Intro to Secondary

Welcome to Hastings Secondary School

Hastings School is a fully authorised British school in Spain recognised by The British Council via the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS). Hastings School is also recognised by the UK Government as an overseas British school having successfully passed an inspection by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) section of the UK Ministry of Education (November 2012).

British School in Spain

We offer the national curriculum of England adapted to incorporate the minimum requirements of the Spanish national curriculum so that the education of our graduates can be validated by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Essentially this means that we use approximately 20% of our curriculum to teach up to native speaker’s level Spanish and the history and geography of Spain. Our pupils sit a variety UK standardised tracking tests, including MidYIS, Yellis and Alis, the UK standardised achievement tests at the end of year 6 and year 9 (internally corrected), and we offer the traditional battery of externally set, pre-university examinations typical for any British school: International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE; Year 11); Advanced Subsidiary (AS level; Year 12); Advanced Level (A level; Year 13).

IGCSE (Years 10 & 11)

The typical Hastings pupil will earn 9 IGCSE certificates: First Language English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science – Coordinated (double award), French, Spanish, plus two humanity subjects selected per pupil from Business Studies, Applied Information Communication Technology (i.e. Applied ICT), Geography, History, and Art & Design. Obligatory non-IGCSE subjects in years 10 and 11 include Physical Education (2 classes per week) and Personal, Social, Health Education (1 class per week).

AS/A Level (Years 12 & 13)

The typical Hastings pupils will select 4 AS/A level subjects in Year 12 chosen from: Literature in English, History, Economics & Business, Applied ICT, Art & Design, French, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. All pupils will sit the entire A Level in Spanish a year early at the end of their Year 12, unless they are a non-native speaker of Spanish in which case they will sit the level of exam most appropriate for their individual ability.

Spanish university preparation (Years 12 & 13)

Students who know it is at least possible that they will make applications to Spanish universities can also opt to take complementary Spanish university preparation classes in the following subjects: Historia del Arte, Literatura Universal y Lengua, Matemáticas aplicadas a las Ciencias Sociales, Geografía, DibujoTécnico, Biología, Física, Química y Matemáticas.