King’s College Alicante distinguished for its ‘excellent educational standards’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate

20th June 2016

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has conducted a quality inspection in the school King’s College Alicante (based in Spain) and has recognised its “excellent standards” as well as the high quality of its faculty and governance.

The British school King’s College Alicante has been recognized for its “excellent educational standards” by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). The body accredited by the British government, conducted an inspection of the school last October and concluded that “the quality of the pupils’ achievements” as well as “their learning, attitudes and skills is excellent”. Every category of the inspection was rated excellent.

King’s College Alicante, part of the King’s Group of Schools, opened in 2000 and was a pioneer in offering a comprehensive British education in the city. It currently has around 1000 students from over 30 different nationalities and has become a point of reference in the region.

In the report, the ISI highlighted the remarkable functioning of the school and its facilities, as well as the pupil’s “rapid progress in their acquisition of English, as a result of the excellent support they receive and so, by the time they leave, express themselves eloquently and accurately in English and Spanish”.

According to the British Inspectorate, one of the school’s main strengths resides in how it “combines local and UK requirements skilfully, so that pupils can move easily to Spanish and English language universities”. In this regard, the ISI report also stresses pupil’s “excellent progress as they move through the sections of the school” and highlights that their A-level results exceed the UK national average.

Both management and faculty at King’s College Alicante are rated as “highly qualified” and the support and pastoral care they provide to students throughout their academic life is considered “excellent”.

In regards to the extracurricular activities, the ISI report highlights the schools “extensive activity programme, with more than 450 students enrolled in 27 activities” that are led by “by qualified and experienced enthusiasts”. 


About ISI inspections

This inspection report follows the ISI Schedule for the inspection of British schools overseas. The inspection consists of two parts: a preliminary two-day visit followed by a four-day (team) inspection.

The inspectors observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with pupils and staff and examined samples of pupils’ work. They held discussions with senior members of staff, the chair of governors, the chief executive and members of the local advisory council. Furthermore they observed a sample of the schools extra-curricular activities and attended registration sessions and assemblies. The responses of parents and pupils to pre-inspection questionnaires were analysed, and the inspectors examined documentation made available by the school.