Madrid education guide


If you are a regular reader of our blog, you will know how passionate we are about education and  finding the best school for your children. So, when Sinead from Steps into Spain told us she had written a Madrid Education Guide, we couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Over to you Sinead …

Many international families choose to relocate to Madrid for either business or pleasure. Whilst most definitely landlocked (it’s over 300 kilometers to the nearest beach!), we can honestly say that no Spanish city matches Madrid’s offering of arts and culture.

When families relocate to Madrid, their success rate is very much attached to finding the right school. It can make or break the relocation and puts a lot of pressure on finding the right one.


Happy child equals happy parent, right?

However, choosing the right school is a difficult decision at any time but is even more complicated in a foreign country especially if you do not have a good grasp of the Spanish language and are unfamiliar with the education system (and let’s not forget Spanish bureaucracy). Madrid has an ample selection of school options (Spanish, British, American, French, IB, etc.) that quite often families need additional support with their search either by working closely with an educational consultant or joining online groups like Madrid Education Facebook group.


Whether you choose state (público), semi-private (concertado) schools or private schools (international schools included in this category) careful planning is a must. The first step is to gather information on the different school options available in the capital city to begin to understand how it all works.

This Madrid Education Guide sets out all you need to know about schools in Madrid and how to navigate the different schools’ applications process. It was written by Madrid Education consultant Sinead Galvin who is an expert on schools in Madrid and the founder of Steps into Spain (Madrid-based educational consultancy).



Madrid Education Guide

The Madrid Education Guide:


📌 Provides a detailed summary of each school option broken down into the following categories – fees, entrance, timetable, faith, curriculum, exams and languages.

📌 Outlines the five educational stages– Primer and Segundo infantil, Primaria, la ESO (Educación Secundaria Oblig atoria) and el Bachillerato.

📌 Explains the bilingual education programme on offer at each school option in both primary and secondary stages.

📌 Describes the level of SEND support and how to access available resources.

📌 Guides you through the application process (including late applications for families who arrive outside of regular application dates) and admissions in each school option.


Madrid Education Guide


After reading this guide you should feel more prepared to make an informed decision about the right school for your child in Madrid.

If you do have further questions or are needing help with assessing the right school for your children, don’t hesitate to contact Sinead at


Download your copy of the Madrid Education Guide HERE: Download my Guide Now!

Join the Madrid Education Facebook group : Join Now!



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