|Overall:||(1.8 from 5 reviews)|
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|Ages:||3 to 18||Primary Language:||English|
|Curriculum:||English, Spanish||Max Class Size:||Unknown|
The English Montessori School is a private co-educational British School in Spain, which caters to the educational needs of students of the Spanish and International communities in Madrid. The school is recognised by both the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture as a foreign British centre and by Great Britain as a British School in Spain. Children from the age of three to eighteen years of age are admitted to a complete and highly successful educational experience. Though the majority of students are Spanish, numerous nationalities are represented in the student population. Traditionally TEMS students rank among the best of the students throughout the Spanish and International schools in Madrid, on external exams taken by those students. Accordingly, all graduates of the senior school go on to higher education.
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Reviews from Google
Recent reviews posted on Google.
Angie Flaquer C, 2 years ago
Small private british education school using MOntessori method. Very familiar
Michael Doherty, a month ago
Read the other reviews yes... but this is the definitive one! TEMS touts itself as a utopian college of joyous wonder, shamefully using the name of Maria Montessori as bait for parents. Do not be fooled by the glossy varnish. Even here, in Google reviews, ex-students now comment on the disgrace. The facilities are decaying, neglected and inadequate despite the online images. I saw mould growing to a length of three metres in a stairwell… Toilets that were vandalised by students and often overflowed… ceilings that dropped crumbled pieces… outdated and dysfunctional machinery… a library so old that it was used more like a storeroom. A draconian, ineffective method of student discipline. The food is completely third world. The patio area, more like the crowded exercise yard of a prison, had access to only one (sometimes two, if it was repaired) water taps. The heating failed several times and electricity cuts regularly caused chaos. No air-conditioning, only 2 wall fans that were completely ineffective. Small classrooms crammed with the maximum number of desks possible. Cheap cupboards from the 1980s. Student lockers were inside the classroom causing constant chaos. I was the 9th teacher of history in seven years. Despite my Cambridge results being outstanding, my contract was conveniently ‘not renewed’ just before the summer. Among the 6 new staff who joined TEMS at the same time with me, all but one lasted more than two years. The first question the students asked me was, “Are you going to stay?” My replacement left after two years, a new record. Students created a false profile of a teacher (online) and posted derogatory and defamatory comments causing stress, confusion and embarrassment. This teacher left, but the college supported the enrolment of the two students. From a teacher’s perspective, it is not only an unhappy place to work physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. Staff are ridiculously overworked and poorly paid for their (more or less) amazing efforts although I hear the new owners (Cognita) have tried to address the pay issues. Sadly, 20 years too late! I cannot give you my opinion of the current directora, suffice to say anyone would have been better than the Jurassic and cold-hearted command of the entrenched previous woman who was steering a sinking ship, with no care for her crew except her circle of elite sycophants. The main problem now, is deeply embedded in the cancerous core of TEMS - the very cavalier, administration team… Middle management has a dubious record of intimidation and bullying. A well-loved and highly effective colleague actually left in disgust after she could no longer stand the treatment she (personally and publically) received at the hands of the Head of Secondary. A cruel, disinterested person hated by the students and most of the teachers. Another member was constantly harassed until she too left. Others were pushed to their limits by other insidious means, either quitting or being forced to quit. Draw your own conclusions. It is obvious that the Cognita company have bought a lemon. The children of the (previous) elderly owner, did not want to inherit the college. What does this tell you? But the Cognita company seem indifferent to the needs of both staff and students. If there are reviews from students that paint a brighter picture, good. I am glad they were not affected by the true carcinogenic nature of this college. Some students are telling their own story now. TEMS has always been, and continues to be, primarily a money-making operation for whomever owns it. I would not enrol a child there nor suggest anyone work there.
Ignacio Albert, 3 months ago
I was a student of TEMS for the whole 15-year period (i.e.: Reception 1 to Year 13). After graduating, I have seen the school's values plummet through the firing of employees and absurd and strict rules. Do not be fooled by the reputation they claim... this is inherited from the previous Headmistress Elaine Fitzpatrick. The new board is confusing discipline with authoritarianism. It hurts me to say it, but if you are looking for a liberal and critical education for your children this is not the place to go anymore.
Javier Alfonso Molina Bermejo, 2 months ago
Como ya han comentado otros alumnos, el nuevo equipo directivo del colegio ha destruido la filosofía y el bienhacer que había implementado la anterior directora, Elaine. Es decepcionante ver cómo el excelente colegio del que nos graduamos se va a pique por las decisiones tomadas por Cognita.
Javier Lopez Garcia, 2 months ago
ES: Fui alumno de este colegio desde 1999 hasta 2013. Hasta hace poco lo hubiese recomendado al 100%, incluso para mis propios hijos. Sin embargo, desde que ha cambiado el equipo directivo y han sustituido a la antigua directora Elaine Fitzpatrick, los valores y la calidad de la educación que aquí se realizaba han quedado completamente comprometidos. La empresa que lo ha comprado se llama Cognita. Si siguen despidiendo personal se quedarán sin los excelentes profesores que tenían y en base a los cuales se ha labrado la reputación del colegio. Irónicamente, el comportamiento de la nueva empresa que lo lleva (Cognita) no representa los valores de la educadora que da nombre al colegio (Maria Montessori), si no de otra personalidad italiana cuyo apellido también empieza por M... Si continúan los despidos y las reglas absurdas de disciplina, los de Cognita van a tener que dar las clases ellos mismos. ******************************************************* EN: I was a student in this school from 1999 to 2013. Until not so long ago, I would certainly have recommended the school, even for my own children. However, due to the recent management team change, the values and quality of education has been severely compromised. The former headmistress was Elaine Fitzpatrick, but a new corporation called Cognita bought the school. If they keep firing staff, they will lose the outstanding teachers they had, and from which the school's reputation is founded. Ironically, Cognita's behavior is not representative of the pedagogue that names the school (Maria Montessori), but rather of another italian personality who's last name also start with M... If Cognita keeps up with the layoffs and with the absurd rules of discipline, they are going to have to teach class themselves.