Address: CalThames British School Madridle Barbero de Sevilla, 16, 28222 Majadahonda, Madrid
Telephone: +34 915 790 147
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Ages: 1 to 18
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Lower Secondary, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels


Thames British School (TBS) is a private school that offers British education to students of all nationalities. The school aims to create an inclusive culture of learning that challenges children to expand their thinking, achieve to the best of their abilities and strive to become lifelong learners.

What the school says

"In our atmosphere of trust and safety, we encourage students to reflect and act with respect and confidence. We work toward building the whole person through a combination of academics and life skills: responsibility, integrity, compassion, resilience, collaboration."


Thames British School is proud to offer a broad and stimulating curriculum to all students: from the Pre-Nursery, all the way through to the Cambridge International AS/A Levels, courses and careers programme in Years 12 and 13 (and also International Baccalaureate from 2023/24).

The curriculum is structured as follows:

  • Pre-Nursery: 1 to 3 years old
  • Early Years Foundation Stage: 3 to 5 years old
  • Cambridge Primary: 6 to 10 years old
  • Cambridge Lower Secondary: 11 to 14 years old
  • Cambridge IGCSE: 15 to 17 years
  • A-Levels: 18 years old


Fees for the 2023/2024 academic year range from EUR 4,725 for Pre-Nursery Half Day to EUR 11,550 for Years 12 and 13. There is also a one-time registration fee of EUR 1,250 and a refundable deposit of EUR 1,250. Fees can be paid annually (5 percent discount), quarterly or monthly.

From the headteacher

"Each child is important to us, so we have an inclusive approach that supports all of our students. We believe that learning goes hand in hand with happiness and motivation. As a result, you will discover that our school is a vibrant and busy place where you are never quite sure what lies around the next corner. It may be that the classroom has been transformed into a moonscape complete with shuttle and moon buggy, perhaps the children are enjoying making a meal from home-grown vegetables, or you may stumble across children at Base Camp on Mount Everest." 

Karen Brunt, Head Teacher

What the parents say

"We live in a society which is constantly evolving and revising approaches, and obviously the same happens with education. Fortunately, there are issues that we can be sure about on a long-term basis: the great advantages of a full command of English and the contrasted success of the British teaching methodology."

Year 5 Dad

"I feel happy in general, my child is happy and that is the most important issue. We are very pleased with the teaching staff and my child is learning quite a lot."

Year 1 Mum


Further reading

►For more, see International Schools in Madrid

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