First post, and likely to be many many more over the years, as we just decided to move to Spain next summer.
We are flexible on location, and the main thing is getting school places for our two boys (starting term of Sept 2014) who will be aged 6 and 8 at the time of the move.
We want to send them to an independent school, education primarily in English. Our ideal was to move to Pucol just outside of Valencia and the kids go to Caxton College, but that assumes Caxton would have available places, which they don't.
Of course each school will be different, but can anyone give a feel for how difficult it is currently to find places at international schools and whether there are local/regional differences (ie some places easier than others). Also whether anyone knows of schools that are likely to have places (assume the stretch down from Valencia to Alicante).
(eg we currently live in HK, and if asked the same question here, could tell you the waiting lists are long for most international school and its very difficult to find places, although there are one or two schools which have been expanding and are mroe likely to have places - and I guess looking for a similar type of feel for the situation in Spain in the Valencia/Alicante regions).
we have two International Schools near me (halfway between Valencia & Alicante) - Laude Lady Elizabeth (LES) & Xabìa International College (XIC)
I know teachers from both, & families with kids at one or the other
They are very different to each other - if you visit them both, you will probably come out loving one & disliking the other - though obviously not everyone will love/dislike the same one!
I know that there is/has been a waiting list for some age groups at LES
XIC has been for the past couple of years been offering something like a 50% discount for any child transferring there from state school