More than just a school

Students at O Castro British International School receive a complete and personalised education which provides extensive exposure to subjects such as music, sport and the creative arts. We believe that these subjects form a vital role in cognitive, creative and social development, fostering skills and abilities such as concentration, improved memory, sensitivity, creativity and sensory development, which can then be applied in many other areas of our student’s lives. Participation in sporting activity, in addition to developing general and specific physical skills, promotes values such as teamwork, self-discipline, friendship, respect and cooperation. These values form an integral part of daily life at O Castro British International School and play a vital role in the all-round education of our students.


The main objective of the Music programme at O Castro British International School is to provide an interactive and inspiring experience of musical theory and practice, stimulating a genuine love of music that our students will carry with them throughout their lives.

  • Students learn to play one or more musical instruments.
  • Participate in concerts and performances.
  • Develop sensitivity and self-discipline.
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Our school has excellent sporting facilities, offering a wide range of opportunities to participate in a range of sports and activities and to develop physical skills and general fitness. We believe that a good sporting education helps to promote fundamental skills and values including:

  • The development of individual physical skills, fitness and sporting talent.
  • Participating in and acquiring an understanding of different sports, games and activities.
  • Instilling individual values such as determination, perseverance and self-discipline.
  • Promoting team values such as leadership, communication skills, cooperation and fair play.
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Creative Arts

Our creative arts programmes focus on developing creative skills, artistic sensibility and self-expression and provides enormous cognitive and personal benefits.

  • Students learn to express themselves via creative activities.
  • We encourage artistic, creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Arts subjects help to develop concentration, empathy and the ability to view the world from a different perspective.
  • Students are offered the opportunity to participate in local and international artistic competitions.
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“We moved to Galicia last year and our four children started school in O Castro British School. Moving from Ireland and joining a different education systems is a big transition for children at any time but it was made easier by the warm welcome from everyone in the school.

The children settled straight into the school, helped by the understanding of the teachers and by the expert delivery of the curriculum. The school gives the children a good work ethic with assignments and projects to be delivered within set timelines. This encourages self-management, independent learning and ownership of the assignments. We see improvements in concentration and we are happy with the grades they are achieving.

Learning Spanish was a concern for us particularly with our older children but with the schools assistance we feel they are progressing well.

Our kids love sport and especially music. The school has a fantastic music program with excellent facilities and a great teacher. The music room is a regular hangout for our kids whenever they have free time. They love the opportunity to try out instruments and practice with their friends.

Life for our children at O Castro is helped by the diversity of children and backgrounds at the school. They experience Spanish and Galician culture and get a great understanding of life and culture of the children from the many other parts of the world who attend the school. Our children too are delighted to bring a little bit of the Irish experience to Vigo.

On every level the O Castro experience has been a positive one for our family.”

Pauline Healy

Mother of four students

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