BIC Sant Agustí School
Baleares International College, Sant Agustí, is a dedicated Primary school located in the high-quality residential environment of Sant Agustí on the south coast of Mallorca. The school is in a very accessible location, just on the outskirts of the capital, Palma. The school has a capacity for 160 students from 2 to 11 years of age.
Baleares International College, Sant Agustí, is a dedicated Primary school with excellent facilities for Primary age children including large, brightly lit and well-equipped classrooms, as well as specialist facilities for the likes of such as music and art. There is plenty of space in and around the school for the children to learn and play safely and there are designated play areas for different age groups.
We enjoy our lunch in our spacious dining room with views out to sea. We use the local Sports Centre for swimming lessons, and always make good use of our local environment, including the nearby forest, sailing club and beach.
At BIC, Sant Agustí, we celebrate each student's achievements and progress within our school family. The school's family values are built on respect and consideration of one another in a productive, caring environment, supported by highly qualified and dedicated teachers. We aim to create a stimulating and caring environment which enables all students to reach their potential and by doing so, develop their skills and confidence in all areas of life.
Directions: If you are coming from Palma on the Autovia, take exit 6 Génova/Sant Agustí. Take the second exit at the roundabout and then the first right onto Carrer Andreu Ferret. Continue straight on over Carrer Mónaco onto Carrer Noruega. Follow the road round and onto Camí son Toells. Turn right to continue on Camí son Toells and keep going until you see BIC Sant Agustí.
08.45 to 15.45
15.45 - 17.00 daily
Student / teacher ratio
10:1 (at full capacity)
Early Years Foundation Stage
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Specialist language classrooms, outdoor classrooms, dedicated Art and Music rooms, large sports court, Early Years playground, soft play area, spacious dining room as well as access to many local environmental features nearby such as a forest, the beach and coast, the local sailing club and a sports centre with a heated indoor swimming pool.
Welcome from the Principal
Baleares International College, Sant Agustí is one of the oldest schools on the island, founded in 1957. We provide a British curriculum for children aged 2 to 11, within a truly international community. As our children have over 20 different nationalities, being part of Sant Agustí is a wonderful way to learn and understand about diversity and difference.
Our excellent reputation, both locally and internationally, is underpinned by ensuring that all our children receive the high quality education each individual child deserves. We have UK trained, skilled teachers who are passionate about their chosen career, as well as small class sizes which enable our children to achieve academically and flourish personally.
In Sant Agustí, we welcome each child into a warm, friendly atmosphere with a strong community feel. Our children feel safe, happy and nurtured. We treat each child as a unique individual and aim to instil in them a sense of curiosity and a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives.
To be successful and to learn, a child needs to be happy coming to school and when anyone comes to Sant Agustí, this is one of the first things which is commented on - the children are so happy here! As a small school family, everyone knows everyone else, ensuring that each child is cared for while they are learning to the best of their ability to fulfill their true potential.
We are a small school with a big heart!
I am confident you will find something special and unique when you visit our school, and I look forward to your visit and to welcoming you into the BIC Sant Agustí community.
Principal, Baleares International College, Sant Agustí
BIC, Sant Agustí, has a large number of excellent facilities including specialist language classrooms, outdoor classrooms, a large sports court and Early Years playground as well as access to many local environmental features nearby such as a forest, the beach and coast, the local sailing club and a sports centre with a heated indoor swimming pool.
In addition to the broad British curriculum, enhanced to meet our international needs, we also offer Spanish, Catalan (from Year 2), French and German (from Year 3) during school hours. The school's learning environment includes a dedicated art studio, a specialist music room, a soft play area, a spacious dining room, two language classrooms and we make the best use of our outdoor classroom and terraces. The classrooms are large, air-conditioned, well-lit and newly furnished. We use Chromebooks throughout the school for Computer Science.
Our Director of Sport ensures we have an excellent sports programme for students including sailing, beach volleyball and swimming, as well as some of the more usual sports like yoga, football, hockey and tennis skills. The local beach is just a few minutes away from the school and our children are lucky to have a view of the sea from the spacious dining room! We have an excellent extra curricular programme with activities such as robotics, coding, art, martial arts and sailing. Children are encouraged to learn a musical instrument after school and we offer a range of tuition in musical instruments and singing.
Janice Short has been involved in education for a number of years, starting her career in Wales as a primary school teacher for 15 years before moving into lecturing as a Primary Mathematics specialist at Glyndwr University, teaching on the teacher training degree as well as Early Childhood Studies and Education degree programmes. After moving abroad to teach in her first international school in Egypt, Janice then became a Head of Primary, founding the Primary school in an international school in Northern Malawi. Moving onto Gran Canaria as Head of Primary, she helped to lead the school to successful British Schools overseas accreditation by the UK’s Department of Education. She is a lead inspector for NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain).
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Jaimy Van Iersel
Miss Jaimy is the Nursery (Starfish) teacher and is passionate about Early Years children and teaching. She was born in Holland and moved to Austria at the age of sixteen to pursue her dream to live and work in the mountains. She lived there for 5 years, working as a ski and snowboard instructor in the winter, and enjoying a job as an outdoor instructor in the summertime. Later Jaimy moved to Mallorca and since then she has made this beautiful island her home and became a mummy of two wonderful little girls. Eight years ago, she arrived at BIC Sant Agustí in EYFS where she is at the centre of everything to do with Early Years!
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Miss Sara is the Nursery (Starfish) teacher on a Friday. She qualified as a teacher in 2005. Before qualifying as a teacher, she worked at the BBC but always knew that working with children was her passion. After teaching in both KS1 and KS2 in South London for 10 years, she, her husband, 3 children moved to Mallorca in 2015. She is now a super happy member of the BIC team and enjoy every second she spends in the Nursery.
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Miss Helen comes from England where she started her career in Marketing for a Law firm, before working for 3 years as cabin crew. She then moved to this wonderful island which she has now made her home, along with her 2 children. She joined the BIC family 6 years ago where she was part of the Early Years team at Sa Porassa. She is now a valued member of our team here at San Agustin where she works in the Starfish Class Nursery as the Teaching Assistant to Miss Jaimy.
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Miss Virginia is our Reception (Seahorses) teacher. She has been an Early Years teacher for more than 20 years, teaching in England and Spain. She has been working for the Orbital Education Group since 2010, based in BIC Sant Agustí Campus. She is a very friendly person and very caring towards others. She also loves to take part and help in all sorts of charity events.
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Miss Karen is originally from Northern Ireland and has been living in Mallorca for 7 years. This is her third year working at BIC in Early Years. Miss Karen is dedicated to providing a safe and happy environment for the development of the children throughout their schooling and understands that every child is unique. She is the Teaching Assistant in Reception (Seahorses).
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Primary Teacher - Year 1 and acting SENDCO
Special educational needs co-ordinator
Ms Thorpe is our Y1 (Seals) teacher. She has over 10 years teaching experience in the UK and Spain in both independent and state schools. She is from East Anglia in England and received her BA in Primary Education at Anglia Ruskin University. She has lived and worked in both Madrid and London and now enjoys the island of Mallorca with her husband and daughter.
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Primary Assistant - Year 2
Miss Cathy is originally from Wilmslow in Cheshire, where she lived before moving to Mallorca. She started her teaching in Mallorca 12 years ago teaching Secondary English at BIC in Sa Porrassa, having studied French at the University of Leicester. She then moved to Sant Agustí, teaching Year 5 and is now enjoying her new role in school as Teaching Assistant in Year 2 Turtles class.
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Primary Teacher - Year 4 and EAL Coordinator
EAL - English as an additional language
Miss Martinez is a Year 4 (Jellyfish) class teacher and joined BIC in the 2017-2018 academic year. Since being at BIC she has been working in LKS2 but has experience working in Early Years and KS1. She loves that we are a small community school with strong family values. Miss Martinez is our school EAL coordinator and is passionate about languages and language acquisition.
Miss Martinez is originally from Manchester and has been working in international schools across Spain for over 10 years. She strives to inspire children to be happy, independent leaners who aim high and develop a lifelong love of learning. Outside of school she enjoys outdoor activities and considers herself privileged to live by the sea.
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Primary Teacher - Year 5
Ms Eccleshall has recently moved to the island to start work at BIC as the Year 5 (Whales) class teacher. She is originally from England and has over twenty years’ experience working in schools in the UK and on the east coast of the USA. She uses this range of experiences to develop herself as a teaching professional and to ensure her classroom is a positive learning environment for all students. She believes in bringing education alive in the classroom and to support students to become confident and successful individuals.
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Primary Teacher - Year 6
Ms Abbott is the Year 6 (Sharks) teacher and is originally from Berkshire in the UK and has been living in Palma for two years. She has experience teaching KS1 and 2 and has previously undertaken roles of Literacy Coordinator and MFL coordinator. The latter is one of her biggest passions and she is thrilled to be teaching French to KS2 at BIC. Drama and the Arts are also great interests of Ms Abbott and she has performed in several amateur dramatic musicals in the UK. She loves the Mallorcan lifestyle and enjoys spending as much time as she can outside in the sun, visiting beaches and snorkelling.
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Primary Assistant - KS2
Mr Edwards is currently the Year 3 (Dolphins) primary assistant working alongside Miss Conway. He is from England and prior to teaching, worked as an Occupational therapist in various hospitals. Mr Edwards has worked at BIC Sant Agustí school for 3 years and enjoys supporting and helping the students thrive and develop.
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Teacher of Spanish and Catalan
Miss Maria is one of our Spanish and Catalan teachers at BIC Sant Agustí. She has been in the school for 6 years. She is from Mallorca, where she studied to become a Primary teacher specialising in teaching languages. She also studied abroad in countries such as Sweden or Canada, where she had the opportunity to know other cultures and improve her English. She loves the school and the children, always trying her best for the children to learn and enjoy.
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Teacher of Spanish and Catalan - CANVAS Lead
Miss Campos one of our Spanish teachers at BIC Sant Agustí and is from Mallorca. She grew up in the south of the island and attended Primary and Middle school there. She studied for a Primary Teacher PE specialist degree in Leon, a city in the mainland. When she finished, she came back to Mallorca to undertake a teacher training course, allowing her to teach Catalan. She lived in England for three winters to improve her English knowledge and volunteered at a primary school, in Gateshead, Newcastle. She joined BIC in 2016 as a one to one teacher and then became a Spanish teacher.
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Teacher of Music
Mrs Baggaley teaches music at Sant Agustí to children in Nursery up to Year 6 and feels that music is a wonderful way for children to learn many skills in a different way than academic subjects. She thinks that she is the teacher who has been at BIC the longest, with this year being her 35th year at school!
When she started teaching at BIC, there was no music at all, so from small beginnings at Sant Agustí, we now have busy, active, exciting music departments in both BIC schools.
She is very proud now to be teaching the children of former pupils and the friendly, family atmosphere at school is still very much as it was all those years ago. She loves teaching music and hopes that all her pupils, past, present and to come will develop this same love.
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At BIC Sant Agustí we are very fortunate to have many beautiful beaches within walking distance from the school. Part of our philosophy is for our children to spend as much time outdoors as possible and to enjoy the nature of the island. We use the local beaches in a variety of different ways.
We sometimes use the beach for our sports sessions. A combination of warm ups, yoga, boot camp style exercises and team games such as beach volleyball and capture the flag ensure that our students are challenged physically and learn new skills in a fresh and beautifully inspiring setting.
As a school, we work hard to educate our students about marine conservation and plastic pollution. As part of the curriculum, we collaborate with the Save the Med foundation to deliver their Dos Manos Schools Programme, supporting their vision of creative education and community action. We regularly participate in beach cleans around the island, working towards a common local cause. Subjects such as Geography and Art lend themselves to trips to the beach, where our students can explore and develop a range of skills from mapping the local area, discovering beach wildlife, to sketching boats at the sailing club. We encourage our staff and students to take advantage of our local beaches, for them to develop a sense of wonder and respect for nature.
Another environmental feature we make use of is our local forest, situated just a 5-minute walk away from school. All of our students from Nursery through to Year 6 are given the opportunity to explore nature and the environment using the forest, where it fits in with the curriculum. Using the forest offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment. We often find that this environment helps with a child-led approach to learning, which is fun and unhurried, building children’s confidence and self-esteem as they are responsible for making their own decisions and are carefully supported to achieve their goals. It also allows every child to have a voice, especially those who find it difficult to communicate in a more conventional learning environment.
Our facilities here at BIC Sant Agustí extend far beyond the school grounds. To enhance the opportunities we provide our students, we have excellent relationships with a number of facilities close by and use them on a regular basis. Only a 5-minute walk from school along the beach, Port Calanova, home to the Spanish National Sailing School, with decades of history, unbeatable location, a highly-qualified professional team and fully equipped sports facilities, provides an ideal setting for our students to test their skills and master the art of sailing, kayaking and other exciting water sports. This is both an element of our physical education curriculum and is available as an after-school club throughout the year. We also organise a summer camp at Port Calanova, available for all Orbital Education students around the world, giving them the perfect opportunity to think globally, make new friends, learn new skills, and enjoy the sport at the same time.
At Baleares International College, Sant Agustí, our professional, fully-trained teachers from the UK are selected for their experience and excellence. Each one is trained and skilled in teaching the English National Curriculum, from the Early Years Foundation Stage (for ages 2 to 5) through to the end of Key Stage 2 for children aged 11.
We also have specialist teachers offering the highest quality English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme. In addition, all of our teachers are trained to deliver a curriculum to both English first language and second language students in their classroom.
After completing their Primary education at BIC Sant Agustí, children naturally transfer to our sister school, Baleares International College, Sa Porrassa for their Secondary education. As part of the Orbital group, our two schools work closely together and have the added advantage of being part of a wider global educational family of schools. With links to these schools around the world, our students have the unique opportunity to learn globally and begin to think globally.
The information below gives an outline of the key stages of the British curriculum and shows which Key Stage your child would be in at Baleares International College.