The lowdown on schools in Gran Canaria
Lowdown on Schools - a comprehensive unbiased guide to all the English
speaking schools in Gran Canaria. Canterbury School, Oakley College, the
British School of Gran Canaria, Kent College, The American School of
Gran Canaria, Colegio Arenas, Colegio Hispano Ingles and many others.
If you are looking for a job in a school there are three types of school to apply to
Have a look at our guides to each school before yo udecide where to apply. If you have any personal experience please add a comment at the end of the page.
These schools teach using the UK national Curriculum and generally have mostly English staff. Most schools require a PGCE but it has been known for unqualified teachers to work there. To supply teach a PGCE is generally is not required as they are so desperate to get a teacher.
Canterbury is the biggest English school in Gran Canaria with an Infant department in Las Palmas, a primary and secondary in Tamaraceite and a school in the South in Maspalomas. It also has a good reputation as a school and employer. The director is Beryl Pritchard and the website is www.canterbury-school.com . telephone 928 43 98 10
The British School of Gran Canaria
Located in Tafira Baja the British School is the oldest British School in Gran Canaria. It’s staff are older than in Oakley and Canterbury and less jobs become available on a yearly basis. However it is a good employer and offers a good education. www.bs-gc.net. Telephone: 928351167
Located in the University, it is mainly a primary school with only KS3 in secondary. It is a small school which has a large primary department and a very small secondary.
Web http://kentcollege.net/ telephone 928350093
The American school, logically, follows the American education system. It mainly employees American teachers, but other nationalities have often worked there especially as supply and Saturday school teachers. Web www.aslp.org tel: 928430023
This is an Infant, Primary and Secondary
School in Tafira Alta. The director’s name is Donat Morgan and the
website is www.oakleycollege.com. They
recruit from January to March for jobs starting the following September.
There are a couple of these and none are particularly good. There have been various horror stories from Colegio Arenas and Hispano Ingles but some teachers stay there for many years so they can’t be that bad. They do however have quite a high staff turnover so jobs can be easy to find.
Colegio Arenas – Siete Palmas, Arucas, Playa de Inglés
In 2002, they went through 8 English teachers, in 2006 the English teacher left after 2 weeks and not many people have a good word to say about working there. Kids are OK but you’re pretty much left on your own once you arrive. Primary is better than secondary but Secondary is where the jobs tend to turn up. Before accepting a job here, speak to some of the current employees.
Hispano Inglés – Las Palmas, Tafira
Heidelberg – Bilingual German / Spanish School
Good reputation but not many job opportunities
Garoe / Guaydil (Tafira Alta)
Sagrado Corazón – Tafira Baja
Religious School with quite a good reputation
Salesianos (Las Palmas)
Claret (Las Palmas)
Good school but big classes
Juan Ramón Jiménez (Tafira Alta)
Primary school in Marzagan.
Telephone: 928 715 847
Jaime Balmes (Tafira Alta)
Tlf: 928 351 000
If you have any personal experience of any of these schools please leave comments below.