Values education, bilingualism, curricular adaptation to the needs of every child… Words that sound wonderful: so easily written yet so hard to put in practice.

As a mother who is passionate for her children, as a psychologist and as a coach, and as a lover of formal and informal education, I try to apply all of these concepts in my day-to-day life, yet find myself constantly making mistakes. I would like to think that it is not a personal problem but rather a sign of the task´s inherent challenges.

Task which I considered impossible until I had the amazing luck of bumping into Chester College´s educational project. A project in which the unconditional and tremendously respectful involvement of the school´s Head and founder in the education and development of each student impregnates everything that is done in those beautiful and magical school grounds. A project in which the lives of each of the pupils lie at the very center, and where there is constant prejudice-free questioning of the “whys”, in order to find solutions in permanent collaboration with parents.

I am one of those who thinks that words are carried of by the wind and a project written in print by educational gurus is meaningless if the people behind it do not live it or feel it in their own skin. My children were only in Chester College for an academic year, due to our recent move to Munich, but the impact this educational project has had in myself and specially my 2 children (Marko, 4 years, and Uxia, 5 years of age) will last a life time. This is the reason why I want to thank you for everything you have done for these 2 little people who melt my heart and who wake me up every morning with a smile. I heartily and daringly invite whoever is reading these lines to make a point to visit and get to know the school and its staff. And for those of you who have already decided to travel in Chester College´s boat, I wish you the best of journeys!

– Alexia López del Río. Santiago de Compostela (Spain). December 2016.

Como padres de Carla Daniela, la experiencia de haber entregado a nuestra hija para su formación académica durante tres años, nos ha resultado uno de los más gratos recuerdos que tenemos como familia. Es complicado determinar el soporte, no sólo académico sino también personal que “la familia Chester College” y en especial sus profesores supieron brindar a Carla. Vivir en otro país y adaptarse a un nuevo medio, más aun, teniendo en cuenta que nuestra permanencia en Santiago de Compostela era temporal no nos resultaba una tarea fácil. La integración a un entorno diferente al nuestro nos permitió valorar de sobre manera el apoyo, la guía y la alegría con la que nos recibieron y acogieron en el Colegio.

Los años pasaron, las dificultades fueron apareciendo, pero ninguna más fuerte o más grande que la alegría de compartir y estudiar junto a maravillosos chicos de otros países y regiones de España, así como de aprender de los mejores y más experimentados docentes. Esa integración, complementada con las giras nacionales e internacionales, ha permitido que nuestra hija adquiera un plus adicional a las capacidades obtenidas por sus estudios.

No cabe duda que el ambiente físico, rodeado de un maravilloso paraje natural en el que se encuentra el Colegio, ayudó a que se desarrollen y potencien, aún más, las virtudes personales de nuestra hija que junto con el soporte académico, son hoy en día las principales fortalezas en su recién iniciada carrera universitaria.

Les quedamos muy agradecidos por todos esos detalles y anécdotas que de seguro son de los mejores recuerdos de nuestro paso por Galicia.

– César Augusto, Alexandra y Carla Daniela Tamayo. Quito (Ecuador). October 2015.

Our son studied  three years in Chester College (Grades 10-12) and we couldn’t imagine a better place for him for such stressful (for him and us) teenage years!!! We are so thankful to all the staff members of Chester College for their great cooperation, deep understanding, strong support, high professionalism and responsibility, must have discipline and school organisation and management!!! 

They helped him a lot in preparation for college entrance.He found there everything he needed for it, so it ended up with full scholarship in a prestigious US University. No need to explain how happy we are!!!

Great respect and gratitude to everyone in Chester College for their hard and well done job !!! Special thanks to our son´s tutor Ms Veiga!

– Liubov Tunagur. Estambul (Turkey). November 2015.