mont21 school prospectus
Welcome to mont21 school
We live in a world that is rapidly changing through everincreasing and complex technologies, social injustice, political instability and climate change. We therefore have a responsibility to change in how children are educated so they are fully prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Our school achieves this through a unique educational programme which combines the long established Montessori pedagogy with the outstanding British National curriculum, the best progressive educational concepts from around the world and sustainable values.
It is through these four pillars that we provide the opportunity for every student to flourish, not only by achieving excellent qualifications but also to acquire those skills that they will need for their success and happiness in their future lives.
We hope this prospectus gives a sense of how different mont21 is to other schools and how we can give your child the very best education.
Ann-Marie, Michael & Melissa Garrett
Our Inspiring Campus
We enjoy an exceptional learning environment very different to any other school on the Costa del Sol.
The schoolhouse was commissioned in 2018 by a firm of award-winning British architects who were set the task of designing a sustainable building that would entwine the Montessori pedagogy with current progressive educational concepts. With inspiration taken from Finland, the outcome includes flexible learning areas and pods, social areas incorporating mini kitchenettes, libraries, science labs, STEAM workshops, art studios, a music room, student’s kitchen and eco hub.
It was also our wish for the building to have a seamless connection with the outdoors, enabling the students to enjoy and appreciate the natural environment. This has been achieved by the use of folding doors between the internal learning areas and the soft landscaped central courtyard and play areas. There is also a forest school, a wilderness area to encourage wildlife, a student’s garden, a plot for organic vegetable production and a poly-tunnel.
The natural landscaped grounds include a wooden activity play centre, a moveable-parts construction area, a yoga studio and amphitheatre for outdoor learning and events.
There is no doubt that the mont21 school environment makes for a truly unforgettable educational journey.
There is increasing awareness that the traditional way of educating children is no longer fit for purpose for the 21st century.
With ever increasing use of technology including the internet, Artificial Intelligence, 5G networks, robotics and visual reality, there needs to be less emphasis on memorising facts and a greater need to foster 21st century skills. This include critical thinking/problem solving, creativity, time-management as well as being adaptable and resilient, enabling them to become life long learners.
At mont21, we achieve these skills through the use of progressive educational concepts used in some of the best schools around the world.
These include PBL (Project Based Learning) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) where students follow a topic related interest through research, practical application and presentation. Students have daily access to computers, laptops, tablets, interactive smart-boards and wipeable walls to assist with research, to be creative and to provide additional support for their learning.
In later years, students benefit from blended learning to support their studies.
Although these educational concepts are relatively recent concepts, there is a direct correlation with Montessori pedagogy that was created over 100 years ago.
As a school community, we subscribe to two sets of core values on a daily basis. The Montessori values are those that relate to personal, emotional and social attributes whilst the 21st century skills are those that students need to acquire to ensure employability and success in the workplace of tomorrow.
These are reinforced through their modelling, discussion and daily dialogue between mentors, students and visitors.
•Respect •Empathy •Trust •Positive •Responsible •Peace
21st Century Skills
•Critical thinking/Problem solving •Collaborative •Creative •Resilience •Adaptable •Time Management
Primary (5 to 11 years)
We provide a real life approach to education where our mentors guide the students in their learning.
The classes are: Class 1 - age 5, Class 2 - age 6, Class 3/4 - ages 7 & 8 and Class 5/6 - ages 9 & 10. Ages are taken as of 01 September 2020.
The mixed age grouping in Class 3 to 6 enables the older students to help the youngest whilst they in turn, aspire to achieve that of their elders both educationally and socially.
The small class sizes of 15 students with one internationally qualified mentor and a specialist assistant, provides a truly personalised education that focuses on the ability and developmental pace of each and every student. There are no artificial barriers to progress, each child being free to extend a concept as far as they wish.
The students follow Key Stage One and Key Stage Two of the British National Curriculum which covers English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, PSHE and a Modern Foreign Language.
These are delivered through cross-circular topics by a combination of direct teaching, flexible sessions, personalised weekly work plans and progressive educational concepts.
The students enjoy a daily Spanish lesson of language and social sciences in accordance with the Spanish and British curriculums.
The Primary students enjoy their day very differently to what they would experience in an ordinary school
The day starts with a change into slippers and joining circle time to share news, a personal, emotional and social aspect, an item relating to the term’s topic or possible changes to the days’ schedule.
A short period of direct instruction in one of the teaching pods then follows or independent/collaborative learning either inside in one of the many different areas of the schoolhouse or outside in the central courtyard. During this time, the students are free to move around and to help themselves to a healthy snack or drink at one of the kitchenettes. Mid-morning is playtime where the students enjoy the many outside activities in the natural environment.
A healthy, organic buffet style lunch is served in the central hub of the school where the students are free to choose what to eat using china plates and to help themselves to mineral water from jugs on their table. They are responsible for clearing their plates into the Bokashi bins and cleaning their environment.
In the afternoons, the students continue with their learning, either an academic subject in the teaching pods, undertaking experiments in one of the science laboratories, being creative in the art room, working on a project in the STEAM workshop, completing a recipe in the student’s kitchen or playing an instrument in the music room.
There are also times when the students might be planting or harvesting at the food production plot or in the poly-tunnel, searching for mini-beasts, making a wooden seat in Forest school, playing a sport, meditating in the yoga studio or working in the Eco Hub.
After normal school hours, the students can partake in one of the many after school clubs; football, pottery, gardening or a water sport at the nearby beach.
At mont21, we give the students a level of trust, responsibility and sense of freedom that they would not normally enjoy in an ordinary school. It is from this that they acquire a love of learning and to grow in independence and confidence.
Lower Secondary (11 to 14 years)
At this important stage when students transition from childhood to adolescence, they are not only supported in learning but also importantly in their social, moral, personal and emotional development.
The classes are: Class 7/8 - ages 11 & 12 and Class 9 - ages 13 to 14 . Ages are taken as of 01 September 2020.
In Classes 7/8 & 9, students follow Key Stage Three of the British National Curriculum; English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Design and Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Education and PSHE.
At end of Class 9 they choose which subjects they wish to study to obtain the Cambridge IGCSE, the world’s most popular international school qualification.
In addition to the compulsory subjects of English Language, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Language, Spanish and Physical Education, they can also select from the following: • Computer Science
• Design and Technology
• Environmental Management
• Global Perspectives
• Art and Design
It is our belief that as educators, we have a social and moral responsibility to teach the consequences of man-made pollution, our responsibility to mitigate it’s effect on the environment and the importance of sustainability as custodians of the planet for future generations.
The students are immersed daily into ecological values by a building of sustainable timber construction and ecofriendly materials. It incorporates renewable energy sources including photovoltaic technology, wind generation and a ground heat pump. The design of the schoolhouse utilises maximum amounts of natural day-light and ventilation. Single use plastics are not permitted and the majority of teaching resources and household items are recyclable.
Sustainability forms one of the 4 pillars of our learning programme with all children learning awareness and how to care for our environment.
The students learn through practical life activities, how to plant, grow and cultivate food to prepare in the school kitchen for lunch or to sell onto parents through our market or coffee shop.
The Eco Hub, which is overseen by the student-led eco committee, enables them to partake in community waste management programmes, collecting recyclables and using them either in design ideas and products or to send them to the local recycling centre. There is also an opportunity for students to undertake eco initiatives with presentations to other schools and to the wider community.
Mont21school will is become a member of the Eco Schools organisation, the largest sustainable schools program in the world.
Our admission process is designed to make it as easy as possible for your child to join the school. Enrolment is possible anytime during the year, subject to availability.
Telephone or email your interest when we will arrange an appointment for you to tour the school at which time we will answer your initial questions and take you through the admission process.
Complete and submit the application form accompanied by copies of your passport/identification document, the last school report and payment of the registration fee (non-refundable).
On receipt of the above documents, we will arrange a taster day for your child if joining the primary or secondary schools. This is to see if your child likes the school and to undertake any informal assessments including English as an Additional Language, if considered necessary.
A parent meeting will be arranged to explain our approach and to obtain your expectations for your child to ensure a good match between you and the school.
A place is offered and acceptance email is received when we will request payment of the returnable deposit (subject to one term’s notice in writing) within 7 calendar days of the receipt of the invoice.