Vale Verde International School
65 students, aged 7 - 16
International curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE
Estrada de Burgau,
Srª. da Luz,
The Vale Verde International School has been a fully recognised
International school operating since 2002. The school provides parents
in the Western Algarve with the opportunity to give their child
an international secondary education, based on the British National
Since its opening the Vale Verde International School has achieved
a 100% pass rate for all students in all subjects undertaken in
the final IGCSE examinations each year. This remarkable feat has
been made possible by the school s well-qualified, dedicated and
experienced staff of whom we are justly proud.
In 2002, the Vale Verde International School opened in large modern
premises in Burgau, Luz (on the outskirts of Lagos, towards Sagres)
fully complying with all the newly-implemented EC regulations. As
a result, Vale Verde International School has some of the most modern
schooling facilities in the country and is almost daily broadening
the range of educational opportunity we can offer.
The school employs a fully qualified staff of specialists, recognised
by the Portuguese authorities, with a rich diversity of backgrounds,
experience and nationalities. Our aim is to ensure that our growing
number of pupils of diverse nationalities receive a high quality
educational experience in a healthy moral and physical environment
where they can grow into responsible citizens of Europe and the
The Vale Verde International School offers a wide and balanced curriculum
based upon the English National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 and
4 and leading to the internationally recognised qualifications administered
by Cambridge University International Exams of the International
General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International
Certificate of Education (ICE).
Pupils in Years 6 and 7 follow a common curriculum of English, Maths,
General Science, French, Portuguese, Geography, History, I.C.T.,
Art, Drama and Physical Education.
In Year 9 individual Sciences are introduced (presently Physics
and Biology though Chemistry will be undertaken from 2006) and Business
Studies is also added to the time table.
In Years 10 and 11 a limited but expanding option system is put
into operation allowing pupils to play to their strengths while
ensuring that they continue with priority subjects. Eventually all
students will study 12 subjects throughout these two years leading
to IGCSE s in 8 or 9 of these.
Increasingly throughout the school I.C.T. is assuming the role of
a means to learn and exercise other subjects as well as an independent
discipline in its own right.
Vale Verde International School encourages students to participate
in a wide spectrum of sporting activities both within and outside
the curriculum. While individual sporting excellence will always
be applauded and supported we are also concerned that all pupils
encounter the pleasure of physical exercise and understand its importance
to their lives, both now and in the future, encouraging them to
acquire healthy habits that will last them a long life time. We
do not just teach Sport we aim to inculcate SPORTSMANSHIP that value
which encapsulates so many valuable qualities. Striving for the
best but recognising others achievements, playing on a level pitch,
by the rules and without unfair advantage, contributing as part
of a team for an overall effect.
The school has recently invested in a new all weather sports area
which will permit soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, handball
and badminton to be practised on the site. The school also has a
small open air swimming pool.
Vale Verde International School participates in many sporting competitions
together with schools in the Algarve, Lisbon, Oporto and beyond
challenging our students to meet the standards of larger institutions.
The Co-curricula and Extra Curricula programme for the current year
will be posted here in the near future.
SCHOOL YEAR AND SCHOOL DAY
Can any day in a vibrant educational community be described as routine
? However, learning is best undertaken within an orderly framework.
This is ours.
The school day starts at 9:00 each morning and finishes, officially,
at 15:45 though after school, co curricular and extra curricula
activities often mean that the school is still a hive of activity
well after this time.
The curriculum is delivered within a timetable structure of 35 fifty
minute periods per week. This, combined with our small class policy,
gives ample time and opportunity for real understanding of the course
material to occur, not just superficial knowledge.
There are two breaks during the teaching day, one rather longer
than the other allowing pupils to eat lunch (picnic) in the school
canteen or in the shaded area outside.
Homework is timetabled and set in all subjects and is estimated
to occupy between 50 minutes (7th Yr) and an hour and a half (10th
and 11th Yr.).
A number of recreational facilities are available to students during
breaks both in clement and inclement weather ranging from chess
and board games to table tennis and the school s all weather football,
basket ball and volleyball area.
It is the mission of the Vale Verde International School to provide
the community with a balanced, quality education of an international
character predominantly through the medium of English based upon
sound values and high expectations in all fields.