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At present there are14 schools and 1 College of Further Education in Gibraltar. with all teacher-training taking place in UK universities and colleges.

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Head Teacher

Gibraltar College of Further Education Mr. C. Beltran BEd; ADAES MEd
Westside School Mr A. Cortes BSc MEd
Bayside School Mr. I. Navas BEd
Bishop Fitzgerald School Mrs P. Lyon Cert. Ed. MEd
St Anne's School Mr J. Cortes B.Phil
St Joseph's Middle School Mr G. Parody BEd, ADAES
Sacred Heart School Mr A Gonzalez BA (Ed)
Hebrew School Mrs N. Garson Cert. Ed
Governor's Meadow School Mrs. G Belso, Cert. Ed
Notre Dame School Mrs M L Towills BA
St Bernard's School Mrs. M. Benrimoj Cert. Ed.
St Joseph's First School Mrs M T Viales, Cert. Ed
St Mary's School Mrs A Delaney, Cert. Ed.
St Paul's School Mrs J. Montegriffo, BEd
St Martin's Special School Mrs A Lukas, MA

 


The Gibraltar Government provides a number of places in nusery units for children of pre-school age. Current Government provision for pre-school children is catered for by St Paul's Nursery, St Paul's First School and Nursery, St Bernard's Nursery, Notre Dame First School and Nursery and St Joseph's First School and Nursery. There is also a Child Development Centre attached to St Martin's Special School.

A number of privately run playgroups and nurseries augment Government provision. There are currently 10 private playgroups/nurseries registered with the Department of Education and Training. These are inspected jointly by the Environmental Agency, the City Fire Brigade and the Department of Education and Training to ensure minimum standards of accommodation, numbers on roll and staffing levels.

Primary Education

Primary Education is free, full-time and compulsory for residents between the ages of 4+ and 12 years, based on age as at the beginning of the academic year. The First Schools cater for the 4+/7+ age-range (Years R to 3) and the Middle Schools for the 8+/12 age-range (Years 4 - 7). All these schools are co-educational and English is the language of instruction.

Spanish is introduced formally in the Middle School (Year 4), although in certain circumstances relating to special needs and work with reception class children, the use of Spanish is not discouraged in first schools. All curricula are governed by the National Curriculum Regulations which closely resembles the UK National Curriculum. There are specific differences in respect of Spanish and other subjects (including Religious Education) which reflects local realities.

Entry to formal education in the First Schools and the Hebrew Primary School takes place at the commencement of the Autumn Term each year. This is organised in such a way that all children who will attain the age of 5 during the academic year are enrolled at the beginning of the academic year.

To ease the transition into schooling, morning sessions only are attended for a period of time. Morning sessions plus afternoon sessions follow this later on during the year. Finally, full attendance for both morning and afternoon sessions follow. Schools are free to determine when and how often children start attending afternoon sessions.

Secondary Education

Secondary Education is free, full-time and compulsory between the ages of 12+ and 15+ years. The 11+ selective system came to an end in 1972, with the two single-sex grammar schools, and the four single-sex secondary modern schools merging into the two existing single-sex comprehensive schools. The Collister Working Party (1974) recommended that no commitment to co-education be entered into, at secondary level, until such time as the community was prepared to accept it. This is still the case to date.

As is the case at Primary level, the secondary curriculum is defined by National Curriculum legislation. In the first two years (Years 8 and 9), both secondary schools offer a broad compulsory curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Science, French or European Studies, Spanish, History, Geography, Art, Music, Religious Education, Physical Education, Design and Technology and Information and Communication Technology. In Years 10 and 11, pupils opt for a number of subjects from a range of subjects, always keeping to National Curriculum requirements, in order to enable them to study this reduced number in greater detail for public examination purposes. In addition, all pupils take the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science), Religious Education and Physical Education.


St Martin’s School was opened in September 1976 and essentially caters for a wide range of special needs for children between the ages of 5+ and 16+. The Department of Education and Training recently decided to set up a special needs Observation and Assessment Unit at St Martin’s Special School to cater for all children under the age of 5 who would benefit from such a facility.

A Special Unit for children of First School age was established at Notre Dame School in September 1983. A second unit was established in January 1985 at Bishop Fitzgerald School. These units cater for children for whom St Martin’s would be inappropriate but whose special needs cannot be met satisfactorily in the mainstream classroom. The capacity figure for the Units is an optimum of 6 at First School and 12 at Middle School. Special needs provision at secondary level is enhanced by providing a special unit at each Secondary School.

College of Further Education

The Gibraltar College of Further Education evolved from the Technical School set up in 1949 under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy). The demise of the Royal Navy Technical Colleges as Britain withdrew from its former colonies resulted in a move to localise posts in Gibraltar and this was steadily done from the mid-seventies onwards. The closure of the Royal Navy Dockyard in Gibraltar in 1982 accelerated the localisation process and this was completed in 1985 with the departure of the last RN Principal and the complete transfer of the facility to the Gibraltar Government.

Course Provision
Full-time provision is centred on AVCE Intermediate (1 year) and Advanced Courses (2 years) in Information Technology, Business and Finance Studies and Building Environment studies.

Day-release provision in the main leads to NVQ Certificates at Level II and III in such areas as Retailing, Administration, Bricklaying, Plastering, Carpentry, Electronics etc or BTEC National Certificates in IT, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering etc.

An area of rapid growth are courses leading to professional qualifications. The College is providing tuition/tutorial support for bodies such as ACCA, ILEX, ICSA, AAT, Institute of Bankers, and the Open University etc. There are also a large number of qualifications ranging from GCSE to the new AS levels being offered as part-time courses in the evenings.

The College is also the recognised examination centre for public examinations offered by UK Universities and the professional Institutes and Associations.

The Department sees its College of Further Education as providing educational opportunity for all who need it. The Department intends that the College becomes the main provider of 'Learning Opportunity' for post compulsory education in Gibraltar, by meeting the demands of the community, both vocational and professional, through imparting quality tuition with adequate and valid resources.

Higher Education

There are no facilities in Gibraltar for full-time higher education, and consequently, all students must study elsewhere at degree or degree equivalent level and certain non-degree courses. The Gibraltar Government operates a scholarship/grant system to provide funding for students studying in Britain.

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