Sa Porrassa Campus
Baleares International College, Sa Porrassa, is accommodated in a large, custom-built school situated in the beautiful, rural environment of Calvià. The school is in a very accessible location on the southwest coast of Mallorca and has a capacity for over 600 students from 3 to 18 years of age.Book My Visit
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Baleares International College, Sa Porrassa, has a large number of excellent facilities including: an indoor sports centre, playing fields with sports pitches, a swimming pool, all-weather basketball, football and volleyball courts, ICT suite and science laboratories. The classrooms are all air-conditioned for the summer and heated for the winter.
All our teaching staff are trained and experienced in the UK, and bring with them the latest educational methodologies and approaches.
The school follows the English National Curriculum, and a special feature of the school's curriculum is the teaching of the Spanish and Catalan languages (from Reception) and the German and French languages (from Year 3). Native language programmes are also available in Spanish, Catalan and German.
Directions: If you are coming from Palma on the Autovia, take the Magaluf, El Toro exit, number 14, and follow Ctra. Cala Figuera for 2km. We are opposite Western Water Park. Follow the signs to the School Car Park which is a short walk to the campus grounds.
Primary school, 09.00 to 15.50
Secondary school, 08.50 to 16.05
Student / teacher ratio
Key Stages 1 to 5,
IGCSE & A Level
Indoor sports centre, playing fields with football pitches, swimming pool, all-weather basketball court, football and volleyball courts, specialist Art, Drama and Music facilities, specialist Science and Information Technology laboratories, spacious dining room plus access to local sailing club
Welcome from the Principal
It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as principal of BIC.
As principal, my aim is to build on the school’s strong foundations and make it the number one school of choice on the island. For the children in our care, my aim is that they enjoy school and love coming here, just as I loved my own school days. However, I am firmly of the opinion that children loving school is about more than just enjoyment. It is also about them having inspiring teachers, who they look up to and admire, and who they will remember long after they leave. It is about them feeling safe, secure and confident, and acquiring values of independence, integrity and resilience. In particular, for the very many of our pupils who are bright and able, it is about them being stretched and challenged, excited about their learning, hungry to know and discover more, and always being pushed to the max. It is about no child ever being able to say in school, “I’m bored”.
Founded in 1957, the school aims to provide a British curriculum education to children of all nationalities taking advantage of the delightful Mediterranean climate and the beauty of this Balearic isle. We pride ourselves in the fact that our children benefit from a genuinely rounded education where each individual is encouraged to fulfil their own potential, not only academically but also to take advantage of the plentiful opportunities presented to them in areas such as music, sport, drama and art. Likewise, the truly international student body at the school ensures that pupils benefit from a wealth of experiences often transcending the classroom. Through contact with a variety of languages, cultures and beliefs our students leave Baleares International College ready to shape the global challenges the 21st century presents.
Students will sit public examinations at IGCSE and A'level with most obtaining the necessary grades to go to the university of their choice. In many instances, students will return to their country of origin safe in the knowledge that the A'level grade obtained will grant them access to the courses they choose – the qualification is still considered the ‘gold standard’ as far as university admittance is concerned. All subjects are taught in English and students have the option to pursue qualifications in a variety of languages including French, German and naturally Spanish.
The school ethos is found within our three key words, Believe Inspire Challenge. We must ensure students BELIEVE in themselves, their ability and their potential. Likewise, we too must BELIEVE in them and encourage them to BELIEVE in us. It is our job to INSPIRE our students; INSPIRE them to have dreams, goals and ambitions and provide them with the means to realise them. Students must CHALLENGE expectations and we must CHALLENGE them in the work we set and the standards we expect them to adhere to. We are also fortunate to have both our Primary and Secondary departments on one site, ensuring ease of transition and nurturing key values from an early age that will accompany them into adulthood, from nursery to university.
I hope you find this website informative and helpful. However, it cannot completely convey the all-important feel and warmth of the school; you will have to come and visit us and see that for yourself.
I will take great pleasure in welcoming you in person to the school.
Principal, Baleares International College, Sa Porrassa
BIC, Sa Porrassa, has a large number of excellent facilities including: an indoor sports centre, playing fields with football pitches, a swimming pool, an all-weather basketball court, football and volleyball courts plus access to a local sailing club. The College’s learning environment includes specialist Art, Drama and Music facilities. There are also specialist Science and Information Technology laboratories and a spacious dining room. The classrooms are large, air-conditioned, well-lit and newly furnished.
Ms Colwell joins BIC from the The Ebbsfleet Academy in the UK, where she has served as principal since 2013, and made a significant impact on the quality of learning and teaching in the school. OFSTED has singled out her leadership as one of the main contributory factors to the school's rapid improvement and ongoing success. She has a wealth of senior leadership in other UK schools, and takes great pride in the accomplishments of all the teams she has been a part of. She has been regularly asked to advise government ministers at the Department for Education on school improvement and raising standards. Ms Colwell holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Sheffield, as well as the prestigious National Professional Qualification for Headship.
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Head of Primary
Ms Compton joins us from, Yew Chung International School in Shanghai. She graduated from the Leeds Metropolitan University, England with a BA (Hons) in Education and went on to complete the Post-Graduate teaching qualification (PGCE) at the University of Bedfordshire. Specialising in Modern Foreign Languages she is also bilingual in Spanish and English. In addition to her extensive international background in Asia and UK training, Ms Compton also has 5 years of experience teaching in Valencia, Spain. She looks forward to working with students, parents and teachers to develop teaching and learning across the primary school.
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Head of Sixth Form
Tony Gray has been in teaching for 25 years, having taught and worked at a senior level at Cherwell School in Oxford and previously at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in West London. Both of these schools were judged as Outstanding by Ofsted whilst he was there. He has applied this experience to his role as Head of Sixth Form at BIC, bringing in significant changes to improve the Sixth Form experience of our students. Tony Gray is also a senior examiner and has contributed to textbooks and revision guides used by business and economics teachers.
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Deputy Head of Secondary and Director of Sports
Mr. Fitzpatrick, former Assistant Headteacher at The Tong Academy, Leeds, will develop competitive sports teams within the school, rollout the House system in Secondary and work to deliver an extensive and varied extra-curricular programme. With a career that began in 2005, he has held several leadership posts, including that of Learning Director for P.E. at The Bemrose School, Derbyshire and Faculty Leader at The Temple Moor High School, Leeds.
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Mrs. Alonso-McGregor began her teaching career in 2001 and worked at several schools in London, Berkshire and Wiltshire. She went on to spend seven years at The Weald Church of England School Dorking, Surrey combining the duties of a Key Stage 2 teacher with those of Maths Subject Leader across the school.
T&L Lead and Head of Science
Mr. Cadman has been the Head of Science at BIC since 2017. He has a degree in Biochemistry and a masters in Microbiology and Biotechnology. Mr Cadman previously worked in an Outstanding school in the Midlands. He brings a wealth a knowledge and experience of teaching all three sciences across all ages with a proven track record of success.
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Teacher of Science
Miss Turley has a first-class honours degree in Biomedical Sciences from Newcastle University. After travelling the world, she started her teaching career in Leeds and takes credit as Head of Biology for a school that was subsequently judged ´Outstanding´ by Ofsted. Since joining BIC in 2016, she has overseen the changes to the new A Level Biology course.
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Teacher of Computing
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Head of Humanities
A former Assistant Headteacher, Mrs. Coutts will lead the newly created Humanities department comprising of History, Geography and Business Studies. Her experience has seen her hold positions at the Ashcroft Academy in Putney, London (an Ofsted Outstanding High Achieving school) and The Overton Grange School in Sutton, as Director of Humanities and Key Stage 4 Raising Achievement Coordinator.
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Teacher of Geography
Miss Pooler has taught at BIC since January 2018. She is an experienced teacher and has had many roles within secondary schools, including leading literacy across the curriculum and being involved in accreditation for the British Council’s International Schools Award. In her last school she was the Head of Humanities.
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Teacher of PE
Miss Zborzynska will work alongside The Director of Sports as a Part time teacher of P.E. A graduate of the Academy of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland, and a professional volleyball player, Izabela has experience in teaching a variety of disciplines to all ages. Miss Zborzynska, a maternal Polish speaker is a keen linguist and able to communicate in English, German, Russian and Spanish.
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Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Silvia Reyero is a highly experienced teacher who has been teaching at BIC since September 2011 and is also an experienced examiner. One of her A Level students from The Grange School, Cheshire, was entered for a National Essay competition organised by Canning House and won first prize.
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Secondary Pastoral Lead
Madame Etienne has been teaching French at BIC since 2003 and previously she taught at the Alliance Française. She has a great deal of experience in the English curriculum and has been a “DELF” examiner for a year. She enriches her lessons with aspects of French culture and current events.
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Teacher of German
Frau Ditthard has taught at BIC since 2006, having previously taught in Germany and Barcelona, and is an experienced examiner. She studied German and History at the University of Cologne. In 2017, Frau Ditthard achieved the highest results in Spain in First Language German and she has had a 100% A grade pass rate for the last 12 years.
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Teacher of German
Miss Houdek is another exciting addition to our successful Modern Foreign Languages department and will deliver the German curriculum to our students. A graduate from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Miss Houdek joins BIC having already been in Mallorca for a year. Nathalie holds an MA and the German equivalent of the British PGCE. In addition to her academic qualifications, she is a state-licensed swimming coach in Germany and a professional ski instructor, with experience in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
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Teacher of Spanish
Ms. Luengo’s teaching career began in 2008 leading her to become Course Leader for Spanish at The Middlesbrough College before moving on to the prestigious Harris Academy Schools in London. A University of Malaga graduate with a PGCE from Leeds University, Miss Luengo is an examiner for the Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel boards, a member of the Association of Hispanists in the UK and a member of the Film In Language Teaching Association.
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Head of EAL, Teacher of History and Politics
Mr. Cunningham has years of international experience and shares his world knowledge and passion for studying Politics and International Relations with his students. With an MA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen, Mr Cunningham has previously worked for Members of Parliament, US Congressman and UK political parties before coming to Mallorca. He has taught at BIC since January 2016.
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Head of Mathematics and ICT
Mr. Sparks joins the school having served as Second in Department at the Ilfracombe Academy, North Devon. Mr. Sparks initial career path led him in to structural engineering and then on to journalism writing for specialised publications. He joined the teaching profession in 2004. Through Alan’s leadership we look forward to seeing the department continue to grow and motivate all students to achieve their very best in this core subject.
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Our Sixth Form (age 16 to 18 years)
Baleares International College Sixth Form is the leading British Sixth Form on the island, committed to helping all our students achieve success. We provide a friendly, tolerant and stimulating Sixth Form community in which students achieve the highest standards in their Advanced Level (A Level) or career-based applied learning subjects as a vital step to their university life or career.
A Levels are recognised as the best pre-university course leading to first degree university entrance worldwide. Career-based courses have earned a worldwide reputation as applied learning qualification because it provides learners with a clear route into university or straight into their career. Students must be fluent in written and spoken English to meet the demands of their A Level or Career-based courses, apart from the language courses, which are taught in the language studied.
BIC offers a wide choice of subjects and an enriching curriculum. In the Sixth Form, we would expect most students to follow a programme that includes:
- Three or four full A Level or Career-based courses
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- Social Wellbeing Programme
BIC offers its Sixth Form students:
- A dedicated Sixth Form social area and study centre with a college feel
- Additional staff time and one-to-one support to mentor individual students
- Small, seminar-style classes with a focus on individualised feedback
- Help with applications to universities in the UK, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, US and others
- Experienced, qualified UK teachers, many of whom are also senior examiners in the UK
- A wide range of extra-curricular events and clubs including trips abroad, discounted gym membership, Young Enterprise and the Duke of Edinburgh Award
For more information about our Sixth Form and the options available, please view our Sixth Form Prospectus.
2020 A Level Scholarship Programme
Baleares International College and Orbital Education are delighted to introduce their A Level Scholarship Programme for the 2019 academic year. This exciting opportunity aims to support exceptionally able and motivated students who are academically gifted, dedicated to their studies and will seek to take full advantage of opportunities to extend their learning beyond the core syllabus.
We are pleased to announce that 50% of the tuition costs for the 2-year programme will be funded by Orbital Education, the group of which Baleares International College is a member.
For more information about the application process, terms conditions, please seeHERE.
For a Scholarship Application Form, please see HERE.
More information about our 2019 Examination Results can be found HERE.
Exciting new opportunities for Post-16 learning
Baleares International College is proud to be offering Career-based courses for post-16 students across Mallorca.
Career-based courses are high quality, hands-on qualifications grounded in the real world of work. For Career-based students, it’s all about learning by doing and putting what they learn into practice straight away. With their focus on skills-based learning, Career-based courses are designed around themed units. Rather than testing everything together at the end, Career-based are assessed throughout the course using assignments set in real-life scenarios, where students develop and apply the practical knowledge and skills employers and higher education institutions are looking for.
Most A Level courses leave the door open for students to follow many different career paths. For some students we are aware that they already have a clear career path in mind and are better suited to doing coursework rather than a 100% exam-based course. BIC has carefully selected new international A Level courses which are heavily career-based, applied qualifications, providing learners with a clear route into university or straight into their chosen careers. Today’s employers are looking for confident, work ready employees who have the practical knowledge and technical skills that are acquired through career-based A Levels.
BIC’s current Career-based courses include:
- Art and Design
- Drama and Theatre
- Information Technology (IT)
- Mathematics in Context
- Travel and Tourism
For more information about our Sixth Form and the options available, please view our Sixth Form Prospectus.
We are delighted to share with you the results of the December 2019 BIC Sa Porrassa Parents Survey
First and foremost, we would like to thank all parents who took the time to complete the Parent Survey. We really appreciate all the feedback, both in the areas of real strength and those where we need to keep improving.
This year, we had our highest amount of surveys completed, up nearly 30% from last year's excellent record, giving us a very well-rounded view of where you feel we are as a school on our journey to being a high-quality international educational establishment.
As a community, we embrace continuous improvement and want the best possible learning environment in school for our students, staff and parents.
Please find a copy of the 2019 Parent Survey Analysis here, shared with parents during our Information Session in January. During this session, our Principal, Ms Colwell, talked through the main areas of the findings and discussed these with parents.
The four areas that you believe Baleares International College excels in:
1 - Teaching staff
2 - Personalised approach
3 - Quality of education
4 - Leadership
83% of parents would recommend our school to others in the future.
The three areas you believe Baleares International College, Sa Porrassa need to improve in:
1 - Facilities
2 - Afterschool activities
3 - Quality of education
We are proud of how far we have come already and with your continued support, encouragement and confidence, we look forward to continuing to enhance the education provided by Baleares International College.