The English School of Asturias is located between Oviedo and Gijón in an idyllic rural setting in Llanera, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the main roads which connect the two cities. The school is accessible from many areas of Asturias, through our extensive bus services, as well as by car, for families who commute from one zone of the region to another.
Our privileged setting of over 55,000m2 is spacious, with bright, airy classrooms, many of which give direct access to our three playgrounds. There are two covered playgrounds and the building flows from one section to another, to create departmental spaces for our children who range from three to 18 years of age.
The Early Years and Foundation Stage setting was purpose-built for young children with enquiring minds. Here, Nursery aged children can sleep a siesta, whilst the Reception aged children are able to continue their learning through experimental structured play, with a wide range of resources which meet the needs and safety requirements of busy children.
We have ample space in the Early Years setting to support children’s personal hygiene, including age appropriate facilities, ample space for the Nursery nap time and easy access to the outdoor learning and play area as well as the Early Years garden.
The Key Stage One section is on the ground level of the school. All rooms have direct access to our Infant playground and covered play area. The rooms are bright, spacious, full of colour and equipped with technology to support learning in each classroom. Storage areas are clearly designated and each year group has specific toilets and hygiene facilities.
Key Stage Two classrooms are on two levels: Years 3 and 4 have direct access to the larger playing fields and basketball courts. Years 5 and 6 are on the upper floor, next to the Primary Art room, and access the playground by a covered ramp, next to the main sports hall. Again, our classrooms are bright, happy places to learn, with space to work in groups, pairs or individually: all equipped with computers and interactive projectors to support cross-curricular teaching and learning.
Our Secondary wing covers three floors of the school, with spacious, subject based classrooms as well as three science laboratories, an art and design workshop, a computer lab and a media centre. The school library is a place for quiet study for sixth formers, and smaller rooms are used for sixth form specialist subjects as well as specific learning needs support across the school. Laptops are provided to support learning across the Primary and Secondary age ranges.
Active learning is fundamental at The English School of Asturias - we learn outside and develop critical thinking in a variety of environments across the school. Sixth formers work along Primary support staff to scaffold reading with our younger children, which both spreads the love of reading across the school: one of our prime aims; but also fosters friendships between younger and older students, to enhance the global sense of community across the whole school population.
Music is fundamental in our school, both through curricular sessions and after-school instrument classes. The music room is one of the busiest rooms in the school - used from Nursery to Year 9 - and also serves as the nerve centre for our amazing Primary choir.
We have a covered sports area which complements the use of the enclosed sports hall for Primary and Secondary students. Infants use the Infant hall for assemblies and group celebrations, and all groups use our spacious Small hall for drama activities from five to 14 years of age. These large spaces are also vital for public speaking skills which are actively encouraged across the school, and support our recent successes in the European Youth Parliament over the past four years.
Everyone enjoys a home-cooked lunch in our large dining room, with fresh meals cooked daily by our chefs. Younger children from three to five also enjoy a healthy mid afternoon snack, prepared by the chefs, to ensure that energy levels remain high.
Our day is structured to ensure that break times can be enjoyed, whatever the weather, and we support Infant and Primary children at breaktime with games, cooperative play and lots of physical activity. Secondary students enjoy the full scope of our expansive playing fields, as well as holding regular table tennis tournaments and sports competitions for the school’s House system.