Registering for a state school in Spain
When you arrive in Spain you may be looking to register your children into a Spanish state school. This can be a complex process but once you accept the Spanish way of doing things, you should be fine.
- The first place to go is the Culture House (Casa Cultura) or Education Department of the Town Hall where you collect a form in order to register the children. Take with you, your passport, the child's passport and proof of where you are living (such as a rental contract).
- Take your completed form to the Town Hall, Estadistica Office. The fees 2.10 euros per child (in 2014)
- Return to the Town Hall the next day to collect the forms which have now been stamped.
- Take the forms back to the Culture House where they keep the forms and give you a list of your nearest schools.
You apply for a place at your nearest school and when you go to the school it will pay you to take a translator, while teachers can sometimes speak English, they usually choose not to!
When you go to the school, take with you:
- Copy of birth certificate for the child
- Copy of passport for the child
- Copy of parents passports
- 2 passport photographs
- Filled in application form
- Padron paperwork (from Town Hall)
- Medical check paper
(The school will also require a cursory Medical Check-up to be carried out by the local doctor, this is simply a height, weight check and to see if your child's vaccinations are up to date. The Doctor will issue a paper to say your child has passed the medical check, take this paper to the school for their records.)
The school will then give you a list of the required text books and equipment that you will need to purchase for your child. The books will cost around 150 euros per child.