Providing children with an international education, thus maximising their opportunities and options, has gradually become a priority for families in Portugal. This is true not only for expats living in the country, but also for Portuguese families for whom having access to a network of prestigious institutions worldwide, like the Inspired Education Group, makes a huge difference in their children’s future.

With 5 schools in Portugal, the Group will open its first boarding project in this new academic year: an on-campus Boarding Residence at St. Peter's International School (SPIS), a school with 37.000 square meters and a series of new and modern facilities built specifically for this purpose. The Group approaches academic excellence as the beginning rather than the end of a journey, an open door to a career and a life full of opportunities. This journey can now happen in a space which is 100% dedicated to the pedagogical development of students, with a balanced approach between soft and hard skills, and located only 30 minutes away from the Lisbon city centre.

Spurred by the pandemic, the number of families seeking this type of solution in Portugal is increasing. St. Peter's offers the options of weekly or full boarding for students from the age of 14. In this new boarding residence, students will find a safe and protected space where they can develop their skills without interruptions or unpredictable events. The new boarders will have the opportunity to join the current diverse school community of over 1,000 students from 40 nationalities and benefit from a unique, individualised academic programme, as well as personalised guidance for career choices and university access, which will prepare them for the most prestigious institutions, in Portugal and abroad.

The boarding programme offers two different curriculum options, both focused on the development of the students' cognitive and behavioural abilities, with a view to optimising their academic journey – the Portuguese National Curriculum (Grades 9 to 12), or the International Curriculum, which includes the Cambridge IGCSE (Grades 9 and 10) and the IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12).

The Portuguese Curriculum, centred on humanities and social sciences, guarantees a wide range of alternatives, which effectively complement any type of curriculum. This curriculum aims to prepare students to enter the most demanding national and international universities.

The international curriculum, on the other hand, allows a greater adaptation to the students' academic profile as they can choose different subjects and disciplines. Both the IGCSE and IB Diploma programmes are recognised by the most demanding international universities and employers. The IB Diploma, specifically, is a challenging but balanced educational programme that focuses on preparing the students for a fully international academic and professional environment. It seeks to develop not only technical and academic skills, but also social and human skills, endowing each student with a unique capacity to identify difference, to know how to deal and grow with it.

This ambitious project confirms St. Peter’s plan to remain a leading school, but also reinforces its strategy of providing students with a prestigious international experience which, combined with their unique potential and desires, will place them on the map for major international projects and markets.

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