Who Are We?
We see that high expectations breed academic excellence. We strive to give all of our pupils a strong sense of independence, optimism and resilience. And above all, an excitement about the world of ideas!
PUPIL CENTRED LEARNING
We understand that happy, confident children learn best. We focus on creating an environment which promotes deep and memorable learning.
BRITISH TRAINED STAFF
We follow the British National Curriculum, but we interpret it creatively and dynamically with an emphasis on personalising each lesson.
Our small class sizes make for strong teacher-pupil bonds; honed expectations and supportive learning plan for each pupil.
SAPLINGS / EARLY YEARS
A warm, caring, environment for our youngest pupils.
Very high teacher-to-child ratio, giving children the space and attention to be curious, learn and grow.
In small classes, children begin to develop creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
They learn through collaboration, compassion and hands-on learning.
A balance of high academic expectations coupled with creativity for 11 to 16 year-olds.
Small class sizes for individual attention and opportunity for in-depth investigation.
100% GCSE pass rate.
We are the only school in Catalonia to offer The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams.
Why The Olive Tree?
Small class sizes
A warm, caring environment
International community of families
100% GCSE pass rate
British government-trained staff
High level of English
High academic expectations
Active, personalized education for 3-16 year olds
Welcome to our much-loved school for 3-16 year-olds, now in its twelfth year!
The Olive Tree began life in a little house in Sitges, with the aim of providing a family environment where the learning was incredibly exciting.
Now, twelve years later, we have grown. We have spacious premises with beautiful grassy gardens, a science lab, two ICT rooms, a busy art studio, two peaceful, plant-filled libraries, several outdoor classrooms, two thriving vegetable plots and an indoor and an outdoor theatre. And an ancient olive tree to read under or to climb!
We may have grown but our priority remains the same: inspiring excitement for the world of ideas and learning.
We have kept our small classes to ensure your child’s learning is personalized to their needs, and to provide warm emotional support.
In the local community we are known for our creative approach: our gallery of artwork and our concerts. In our theatre productions, literature comes to life; in our Engineering projects, Maths is activated.
We are also committed to Forest School and other forms of outdoor learning for pupils of all ages.
Our children and young adults search for solutions to community and global issues.
And, when a young adult completes their time with us at 16, their examination results are well above the UK average. No surprise, since thinking and learning are at the heart of our school.
We’d love to meet you and your child,
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WE ARE A TRULY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
OUR STUDENTS COME FROM 27+ COUNTRIES
It’s a school with a lot of guts. It’s creative, hands-on, proactive and nurturing but expects academic excellence. I thoroughly recommend the Olive Tree.
– Diego Fabra
The Olive Tree has a unique ethos that I have not found anywhere else. The main aim of the headteacher is to bring out the potential in her children. The teachers here have a vocation, going far beyond academics. I wish more children could enjoy this level of inspirational and holistic education.
– Margaret Davies
This school has been more welcoming than any other school we have come across; the teachers have been always been warm and extremely responsive; our child has been growing and learning quickly, and enjoyed school so much it has often been a struggle to get him to leave at the end of the school day! The small class sizes and the excellent teaching, have meant that our child has been able to truly learn at his own pace.
– Serene Olesetti
I think you know a school works when none of the kids want to come home at 4 o’clock.
– Susana Preston
We had a lovely holiday but the boys were really happy to be coming back. I don’t ever remember feeling that way about any of my schools. They are so happy and engaged.
– Juliet Ryder
This school is very much the heart of our community: my daughter thrives in such a supportive open atmosphere.
– Claire Davies