King's College, The British School of Murcia
About King's College, The British School of Murcia
King’s Group is an international education organisation. We own and operate a network of private British international schools and UK Academies, and complement this with services providing children’s Academic Year Abroad programmes and Summer Courses, Adult Training and Catering Services.
Our school network is one of the most established in the world and currently covers the UK, Europe and Latin America. In recognition of its success the UK Government also awarded us Multi-Academy Trust sponsorship status allowing us to privately manage state schools in England. Now with more than 45 years’ experience, King’s Group has nearly 1000 employees across the globe, educating more than 5,500 students at any one time.
King's College Murcia
The school opened in 2007 as a joint project between King’s Group and Polaris World and is now owned, outright, by the King’s Group.
The school is two form entry from Pre-Nursery to Year 8 and currently one form entry in all years above that, with plans to expand to two form entry throughout the school. The school is very popular and has a growing reputation internationally. The overall roll is expected to reach 750 in the next few years and is currently just under 550.
King’s College, Murcia is one of the newest of Spain’s King’s Group Schools and works in close collaboration with the other King’s Schools in Madrid and further afield. All teachers within the Group work collaboratively to ensure continuity of good practice as children progress through the various schools.
The Headteacher of King’s College, Murcia is a member of the King’s Group Schools’ Academic Sub-committee and meets with the other Headteachers, Chairman and General Manager every month to ensure quality assurance and standardisation of policies and procedures.
The school has a thriving and competitive House system and pupils are encouraged to get involved in the many house competitions during the year. These include intellectual and sporting activities, as well as public performance.
Many pupils travel to school on one of our excellent school buses, with pupils coming from all over the province of Murcia and into Alicante Province. This makes it all the more important that we work hard to provide a warm and welcoming environment for our pupils and their families.
King’s College Murcia is located approximately 20 minutes’ drive from the centres of both Murcia and Cartagena and 10 minutes from the airport and only an hour from Alicante Airport. Both Murcia and Cartagena are modern, friendly cities with many cultural and recreational facilities with easy travel links to other major Spanish cities.
The school also benefits from the Mediterranean climate and there are many beaches and nature walks in the immediate area. The majority of new staff live either on one of the local resorts or one of the seaside towns.
Pupils at King’s College, Murcia follow the British curriculum alongside, for Spanish pupils, obligatory parts of the Spanish curriculum. As well as the full range of National Curriculum subjects, pupils from Reception also study Spanish Language and Spanish History and Geography from Year 2 until Year 11.
The Early Years Department, consisting of Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception, follows the EYFS. The National Curriculum is taught throughout Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. There are Induction English Classes for children over the age of 5 who need to improve their English. There are also Beginners' Spanish Classes for international children joining the school. All pupils learn Spanish and are taught by Spanish qualified staff.
In Key Stage 4 pupils study for I/GCSEs, and go on to study for A Levels in Years 12 and 13. Those pupils who wish to go on to higher education in Spain usually follow an additional programme of Complementary Studies in Spanish, to fully prepare them for courses at Spanish universities.
Music and Drama form an important part of the extra-curricular programme and throughout the school year there are shows and concerts and also weekly choir practices. We encourage all pupils from an early age to explore their capabilities in the areas of music and the arts.
Sports play an important role at the school and pupils are encouraged to take part in tournaments and local competitive events, in addition to their normal PE classes. School football and cricket teams compete against other schools and pupils also take part in inter-school championships in athletics, swimming both in Spain and abroad through COBIS.
High priority is afforded to keeping teachers up to date with UK educational developments through training sessions and an annual King’s Professional Development Conference.