THERE are few schools in Spain that have such a wonderful family feel… and put such an emphasis on health and fitness.

British School of Marbella
British School of Marbella

At the British School of Marbella (BSM) teachers work hard to try and get their pupils at least an hour of exercise a day and often more.

Part of the British Schools Foundation – which has 10 schools around the world – the emphasis is on raising healthy, rounded children with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in life.

“The benefits of daily exercise are incredibly far reaching and go well beyond developing cardiovascular fitness,” explains headteacher Sian Kirkham, who previously ran the group’s leading school in Moscow.

“A big part of being healthy for children is getting the recommended level of physical activity—at least 60 minutes daily. Studies show that physical activity not only helps children stay active and healthy, but it can enhance important skills like concentration and problem solving, which can improve academic performance.”

The school set up in 2010 has a daily sports programme that includes swimming, horse riding, tennis and team games and helps the children learn values of teamwork and sportsmanship.

“We are a British school with clear aims, a standardised curriculum and high academic standards,” explains Kirkham. “Though traditional and formal in style, we are also progressive, dynamic and have a modern approach to teaching and learning.

“We combine the rigours of classroom work with a welcoming learning environment. Children are encouraged to do their best at whatever they attempt, and to achieve their full potential in all areas.

“Our staff set the very highest standards, not only academically, but also in terms of behaviour and social skills.

“We are very fortunate to have combined a dedicated team, with a fabulous campus located in the centre of Marbella. Together, with rich academic resources and the use of state-of-the-art technologies, it allows BSM to provide a first rate education for the children.

“We aim to instil, from the very youngest age, the ability for critical thinking and reasoning, while gaining essential social and learning skills, which will be integral to their school life.”

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