King's College, The British School of Panama
About King's College, The British School of Panama
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 Panama
The school opened in September 2012. The school is unique in Panama, as it is the first British School and was opened as a request of the Panamanian President and the British Ambassador. In conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the school offers training for up to 25 Panamanian English teachers a year through the schools training centre.
All the British teachers play a key role in this training and need to be prepared to become professional mentors and run seminar sessions. King’s College Panama is the only school to have an all British trained teaching team. Located in the school, we have our own training facility which forms part of King’s Training Panama. Currently the school has 340 students from Nursery to Year 10. Each year this will grow through to IGCSE’s and eventually Year 13 and A-Levels.
The school is very popular and has a growing reputation for quality assured education. The school follows British Values and also has a very international feel with 31 nationalities represented in our student body. Parent and pupil satisfaction is high and we continue to thrive to have an excellent reputation for both academic and social development within the community and afar.
King’s College, Panama 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, Panama is a member of the King´s Group Schools´ Management Board and meets with the other Head teachers. The Group Chairman and the Group CEO regularly to ensure quality assurance and standardisation of policies and procedures. King’s College Panama works closely with UK consultants to ensure the development of curriculum.
King’s College offers a British curriculum taught by a full British trained teaching team. As well as a full range of National Curriculum subjects, pupils from Year 1 also study Spanish Language, with the addition of Panamanian studies from Year 7 until Year 11.
In Primary, the school follows a creative curriculum and students are individually tracked and targets set to enhance learning. Classroom assistants are in all EYFS classes and shared throughout the Primary department. The Primary school is working on life without levels and being a relatively new school, the curriculum is evolving and developing. The school uses Abacus Maths, Read Write Inc, ORT, Big Cat Collins and Oxford Owl.
In Seniors, the school is accredited by both Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel; students work towards IGCSE programmes. As the school develops A-levels and Sixth Form will be offered. The Senior School has specialist teachers and holds specific areas for Art, ICT and Science. The development of the Seniors is fundamental to the school's future progress and the high quality of teaching and learning will address our first graduates needs in 2020.
At the end of their studies, children will also be entitled to their Panamanian leaver certificate. It is hoped that King’s College Panama will follow the other King’s Group schools and have many children attend top universities around the world. Links with COBIS allows teachers to develop and keep abreast of UK policy. Internal promotion is encouraged and there are opportunities to become Coordinators and develop through Middle Management programmes.
The school had an agreement with the Panamanian Ministry and all teachers play a role in training and mentoring Panamanian teachers annually.
The school is based on the principles of a UK independent school. Pupils are expected to work hard, take academia seriously, and strive for their best results. We aim for confident and independent learners. They are also expected to play a full role in the life of the school, taking advantage of the wider activities, particularly in the fields of arts and sports, available to them. In King’s College Panama we strive for well-rounded individuals with both high academic and social standards.
The school has a House system, and pupils are encouraged to get involved in the many house competitions during the year, which include academic and sport activities, as well as public performance. Student leadership plays a big part in school life, with students taking roles such as Prefects, House Captains, Form Captains, Subject Ambassadors, Playground Pals and Members of the Student Council. The students take social responsibility seriously and through fun days and fundraisers, help local projects in the community.
Many pupils travel to school on the school buses, some have long journeys. Around 50% of the children live locally. Traffic in Panama does mean that journey times are long for all our students. This makes it all the more important that we work hard to provide a warm and welcoming environment for our pupils and their families.
Living and working in Panama
Panama has amazing diversity. It has the Caribbean on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. The country is rich with culture, rainforests and wildlife. Panama City is a developing city and aims to be the “new” Singapore of Latin America in the next few years. It has a mixture of Spanish, American, Caribbean and European influences. It is the airport hub for many companies allowing direct access to both South and North America destinations.