The International School Estepona, as a NABSS member, focuses on providing an outstanding, intellectual, spiritual and enjoyable experience of school, where we promote independence, foster respect, tolerance and kindness. We encourage our children to develop their own passion for learning and a spirit of enquiry through inspirational and responsive teaching so that they find education stimulating and pleasurable.  This approach results in children having a positive attitude towards learning for the rest of their lives.

The International School Estepona aims are:

In the early years our nursery follows the Montessori approach, which fosters a love of learning.

The Montessori curriculum helps co-ordination and motor skills through Montessori exercises for practical life. Children also refine their five senses using sensorial apparatus.

“Learning the correct answers will get a child through school, but learning how to learn is a preparation for life.” – Maria Montessori’

Maria Montessori recognised that children have a natural willingness to explore and that the best motivation for learning is self-motivation. In many schools, direction in everyday skills, social graces and discipline are sometimes lacking which is why our school devotes time on these points.

Our Early Years classrooms use the Montessori materials and teacher lead activities that inspire children to learn through play and exploration such as blocks, art, play dough, dressing-up, puppets etc. While children are encouraged to make their own choices  and take responsibility for what they would like to do in the classroom. Teachers will facilitate their learning by extending their experiences through structured/academic and group activities.

From Year 1 onwards we build upon the foundation of concrete learning into a more abstract one.  Our primary programme follows The National Curriculum in England and Wales, which has a strong focus on the three R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmatic).  In addition, the School syllabus includes Science, Spanish, History, Geography, R.E, Music, Art, Drama and PE. These subjects are taught by dedicated, experienced teachers, who strive to help each child to be motivated, inspired and to perform at his or her full potential.  We wish to instil in our children a set of attributes, skills and values that will enable them to make informed choices and become responsible principled pupils with an informed global perspective.

Birth to Three Matters (2-3 years old)
  • Emotional Well-being
  • Growing and Developing
  • Keeping Safe
  • Healthy Choices
Foundation Stage (3-5 years old)
  • Personal and social development
  • Language and literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Creative development
  • Physical development
  • Music
  • Spanish
Key Stages 1 & 2 (5-12 years old)
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Science
  • Religious studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Information Computer Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, social and health education