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History of Kensington School

Kensington School, since its foundation in 1968, has been one of the pioneer schools in the introduction of British education in Spain.

Between 1968 and 1977, the school was situated in Calle Triana in Chamartín in the north of Madrid, but an ever-increasing demand for student places led the school to move in 1977 to a new site in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). The school initially occupied only the main building of the six which we currently use; some 500 students studied there initially. In 1979, the school built a new block dedicated to Early Years, along with the relevant play area.

By 1989, the number of students in the school had grown, and the school decided to build a new block specifically dedicated to Lower Primary teaching.

Later on, in 1993, the school began the construction of K3, a building for the Bachillerato courses, together with the Music Room, the main Gym, and the school’s Theatre and Concert Hall.

Kensington’s current facilities were completed in 1996 with the construction of a school Library which currently stores around 12,600 books in English, 6,800 books in Spanish, and some 600 in French, as well as a section dedicated to staff professional development. Also, in the same year the school extended and developed our dedicated Art Room.

At the turn of the millennium the school constructed a fifth building for Primary students, and, in 2008, a sixth building, for three new Primary classrooms, a third dedicated Computer Room, and other spaces vital to the school such as the dedicated Support Classroom and the Maintenance Workshop.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that as Kensington developed, the school has come to possess three dedicated Computer Rooms, with more than thirty workstations in each, three Science Laboratories with material for teaching Physics, Chemistry and Biology, two Gymnasiums with associated Changing Rooms, and three Sports Fields used for P.E. classes, extra-curricular clubs, sports tournaments and break times.

The school is a founder member, since 1978, of N.A.B.S.S. (National Association of British Schools in Spain) and also of ACADE (Asociación de Centros Autónomos de Enseñanza Privada), an authorised exam centre of the University of Cambridge, and a UNICEF Partner School.