The School System
There are 14 government run schools and one college of further education in Gibraltar. All teacher training takes place in UK universities and colleges, and teachers must have a registration number issued by the Department for Education (UK).
The Gibraltar government provides a number of nursery places for pre-school children.
Primary education is free, full-time and compulsory. Schools are all co-educational and English is the language of instruction. Spanish is introduced formally as a subject in Year 4. All curricula are based on the national curriculum for England, but with specific differences in respect of Spanish and other subjects (including Religious Education) reflecting local realities.
Secondary education is free, full-time and compulsory for children between the ages 12+ and 15+ years who are resident in Gibraltar.
The secondary curriculum is defined by national curriculum legislation. In the first two years (8 and 9), secondary schools offer a broad compulsory curriculum that includes English, Mathematics, Science, French or European studies, Spanish, History, Geography, Art, Music, Religious Education, Physical Education, Design and Technology and Information and Communications Technology. In years 10 and 11, pupils opt for subjects from a range of disciplines, keeping to national curriculum requirements. In addition, all pupils take the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science), Religious Education and Physical Education. Vocational education is also available.
There are 4 schools in Gibraltar that cater for a wide range of special needs for children between the ages of 5+ and 16+.
There are 2 independent schools in Gibraltar.