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”.

Agora International School Barcelona welcomes the new academic year

After the summer holidays, Agora International School Barcelona welcomes the 2016/2017 academic year with great enthusiasm. The school opens its doors, full of energy, and with changes and new challenges which will make this new school year a great one.

Andrés Rosas, headmaster of the school, welcomes our entire educational community and reveals the targets set for this new academic year and the changes which will be implemented. This approach comes from the successful academic year which has just been completed, from which Andrés Rosas highlights the most important milestones.

There were certainly a great deal of important moments in the 2015/2016 academic year, especially from the perspective of someone who experiences it for the first time at the school but, without doubt, I would highlight the end-of-year festival and the music concert due to the atmosphere and the sense of belonging to the school that was felt among pupils, families and teaching and non-teaching staff. Other very gratifying events were the Baccalaureate pupils’ graduation, for the importance of this moment for them and the emotion with which we all experienced it, and the participation in Work Experience explained from the point of view of the 2nd Baccalaureate pupils”.

We have planned and consolidated the school’s educational project as a NACE School, we have created a good atmosphere of work and coexistence among the entire educational community, and we have improved school-family communication. The consolidation of the project will be a decisive step in the education and development of our students and the future professionals they will become. This will have a positive impact on the people they already are, and on the well-rounded and happy adults they will become. The good working atmosphere has made us take a step forward in the loyalty and consolidation of the teaching team, and consequently, in the quality of the monitoring and personalised attention offered to each of our students. The improvement in the communication with families (year group delegates, weekly circulars, personal family-headmaster meetings, etc.) was important, especially in this year of changes, in order to strengthen the confidence and collaboration of our families.”

In order to continue to advance along the path of educational excellence during the 2016/2017 academic year, Agora International School Barcelona has set some objectives and implemented some changes that headmaster Andrés Rosas details below:

“Our primary objective for this coming academic year is to implement and consolidate the diverse programmes and methods which make up our educational project (emotional intelligence, encouragement of reading, study techniques, critical thinking, debate, public speaking…), as well as to continue with the training and monitoring of our teaching team.”

“For this coming school year, and within the line of work which makes up our project and which I mentioned previously, we intend to implement the traditional British “houses” system at school, thanks to which we will be able to channel many of the school activities and initiatives while creating a system of belonging to the school. We will also set up the Agora International School Barcelona parents’ school, a tool which is at the service of our families so that we can grow together as a community and which will deal with a wide variety of topics of interest in the field of education.”

Finally, the headmaster welcomes the pupils who are beginning the new academic year with a motivating, personal message.

“It is a pleasure to welcome you all to our school for the 2016/2017 academic year. Our objective will be to, together, educate your children to make them citizens of their time, trained and competent professionals and, above all, complete and happy people. And I would like to thank you for your confidence in Agora International School Barcelona and ask you that, together, we achieve a quality, comprehensive education which encompasses all dimensions of human, personal, social and family development”.

Andrés Rosas

Headmaster of Agora International School Barcelona