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 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 Aims

The school aims to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum, based on the English National Curriculum and obligatory elements of the Spanish National Curriculum.
  • Create a secure, stimulating and happy environment for pupils.
  • Encourage resilience, initiative, independence and the pursuit of excellence.
  • Educate children to participate actively in all aspects of modern culture.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility, concern for fellow pupils, and respect and affection for the school and its community.
  • Uphold moral and ethical values, encourage understanding and tolerance of other cultures.
  • Develop concern for the environment.
  • Encourage the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.

So that pupils:

  • Are motivated and learn happily and effectively.
  • Are well behaved, considerate and cooperative.
  • Make appropriate progress and fulfil their potential.
  • Are successful in examinations and well prepared for advanced academic study.
  • Understand and appreciate other cultures.
  • Become responsible citizens who are equipped to participate fully in our democratic society.
  • Can successfully pursue appropriate careers.
  • Are able to deal with the demands of adult life in a rapidly changing technological world.