Sandbrook English Centre - a school with a difference!
Sandbrook English Centre is a small, specialised educational establishment based, these days, in the village of Tejina, just outside Adeje.
It has previously been situated in Las Americas, helping children for over 20 years. It was then affiliated with the Little People's Nursery, but now it has become a totally seperate entity.
It's a small school and, therefore, has small classes. This gives the experienced, qualified teaching staff much more opportunity to adopt a personal approach and spend valuable time with individual children.
In some ways, this is could be considered an alternative method of teaching, but the school follows the UK curriculum to some extent and classes include basics, like mathematics, science, history and geography. The school lives up to its name, too, with great importance being given to the teaching of English and thus is an excellent centre for non-English speaking pupils.
Of course, Spanish is taught too and the school also offers IT training, as well as less academic subjects, such as gymnastics, dance - and gardening!
Yes, the school has an allotment at the back of the building, where vegetables are grown and the children are encouraged to help in the tending of it. They even end up eating the food they grow! The vegetable patch supplies the school kitchen. Now, that's real, organic, fresh food!
Sandbrook English Centre is geared mainly for younger children, offering schooling for pupils four years and upward, intending to prepare them for transition to a British school or a Spanish state school. They will, however, take in older children who might benefit from their unique teaching methods. You simply need to phone the school to discuss it.
The village where the school is based is reached by taking the TF-1 motorway out of Las Americas, in the Los Gigantes direction. You carry on when it stops being a motorway and will soon arrive at Tejina.
You need to turn right off here and I suggest you look out for a large car-parking area to your right, where there are two buildings side by side, one pink and one blue. Turn up that road to the right, carry on up the hill till you reach a T-junction. This road at which you've arrived is Calle Virgen del Rosario and is the street containing the school.
Its address on this street is number 50 and I think you turn right onto it and will see the school eventually on the right.