King’s College is the only British School in Madrid currently inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate of England, a statutory body approved by the British Government for the inspection of independent schools. Standards are rigorous and inspection reports are regularly published. King’s College is also an accredited and founding member of COBIS (The Council of British International Schools), which is a constituent member of the Independent Schools Council of England. As a member of COBIS, King's College is now subject to full UK inspections carried out by Inspectorates such as the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and regulated by OFSTED (the Office for Standards in Education) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
By virtue of its full British Inspection and Accreditation, the Spanish Ministry of Education has authorised King’s College as a British School in Spain.
The school is an official examination centre for the University of Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I.G.C.S.E.) examinations, and for the Edexcel/AQA/Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (G.C.E. “A” Level) examinations. It is also the Madrid examination centre for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music.
King’s College is also a member of:
HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference)
NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain)
BSA (Boarding Schools Association)
CICAE (Asociación de Colegios Privados e Independientes - Circulo de Calidad Educativa)
As King’s College is legally registered in Spain as a “Centre for Foreign Studies” (B.O.E. 245/95), validation in the Spanish educational system is automatic with the equivalent academic years up to and including the last year in the Junior Department. Upon entering the Senior Department, validation of studies may be obtained by studying – as part of the normal timetable – Spanish language and Humanities following the programme required by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Thus any student may switch from following the English National Curriculum at King’s College to Spanish Bachillerato without missing a year.
King’s College is also fully authorised to teach and examine the two-year Spanish Bachillerato, available for students who follow these studies between the ages of sixteen and eighteen. Spanish complementary studies, which are also inspected and fully authorised by the Spanish Ministry of Education, are available to pupils from ages 5 to 16.