Agora Lledó begins the school year early, with lots of changes

Agora Lledó International School has already begun the 2017/2018 academic year, ahead of other schools, with the more than 500 pupils in Infant and Primary Education starting last week. The aim is to help them adjust to the school environment after the summer holidays, make school start dates compatible with professional life for parents, and adapt our class times to international calendars, which have more school days than the Spanish calendar.

For school headmaster, Luis Madrid, the most notable change made this coming year is the implementation of the International Baccalaureate separate from the national Baccalaureate. This is motivated by the results obtained in the last academic year: a 100% pass rate and an average score 6 points above the world average. For this reason, the decision has been made to focus on this academic qualification, and ensure that Agora Lledó remains a leading school in these studies. Also in the field of internationalisation, this year the school will also be implementing the IEYC (International Early Years Curriculum) in 5th Infant Education, and the IPC programme (International Primary Curriculum) in 1st and 2nd Primary, which will mean offering international studies throughout this entire academic stage, and will allow us to prepare pupils to face the challenges of their further studies from a young age.

This year, robotics will continue to be an important pillar, as we open up new ways of working with technology, and there will be more optional subjects available in Secondary Education and Baccalaureate, many of which will focus on new technologies. To encourage healthy habits, a break-time area has been added to the dining room, where the pupils will be able to take part in fun and recreational supervised activities, or rest in a comfortable space after they’ve eaten. In addition, we will consolidate the format of project work in Primary Education, and carry on offering continuous training for teachers so that they are able to increase their knowledge, working with new educational techniques and methods. The GAVEA project, the use of tablets in the classroom, will be expanded to include 3rd ESO.

All the objectives and projects set out for the new academic year have been designed to continue the good work of the last school year, from which Luis Madrid highlights the excellent academic results obtained in the Selectividad exams and the PISA tests, the improvements to the academic support programme for Secondary Education pupils with difficulties, and the pupils’ sporting and musical achievements, “which have set the bar high for this coming year”, and which will be emphasised this year by adding an hour in the afternoon for the students to have time to train or rehearse.

The headmaster is also satisfied with the good results from the foreign exchange programmes, which were both expanded and enhanced. This academic year “our intention is to continue expanding them, with the objective that by the time the pupils reach Baccalaureate they have all had an international experience, in line with the school’s educational project, and to serve as prior experience for those who decide to study abroad.”

Finally, Luis Madrid addresses all pupils and members of the school to “wish them a good year, in which our targets are high but we’re going to work together to improve and excel once again”.