History & Ethos

Founded in 1971, Hastings is well reputed due to its commitment to the individual needs of children, the professional development of its teachers, and its excellent academic and interpersonal standards and results.

Our History


Hastings School was founded in 1971 and opened as a family-oriented British school, it was one of the first British Schools in Madrid.


Hastings School is based only in Paseo de la Habana. Pupils from Nursery to Year 6.

Paseo de la Habana coexist together with the building located in Alfonso XIII. Pupils up to Year 11.

Hastings first IGCSE exams in May.


Secondary Hastings pupils move from Alfonso XIII to the new Azulinas building.


Paseo de la Habana and Azulinas covering from Pre-Nursery to Year 13 with one form entry.


Cognita Schools Hastings school is acquired by Cognita, and begins its first wave of expansion by adding a second class per year group.


The current distribution of the School: Early Years in our building in Paseo de la Habana, Primary in Bendición de Campos and Secondary and Sixth Form in Azulinas.


Successfully inspected by the British Schools Overseas section of the UK government.


The first double class Year 7 group enters the secondary section.


Hastings School adds two new buildings to become a five site school for 850 pupils.

Our Values







Our Aims

Hastings is a school where we:

  • Are passionate about learning and teaching

  • Value every student and prioritise the quality of relationships 

  • Support students in fulfilling their academic potential and accessing top universities around the world 

  • Provide an environment in which students become globally minded: culturally intelligent and socially responsible 

  • Help our students to develop the qualities and attributes they will need to be successful at school, university and in life.