Global Readiness

Research has proven that exposure to learning languages from an early age contributes to a child’s cognitive development and bestows a multitude of intellectual and social benefits. Students at O Castro British School are immersed in the English language from day one and additional languages, including Spanish, French and Galician, form an essential and integral part of their schooling. We offer an extensive range of international events, activities and exchanges which enable our students to enjoy a real connection with the international community, opening their eyes to the global possibilities that lie ahead of them.

Languages

One of our principal objectives is to prepare our students for future in which they can integrate fully into the international community and can appreciate other languages and cultures. The main language spoken at the school is English, with Spanish, French and Galician also forming part of the mainstream curriculum. We employ highly qualified native and bilingual language teachers, many with extensive international experience.

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NACE Events and Activities

The NACE Schools group organises a series of international events and activities in which our students are invited to participate. These events provide an excellent opportunity for pupils to perfect their language skills, share experiences and establish friendships with students from around the world.

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Cambridge IGCSE and A-Level

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Advanced Level (A-level) examinations are rigorous academic qualifications that are recognised throughout the international community and which provide access to the best universities around the world.

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WHAT THOSE INVOLVED HAVE TO SAY

“Searching for a stimulating academic environment where I could put down roots and continue to grow as an educator, I joined O Castro almost five years ago.

Since then, I have found myself in a warm, welcoming atmosphere supported both personally and professionally by a great staff. In spite of its healthy growth, O Castro still feels like a close-knit family where everyone knows your name and we take the time to get to know each other.  Without this sense of community it would be impossible to craft inspiring, cross-curriculum learning opportunities for our students that often require the collaboration of other educators and classes.

One of the most appealing aspects of our school is that we can achieve all this while modeling target languages in a way that consistently encourages correct usage by our students. It is often said that learning other languages can be “fun” and “useful”, yet I discovered early on in my career that foreign language acquisition that takes place in an optimal learning environment can shape and change our lives by unlocking doors to great opportunities, huge adventures and vast cultural enrichment.”

Denise Linela Rodriguez

Year 5 Teacher

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