Hastings News

Year 6 Transition to Secondary

7th June 2018

As part of the transition to secondary, Year 6 visited Lorenzo Solano Tendero campus and took part in a day full of fun and excitement!


Junior Athletics Day

25th May 2018

On Wednesday 23 May, a team of Year 4, 5 and 6 athletes joined children from other British schools in Madrid at a stadium in Las Rozas to participate in the annual Junior Athletics Day.


Year 3 bird trip to Museum of Natural Sciences

11th May 2018

As a fabulous finish of their Bird topic, Year 3 pupils went on a trip to the Museum of Natural Sciences and had the chance to sketch the actual bird they had researched and written about.


Outdoor science class for Year 4 students at Cañada Real Open Centre

4th May 2018

Cañada Real Open Centre

Year 4 enjoyed a sunny day at the open air at Cañada Real Open Centre and had the opportunity to observe some of the species of plants and animals that belong to the ecosystems here on the Iberian Peninsula.


Art Exhibition: Year 2 students become artists

24th April 2018

Over the last few weeks Year 2 have become very knowledgeable about the artists Kandinsky, Miro and Picasso. They have researched facts about them and become artists themselves producing paintings and sculptures inspired by the art work they have seen.


Year 12 students participate in the European Youth Parliament in Cordoba

16th April 2018

Three students from Year 12 travelled to Cordoba with Ms. Clark from April 11th to Sunday 15th to participate in the European Youth Parliament for the 13th National Congress in Spain where they spent almost five days debating, enjoying and making friendships.


Year 13 pupils attend a talk about “Global climate change and the effects on the Arctic”

13th April 2018

Dr. Geoffrey D. Abbott Reader in Organic Geochemistry speaks to Hastings Scientists. Dr Geoff Abbott (Newcastle University) gave a talk to sixth formers about an exciting new research project on “Global climate change and the effects on the Arctic” Dr Abbott said “Our project will focus on the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, the seafloor, which is by no means the boring, dark environment it


1st Hastings School – Secondary Science Fair

22nd March 2018

On Saturday, 10th March 2018, students from Hastings School secondary section participated in the very first Hastings Science Fair! The event was open to students from years 7 to 9. The students competed in teams of 4. They had to present a poster based on a practical experiment and investigation they had carried out at school for the judges. We had several teams from each


Year 1 ‘Fantastic Finish’ to end their topic on Traditional tales, which incorporated a science unit on Materials

26th February 2018

As a ‘Fantastic Finish’ for this topic on Traditional Tales, the Year 1 children were asked to make a model house. One of the Traditional Tales they had read was ‘The story of the Three Little Pigs’. As scientists, they had found out about different materials and their properties. The children made their own model houses at home and then the parents were invited into


Hastings wins the regional session of The European Youth Parliament

19th February 2018

  The European Youth Parliament (EYP) Madrid regional session took place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February. It involved 6 students from Year 12 who volunteered to participate: Rebeca C., Isabel J., Alberto M., Teresa R, Alicia D. and Jorge P. They were involved in team building activities first on Saturday morning and then worked in Committee- writing resolutions.  Sunday was the General Assembly


Art and Photography cultural trip to Florence

16th January 2018

In December the Art and Photography students from year 12 and 13 visited the magnificent city of Florence for 5 days. The trip was packed full of culturally enriching experiences such as climbing the leaning tower of Pisa, attending a special Science and Art workshop at the Galileo museum, participating in the Michelangelo and Faith Tour which included visiting the Accademia, Laurentian Library,Cupola, Operas del


Book week in Primary and fundraising event to send books to Malawi

22nd November 2017

Friday was the culmination of our book week. There were a lot of book related activities organised, in particular paired reading between different age-groups. There were also some fantastic book character costumes, showing enormous creativity! This was a fund-raising event to pay for 500kg of books that we no longer use in our school to be sent to Malawi, where they will be distributed amongst


Year 2 and Meerkat Mail

16th November 2017

On Tuesday 7th November, Year 2 shared their fantastic finish projects with an impressive display in the gym. The children worked at home to create a habitat for either The Storm Whale or Sunny from the book Meerkat Mail. They were given the choice of how they wanted to represent the habitat. Many of the children chose to do this by creating a diorama or


Year 12 pupils go to the British university fair and greet Simon Manley, the UK ambassador in Spain

23rd October 2017

Simon Manley, UK ambassador in Spain with two Hastings School pupils

Last week, nearly 50 students in year 12 attended the main annual British Universities Fair organized by the British Council in Madrid. Our students spent two hours speaking to admissions tutors of more than 40 British universities and institutes of higher education to find out about their course options, requirements to be accepted onto a place, what universities are looking for, to talk about university


Year 9 trip to Sierra de Gredos 2017

28th September 2017

It’s 9.45 am on Tuesday, 26th September. The sun is shining through our windows and onto the beautiful countryside all around us. We have gently warmed up from the 5 degrees Celsius that not long ago brought a flicker to our eyelids, waking us with brief hesitation to the semi darkness of a new day, in a strange room, on a strange bed and the


Shadowing programme 2017 for Year 11 students

29th June 2017

We would like to thank all the parents and companies involved in this Programme for their invaluable help and dedication, and we hope we can depend on your collaboration next year. Steve Needham Head of Secondary


Year 12 Photo Exhibition at ASPA Contemporary art gallery

20th June 2017

 After the workshop’s great success and with the help and support of the art gallery ASPA , Year 12’s work will be hung alongside Legarreta’s latest work as part of her exhibition “El río no es un lugar” (The River Is Not a Place).   The opening day of the exhibition will take place at ASPA Gallery (C/ Galileo, 19) next Wednesday 21st June at


Cognita wins award for continuous school improvement based on parent feedback

6th June 2017

Cognita has won a 2017 Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Award as the Judges’ Choice for its Voice of the Parent programme. This is the second year that Cognita has been commended for ‘Voice of the Parent’, further recognition that the ongoing feedback received from parents directly inputs into the continuous improvement in its schools. The judges applauded Cognita’s use of parent feedback to


Year 7 pupils participate in the Ist Maxwell STEM Fair

23rd March 2017

Last Saturday 11th of March, fifteen students of Year 7 along with their Science teachers Mr. Connolly and Ms. Martínez, participated in the I Maxwell STEM Fair. The aim of this day was to make children experience how the scientific method work, make them elaborate their own hypothesis, test it and present their results and conclusion. The activity consisted of a presentation of some posters with


Hastings Sobradiel inauguration

10th March 2017

Last Thursday 9th March we celebrated the inauguration of Sobradiel. With the lovely weather matching the mood of the parents and staff that shared with us this moment we started this short but emotive event. Our Upper Key Stage 2 choir performed two songs: Spin round and the famous song by […]


CIE Awards 2016

22nd February 2017

At a school assembly 6 of our current students and one ex student were given the accolades that they deserved in front of a group of Hastings students and teachers. Cambridge outstanding learners award certificates were presented to the following students: Top in the World for IGCSE (Yr 11) Spanish […]


Year 3 visit the National Museum of Natural Sciences

1st February 2017

Year 3’s terrific new topic is all about ‘Birds’ and what better way to have a ‘Brilliant Beginning’ than to visit a museum.  Last Thursday and Friday, 26th and 27th January, the Year 3 classes visited the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid.   While there, the children undertook […]


Year 11 pupils’ trip to Berlín

22nd November 2016

16 students from Year 11 and 2 teachers travelled to Berlin on Monday October 17th for an excursion as part of the IGCSE History course. In the 5 days spent there, the group visited many museums, the Reichstag, a concentration camp and the Olympic Stadium to help their understanding of […]


A submariner visited our Year 3 pupils

22nd November 2016

On Friday 18th November, Y3 children in Bendición de Campos were visited by a submariner as part of their Exploration topic. In their current text, Before I Wake Up, the main character goes under the sea in her dreams and many of the children had expressed this as their dream […]


Hastings students visited the British University Fair 2016

22nd November 2016

Every year in October we take all of year 12 to a British Universities Fair organized by the British Council. This year, over 30 universities from around the United Kingdom sent representatives to the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid to talk about their university offers and conditions. The students […]


Year 3 trip to El Prado museum

3rd November 2016

On Monday 24th October Year 3 children from Bendición de Campos and Lorenzo Solano Tendero visited the Prado Museum to support and inspire learning related to their ‘Spain’ topic, from the new creative curriculum. During the visit, the children had the opportunity to view and learn about Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez and The Parasol by […]


Year 8 & Year 9 trip to Gredos

24th October 2016

This month of October our pupils in Year 8 and 9 went to Gredos and had an excellent three-days trip. They played a lot of games, practised diffents sports and activites and had the opportunity to go outside and enjoy the nature. In their own words, this is what they […]


Year 8 and 9 trip to Gredos

This month of October our pupils in Year 8 and 9 went to Gredos and had an excellent three-days trip. They played a lot of games, practised diffents sports and activites and had the opportunity to go outside and enjoy the nature. In their own words, this is what they […]


Freshers’ Fair 2016

28th June 2016

On 23rd June, Year 12 staged our now yearly induction event of  Freshers’ Fair to welcome our year 11s into the sixth form at Hastings.  With this idea we emulate the popular first week of university in the UK, during which new undergraduate students are invited to attend a week-long Freshers’ Fair, hosting a whole […]


Escuela Animalia visited Pre-Nursery

28th June 2016

On Tuesday 14th June a petting zoo came to Paseo de la Habana, there was a variety of farm animals including a piglet, a duckling and a chick. There were also rabbits, goats, sheep, geese, hens and a very big cockerel! The children got to feed, brush and touch all the […]


Shadowing Programme 2016

28th June 2016

We are happy to announce that our 2016 Shadowing Programme for Year 11 students has gone extremely well. From June 13th to 17th, all of our Year 11 students were able to benefit from the opportunity of shadowing people in work environments that were of interest to them.  The idea is […]


Year 2 trip to the Castle of Manzanares el Real

15th June 2016

To round off their final topic on castles, Year 2 spent a day at the castle in Manzanares, where they dressed up in medieval clothes and imagined what life would have been like back in those times. They explored the whole complex from the courtyard up the twisty staircase in […]


Year 1 school farm trip

15th June 2016

Year 1 had an entertaining day out at the School Farm. In school we have been looking at different types of farms. So it was exciting to see everything we have been learning about in action. We went on a tractor ride, a boat trip, we looked at the animals, we explored the vegetable […]


Year 1 trip to La Casa Encendida

31st May 2016

In Year 1 we are learning about growing plants in Science and we recently spent an exciting morning on the roof garden of La Casa Encendida in Embajadores. We learnt about which plants produce the foods that we eat and how they grow. We were able to investigate and identify different vegetables and herbs […]


Collapsed curriculum week at Hastings Primary School

27th May 2016

Every year at Hastings Primary School we have a collapsed curriculum week, where all the classes take a common focus and all areas of the curriculum are based on this. In the past we have had an Environmental Week, a Design Technology Week and a Cultural Awareness Week, all of […]


Inauguration of Lorenzo Solano Tendero

13th May 2016

On Thursday May 12th, our new school site in c/. Lorenzo Solano Tendero 11, was officially inaugurated by the British Ambassador for Spain, Mr. Simon Manley CMG. Parents, pupils and school staff were present at the event which was also attended by Mr. Adam Austerfield, Vice-President of the British Chamber […]


Year 6 & 7 pupils came third in a basketball tournament

2nd February 2016

Last Tuesday 2nd February, some of our Year 6 and 7 boys represented Hastings School in a Basketball tournament, in which 8 British schools in Madrid competed. We are enormously proud of them, as they came third. Congratulations boys!  


POU programme 2016

13th January 2016

In the Sixth Form at Hastings, in term 2 years 11 to 13 attend our annual University Guidance Programme now in its 10th edition. These talks run for 9 weeks from 13th January to 16th March on Wednesday afternoons and form part of our PSHE and work-related learning programme for senior students. A range of higher education institutions, […]


Chistmas Carol in Primary

20th December 2015

A lovely afternoon was had on Friday 18th December, when KS2 – from Year 3 to Year 6 – parents were invited to hear and join in with their children singing Christmas songs in the playground of Bendición. The Hastings Parents Association made hot chocolate and cakes which they sold […]


Movember at Hastings

23rd November 2015

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising £402 million and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. The reason we are doing this […]


18th Edition Race Against the Hunger

20th November 2015

On May 22nd, 280  pupils from Year 4 to Year 10 and ten  Hastings’ school teachers participated in the 18th edition of the Race against hungerpromoted by the foundation of the same name. Each of the participants had one or more sponsors and per lap than pupils gave to the […]


Halloween in Primary

30th October 2015

On Friday 30th October we celebrated Halloween in Primary. Both KS1 and KS2 had an assembly during the day where a costume parade, Halloween stories and songs were enjoyed by everyone. Teachers organised art activities throughout the day as part of the fun. All costumes were amazing showing a lot […]


Year 4 pupils visit The Templo de Debod

20th October 2015

The children in Year 4 took a bus tour around Madrid as part of a mini-Geography topic on mapwork and the local area. The children identified Madrid’s main landmarks and back at school, they learnt more about some of these with their Spanish teachers. As a special treat, they were shown […]


New Hastings site in Arturo Soria area – Opening in September 2016

20th October 2015

We are opening a new site in September 2016 in the neighborhood of Arturo Soria which will allow us to offer new places for the academic year 2016/2017.   The address is Calle Lorenzo Solano Tendero, 11, a street perpendicular to Arturo Soria,  main artery of the Ciudad Lineal district.  […]


Sixth Form students visit the British University Fair

19th October 2015

Every year in sixth form, years 12 and 13 attend The British University Fair in October run by the British Council. This year around 35 UK universities attended including Cambridge University for the first time, Imperial College London, University College London, Kings College, Manchester and Leeds. Sixth formers were able to […]


The Global Fund for Children visit Hastings School

14th October 2015

As you may know, earlier this week Hastings welcomed representatives from Cognita and The Global Fund for Children (GFC), the international not-for-profit organisation which works to improve the dignity and educational opportunities of vulnerable children worldwide. The visit by Margaret Kubicek, Cognita Group Communications Manager, and Danielle Bidos, GFC Development […]


Gredos Trip

2nd October 2015

A very enjoyable residential Science and Geography excursion took place involving Year 8, 9 and some Year 13 students. The participants went walking in the mountains or by cascades along a river. Studies were undertaken of settlements, ecosystems and a water survey around the Gredos Centre as well. The students were also involved in a treasure […]


2015 Shadowing Programme for Year 11

22nd June 2015

We are happy to announce that our 2015 Shadowing Programme for Year 11 students went extremely well. Recently, June 10th to 12th, all of our Year 11 students were able to benefit from the opportunity of shadowing people in work environments that were of interest to them.  The idea is to give students […]


Year 11, 12 & 13 – Selection of Art work

31st May 2015

Year 13, 12 & 11 – Selection of Art work This is a selection of Art work from our hardworking Artists here at Hastings School. Art students follow a very rigorous Art course which not only teaches the discipline of fine Art skills, but also encourages students to be confident and innovative. The Art room […]


Hastings Athletic team win the ‘Fair’ trophy for the second time

12th May 2015

On Tuesday 12th May Hastings intermediate athletics team( years 7-9) won the ‘Fair’ trophy at Las Rozas, Dehesa de Navalcarbon stadium,for the second time in three years. There is a main competition, and then so that it is fairer for the small schools, they divide the number of points accrued in the competition by the […]


Year 10 and 11 Berlin Trip

1st May 2015

History IGCSE students from Hastings School were in Berlin from Monday 27th April to  Friday 1st May when they returned to Madrid.  It was a very enjoyable experience – with the group having a three hour walking tour with an English guide to start off the visit. Other highlights included […]


Joel Heagney, Primary teacher is the winner of the Cognita Europe “Awards for Excellence”

26th March 2015

It is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to announce that Joel Hagney, one of our teachers in Primary, is the winner of the Cognita Europe “Awards for Excellence” in his category. This is the complete list as follows: Early Years – Katie Copeman, Duncombe School, UK Primary/Elementary […]


Our Easter Egg morning – Family Club

25th March 2015

On Saturday 21st March, the Family Club hosted the Easter Egg activity which is a huge favourite amongst the Hastings School community. The event took place in the Bendición de Campos building and both parents and children had great fun painting eggs, making Easter baskets in which to take the chocolate eggs home in and […]


Hastings in the list of The best schools in Spain by El Mundo

11th March 2015

It is with great pride and pleasure that we highlight to our community the fact that Hastings has once again been included in the list of ‘Top 20 International Schools in Spain’ as compiled by the ‘El Mundo’ national newspaper. This is yet another indication that the quality of educational provision at Hastings School continues to be […]


Hastings Drama project 2014-15

11th February 2015

On the 12th of February students from Years 7 and 9 performed a selection of short plays to a very appreciative audience of fellow students and parents. The title of the show was Hastings Drama Project: Greatest Hits. It included some of the most popular short plays performed over the […]


Hastings School participation in European Youth Parliament

7th February 2015

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of February, six students from Hastings School were involved in the Madrid session of the European Youth Parliament competition. Sofia, Monish, Nicolas, Monica, Clara and Daira from Year 12 joined students from 7 other schools to have two days of team building, committee work and a General […]


Art session in our Family Club: Kandinsky and Matisse

7th February 2015

Art is considered to be very important at Hastings Schooland in fact you will see many outstanding examples of our students’ artwork along school walls and corridors. Last Saturday 7th February, yet another ‘Family Club’ session took place, and this time it revolved around art and the prestigious artists Kandinskyand […]


University Guidance Programme and Unitour

19th January 2015

Hastings School is proud to announce that the 9th Edition of its University Guidance Programme which will take place on Wednesday afternoons from January until Easter in the Azulinas building. We are extremely pleased that so many parents and external speakers, with fascinating experiences to offer our Year 11, 12 […]


The Salvation Army

19th December 2014

Over the last couple of weeks,Hastings School pupils have been putting together food parcels that their parents traditionally donate at Christmas.  Yesterday morning,The Salvation Army picked them all up and we sincerely hope that the School’s contribution helps to make life a little easier for those in need at this time of year. We wish […]


Gingerbread cookies in our Family Club

14th December 2014

The weather this weekend was ideal for staying at home and spending time with the family, or, indeed to come to our Family Club, as did a lot of families, to make and decorate delicious biscuits with Christmas motifs. Whilst preparing the biscuits, the ovens were in full swing filling the air with a warm […]


Movember at Hastings School

17th November 2014

The Student Council at Hastings School is raising funds and promoting awareness for the Movember Foundation this month. This is a world-wide organisation of charity committed to the fight against men’s illnesses, such as prostate cancer or testicular cancer. During the month of November, the foundation encourages men to grow moustaches as a gesture of support, […]


Hastings School win the International School basketball tournament

11th November 2014

Hastings sporting involvement continues to be successful this year with a first time Boys infantil basketball victory at the International schools basketball tournament held by Kensington school.  We had a very strong team led by Quique Cordon who was the standout player at the tournament. He was ably supported by a range of other players drafted from years […]


Fifth Hastings School Football Tournament and Barbecue

14th June 2014

On Saturday 13th June, Hastings School celebrated its V Football-7 Tournament at the Polideportivo Luis Aragonés .  The day turned up perfect to practice sports: cloudy and with a light breeze, much better that the suffocating hot weather in other editions. On the verge of 9 am, the two football […]


The Best 100 Schools

13th March 2014

It is our pleasure to announce that Hastings School has yet again been selected by the Spanish newspaper ‘El Mundo’, in their special publication “The Best 100 Schools”, as an outstanding British centre within the ‘Comunidad de Madrid’, as indeed has been the case over the past five years, and […]


Hastings School’s success in The European Youth Parliament regional session held in Madrid on Saturday 8th February 2014

13th February 2014

Six students from Year 12 participated in a day of team-building activities and open debate at the ‘Centro Municipal de la Esfera’ in Alcobendas, Madrid.  Nine schools were represented and the event took place from 9.30a.m. to 7.30pm. Olalla, Ana, Pilar, Luca, Nicolas and Jesus were involved in making speeches […]



13th December 2013

It is with enormous pleasure that for the fourth year running, Hastings School is sponsoring The Madrid Players’ pantomime. The Madrid Players is Madrid’s oldest and biggest English language theatre group, putting on a wide range of performances throughout the year, culminating in their annual pantomime, viewed by a public […]


Cognita celebrates the inspiration, commitment and professionalism of its teachers

5th December 2013

On 19th November, Cognita held the second of its annual Awards for Excellence, a celebration of outstanding teaching across the Group’s 64 schools world-wide. This year, nominees came from far and wide with teachers from Chile, Vietnam, Brazil, Spain, Thailand, Singapore and the United Kingdom all vying for the accolade […]