Areteia welcomes the new academic year

We’d like to welcome the 2016/2017 school year! Another year on and Areteia opens its doors again, filling the school with life with the arrival of the new academic year. The headmaster of the school, Luis García Carretero, talks to us about what’s new for this new phase, the objective being to continue to grow and advance.

First of all, the headmaster assesses the 2015/2016 academic year, and defines it as a period full of successes:

“This year saw the consolidation of the educational modality Basic Vocational Training, something fundamental in order to attend to the diversity of our pupils. The first year of pupils graduated in Managing Outdoor Sports and Physical Activities, and the school began with the Sciences Baccalaureate, both of which were experiences met with great approval.”

“Many important moments stand out from the last academic year, such as the celebration of Children’s Day, the Christmas festival with the awarding of prizes and diplomas, Peace Day, Arts and Science Week, the end-of-year festival, the graduations, etc. Also worth mentioning is the school’s participation in the NACE events: International Music Week in Barcelona, NACEMUN in Castellón, the Academic Games in Villaviciosa and the Olympic Games in England.”

“Events such as the 1st Former Pupils Meetup, which brought together more than 100 pupils who have left Areteia during the 25 years that we have been in La Moraleja, together with the 4th Educational Innovation Day and the 1st Parents Meeting, were three moments of great open mindedness of the school, of connecting with new realities and accepting new challenges, like the “Areteia Emprende” conference programme, which included some outstanding speakers who showed their reflection and commitment to the pupils in ESO, Baccalaureate and Vocational Training. Lastly, we highlight the award given by NACE Schools in July to our colleague Rosalía Gómez Manzano, from Administration, in the category of “our values”, for being an example of commitment, efficiency and self-improvement for all the members of the educational community.”

After such a positive year, we expect no less from this new academic year we are welcoming. The fundamental objective is to better attend to and understand each pupil to help them grow.

For many it is a utopia, but we learnt a long time ago that utopia is good for moving forwards”, the headmaster assures us. In this sense, classes are divided into smaller groups in 3rd and 6th Primary to work in a more personalised way at both the midway point and end of this important stage.

In order to make the pupils the protagonists in the classroom, the school is developing the School Project, which will was presented in the Arts and Science Week in April: Mission GAIA, save the earth. This is a project which hopes to make Areteia an Eco school which is committed to protecting nature, our planet, and all the values this includes.

From among the most important new features for the 2016/2017 academic year, we emphasise the gradual introduction of new technologies as a way to improve learning. For example, through the platform Infantium via tablets which will be used in the classroom during the school day, as well as the new tablets model for 1st ESO.

Other new features this year come from the introduction of the LOMCE, enabling us to make the last few school years into phases focused on decisions about the future. The presence of a native teacher, to support the work of the teachers in the English Department and continue with the theme of a 100% pass rate in the Trinity exams last year, stands out.

There have also been some changes to our facilities. We believe that a school which is attractive and looked after is the first step in educating pupils to respect the environment and others. The Infant Zone has been refurbished with two grass areas, the pupils’ bathrooms have been improved, and we have planned the improvement of the pupils’ sports and leisure areas.

The new offer of the Excellent Workshops has been well thought out and planned based on the suggestions from families and pupils, and we have opted to expand our services in extracurricular activities, particularly in the field of psychopedagogy. In the second and third terms we will also offer certified training in the field of leisure and free time, which we will open up to schools in the area.

In short, the message is clear. Just as Luis García tells us: “Areteia is an opportunity for improvement, for growth, for evolution, for opportunities. Count on us: teachers, non-teaching staff, co-ordinators, heads of studies, management. We are at your disposal, we’re here for you, to make you better, freer, more responsible, fairer, more supportive, more competent. We are so glad that you’ll be forming part of the Areteia family. A new school year is a challenge, an occasion we cannot let escape, to be happier and to make others happier.”

Luis García Carretero

Headmaster of Areteia School


Vocational Training – an excellent qualification

Vocational training qualifications are the perfect route to help young people find their vocation and succeed professionally. However, many people are unaware of the benefits of a vocational education, which is an excellent qualification as an alternative to the Baccalaureate or university studies.

Why choose Vocational Training?

  • Because it’s a more direct route from an academic education to the world of work, always with the option of choosing to attend university.
  • Because it’s an education option which enables personal success: it is based on the pupils’ vocations.
  • Because studies say that school dropout rates decrease as enrolment in Vocational Training increases.
  • Because Vocational Training offers a variety of learning opportunities in all job sectors.


Discover the professional within you at Areteia School
The objective of the educational project of Areteia School, one of the NACE Schools in Madrid, is attention to diversity and personalised education. For this reason, through Intermediate Level Vocational Training Courses Areteia offers pupils an excellent professional qualification to help them enter the world of work or continue with higher level studies. These qualifications provide pupils with personalised attention and teaching which meets the needs of each student. Vocational Training is for pupils who have achieved their School Leaver’s Certificate or the Basic Level Vocational Training Diploma in the corresponding field.

Consistent with its educational project, Areteia School offers every pupil a personal project. Focused on the interests of each student, the school offers smaller class sizes to make the most of every session and follow each pupil’s progress closely. Vocational Training courses facilitate pupils’ later incorporation into the world of work and contribute to their personal growth and development.

Why choose Areteia School?

The Vocational Training courses taught at Areteia School are characterised by the personal attention offered through reduced class sizes and work experience in companies, which brings students closer to the reality of working life. Studying at Areteia School provides pupils with numerous benefits, given that:

  • We offer individualised teaching with particular attention to the needs and characteristics of each pupil. There are a maximum of 18 pupils in each class.
  • We make the maximum effort to ensure that each pupil advances, not only in knowledge and skills but also in their personal development.
  • We promote the practical nature of what pupils learn through tests and exams which are mainly practical.
  • We aim for pupils to be actively involved in their own learning and to be highly motivated, making them aware of the fact that theoretical knowledge is a tool for practical application.

Vocational Training Courses at Areteia School
Areteia School offers a wide variety of Vocational Training Courses to enable pupils to study what most interests them and therefore achieve the best qualification to help them to successfully join the working world.

  • Administration Management:
    Provide administrative support in a work, accounting, commercial, finance and tax environment. Handle customer service of both public and private firms, applying the current regulations and protocols, ensuring client satisfaction and acting according to rules for the prevention of occupational hazards and for environmental protection.
  • Trade:
    Carry out established plans of action for the sale and marketing of products and services, meeting the required conditions of quality, time, place and price. Manage a small business establishment. Manage storage and sales procedures. Drive the point of sale.
  • Micro-computing Systems and Networks:
    Install, configure and maintain isolated or network micro-computing systems, as well as local networks in small environments, ensuring that they function correctly and applying the established quality, security and environmental protocols. Develop projects in small and medium-sized companies with education in technical English.
  • Managing Outdoor Sports and Physical Activities:
    Manage groups on foot, cycling or on horseback, safely, on hikes and routes in low to mid mountain regions (where mountaineering and mountain climbing skills are not required). Carry out the administrative, management and marketing tasks of a small company. Apply the basics of health and first aid. Run physical activities for those with disabilities.

Discover the professional within you thanks to the Vocational Training courses at Areteia School!