General Questions About the Olive Tree
Which curriculum is taught?
We teach the British National curriculum to children aged 3-16 years. Children enter the school in Saplings, move through Primary and complete their time with us in Secondary where they prepare for, and sit their GCSE examinations. While we teach the full British curriculum, we teach it dynamically and thoughtfully keeping in mind our wonderfully diverse group of international pupils.
We are also regularly inspected by NABBS.
What is the required level of English?
We believe there should be a balance of majority of fluent/native speakers with non-fluent speakers. In this way we can offer a much higher level of English than in other schools.
These percentages are not fixed; we always consider the potential of the pupil to fly with English in a reasonable length of time.
In this way, we create a strong immersion for pupils.
In 2016, the British inspectors praised both our very high level of English as a school, and our effective immersion program.
Which ages are taught?
We offer places for pupils aged 3-16 years. Beginning in Saplings (Early Years), children move through the British Key Stages in Lower Primary, followed by Upper Primary and on to
Secondary where they complete their GCSE examinations.
What are the class sizes?
In educational circles, our class sizes are considered ‘small’ or ‘very small’.
Optimal numbers are considered to be between 15-22 in most academic studies. At Olive Tree our class sizes are as follows:
Years 1-2 14
Year 3-6 18
Years 7-11 14
We strive to keep class sizes small, with plenty of extra teaching support.
Where are the teachers from?
Our teachers are British government trained and certified. Our Spanish and Catalan teachers are native speakers and have studied here in Spain.
How many hours of Spanish / Catalan / Art / Music / P.E. are taught per week?
3 hours per week of Spanish
1 hour per week of Catalan
2 hours per week of Art
2 hours per week of Music
2 hours per week of P.E.
Which language is spoken on the playground?
English and Spanish are both spoken on the playground, with English naturally dominating. All classes are taught in English, except our language classes: Spanish and Catalan.
What are the nationalities?
Olive Tree is an international school, with a mix of pupils and families from all over the world. We are proud to have 27 nationalities represented.
How will my child get to and from school?
Olive Tree school hours are from 8:45am – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday excluding school holidays. Our children use a variety of transport options to get to school, including walking and bike riding. Many of our pupils carpool or take the local bus which leaves the Sitges train station at approximately 8:05am making stops through Sitges and Sant Pere de Ribes before stopping at the Olive Tree. This bus is often filled with Olive Tree pupils and teachers, and makes a great transport option for pupils.
If you are coming from Barcelona, Casteldefells, Tarragona or Vilafranca or other areas outside the immediate Sitges/Sant Pere de Ribes area, we can help you get in touch with parents in those areas for possible carpooling options.