy and curriculum, an international character and extended time devoted to Spanish and English, it should make for an easy choice for parents and kids alike.
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