callao learning centre
In November, 2011, this educational establishment opened its doors, with the modest beginnings of just six pupils. Over the years, this number has risen dramatically and the school has since been inspected by members of the British Council and declared to be of equivalent educational standard to a British Primary School.
Jean Simpson, a teacher with many years' experience in UK schools, including nine years as Head Teacher, has created this small, friendly place to offer young children between the ages of four and 12 an informal, familial environment, in which they can acheive individual goals and prepare themselves for entry into the mainstream school of their choice.
It is quite unique, this school. Its intimate setting facilitates individual tuition, thus allowing for the class to consist of various ages and nationalities.
To this end, each student is assessed and any specific area of difficulty is attended to. The tuition is based around the UK National Curriculum, with the accent on basic skills, such as English and mathematics.
The health and fitness of the child is also considered, with classes in PE and dance. As befits the location of the school, there are Spanish lessons, plus a grounding in information technology, development of social skills and, last but not least, reading skills.
Before you start thinking that Jean must be superhuman, doing all this on her own, there are five other members of staff, all highly qualified and each dealing with different disciplines.
The school is very flexible concerning its attendance options. As it is primarily a preparation school for mainstream education, it is possible to attend once a week, or even monthly, as well as making a daily visit.
Pupils may use the centre even if they already attend a state school, to, for example, hone their English skills.
Naturally, this is a fee-paying school and you can find details of costs on the school's website.
To find the school, you need to be on the TF-47 coast road connecting Las Americas with Los Gigantes, accessed from the end of the TF-1 motorway. Watch out for a sign for Callao Salvaje to the left, just before a roundabout. Take this road, which leads you down into this town. Stick to the road until you can go no further. The road you've arrived at is Calle de La Lava and the school is on this road, to the left.
callao learning centre
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