I think moving to a different country, to children to a different school… Those are big decisions to make. Clearly there was an amount of nervousness about how the children would settle in, would they enjoy it? But, when we arrived, those concerns disappeared, from the very first day the children settled very quickly and were very happy to be here. They made friends very quickly, which helped and any issues that were raised in the first few weeks were quickly resolved. It was an easy process to settle in. Communication with the school and the teachers was fantastic. Right from the very first moment of making contact, coming for a first visit, getting to know the School, learning about the curriculum… all was very clear, if there were any doubts, the communication was very quick and effective and it carried on in that way after joining the school. It’s been a very positive experience.
– Dr. Anwen Elias, Wales, UK. USC’s Department of Political Science and mother of Gwen, 8 and Osian, 3. January 2020.
My name is Artem Baglikov, I’m from Russia and I was an international student here at Chester College for 2 years. My overall experience was very good. the teachers are very lovely here, the staff is great, the Director… there is just a very lovely atmosphere here. Specially the food is very good. I spoke almost no Spanish when I arrived – it soared over 2 years. I’ve just finished my final exams, I don’t know my marks hyet but I overall trust everything went great, so thank you very much to this place they helped me to prepare, and now I’m off to a new phase, a new life, and university. Yes: thanks a lot to Chester College.
– Artem Baglikov, Russia. Class of 2020. Psychology undergraduate at the University of Valencia.
Undoubtedly my favourite aspect of studying at Chester College was the chance to study two different education systems simultaneously. This is something that makes the school unique, since it enables students to keep their options open to a wide range of opportunities for university. Moreover, although this may seem as a great amount of work, the teachers make sure that each student has a personalized timetable and choice of courses that best suits their future aspirations. Studying at Chester has definitely helped me get to where I am now. In fact, studying two different high school systems enabled me to apply to universities in both the UK and Spain. Moreover, throughout the application process, the teachers were extremely helpful and advised me constantly. Academically, the skills I learnt at Chester are helping me constantly at university. I often look back to my notes from Math and Physics and remember the important time management and study skills we learnt at school.
– Alejandra Amaro Patiño, Vigo, Spain. Class of 2018. Computer Science and Mathematics student at the University of Edinburgh (UK).
A welcoming and family-like school, with very personalised attention for each and every student and small classes where sometimes students from different grades mix, thus promoting empathy amongst the eldest and maturity amongst the young. Very qualified staff and high level of English. Lunch is served daily in the beautiful dining area, just as one would at home. Food is home-made and deliciously cooked by chef Pilar. Families are lovely and friendly and there is a very tight-knit community. We definitely recommend it!
– Cristina Marx, mother of Adam (Class of 2018) and Stefan Marx. April 2021.
Mi hijo se incorporó al Colegio con 12 años, y en él fue creciendo académica y personalmente hasta que terminó el Bachillerato, hace ahora dos años. Está ahora estudiando 2º de ingeniería, académicamente le va muy bien y sobre todo se siente seguro y feliz y lleno de sueños y objetivos. Recomiendo el colegio a todos los padres y madres que quieran tener una educación un poco más personal, un poco como estudian “los hijos de los nóbeles”, en un colegio pequeño donde, tú alcanzas un nivel, y si quieres seguir con un nivel superior porque puedes, lo puedes lograr porque tienes un profesorado que te va a impulsar para ello. Es decir, que no te detienes. Te detienes donde tú quieres detenerte. El profesorado te impulsa, te ayuda muchísimo, también en el tema de valores que me parece fundamental para vivir hoy. Desde el primer pilar del Colegio, la persona que te coge el teléfono, hasta la persona que daba de comer a mi hijo, todo ha sido un bien para él, un impulso que lo ha hecho mucho mejor persona. Yo a todas las personas que puedo y que me preguntan: ¿dónde estudió tu hijo?; lo digo con orgullo y esperemos que todo avance, todo siga igual, y que tengamos la suerte de que siga habiendo colegios como éste.
– Mª del Pilar Díaz, mother of Keko L. Díaz (class of 2019). Keko is currently an Engineering student at Alfonso X El Sabio University in Madrid.
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 and Alexandra, parents of Carla Daniela Tamayo (Class of 2015). Quito, Ecuador. October 2015. Carla is currently a Law Graduate (Deans List) from the San Francisco University in Quito, and is currently working and specialising in International Relations.
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, mother of Esat Tunagur (class of 2015), student of Economics and Philosophy at SOKA University (USA). Istambul, Turkey. November 2015.