Ministerial responsibility for the Department of Education is held by the Hon Gilbert Licudi QC.
The Department of Education, under the control of the Director of Education, is responsible for the management of education. The Director, subject to the directions of the Minister, has a duty to promote the education of the people of Gibraltar generally, to control and direct educational policy, to administer and inspect all schools and to ensure the due administration of the provisions of the relevant legislation.
The Senior Staff of the Department consists of:
| Director of Education -
||Dr. J Britto B Ed Dip Ed ADAES M Ed Ed D
| Senior Education Advisor -
||Mr D Grech BSc (Hons) MSc PGCE
| Educational Psychologists -
||Monique Bacarese-Hamilton BSc (Hons) MSc AEP MBPsS HCPC
Ms Sarah Sheehan BSc (Hons) MSc AEP MBPsS HCPC
| Education Advisors -
||Mrs Sarah Payas B Ed
Mr S Sullivan BSc PGCE
Mr L Gomez B Ed (Hons) ADCUM
| Administrative Officer (SEO) -
||Mrs C Valdivia
| Assistant Education Advisor -
||Mr G Olivero BA (Hons) PGCE M Ed
The Department has responsibility for the development and implementation of an effective framework for learning in all its forms – full and part-time, academic, professional and vocational.
The main contact numbers and e-mail address for general enquiries are:
Fax: +350 20071564
THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
There are 14 schools and 1 College of Further Education in Gibraltar. All teacher-training takes place in UK universities and colleges. In addition, teachers must have a registration number issued by the Department for Education (UK).
Details of the schools and Gibraltar College are as follows:
Name of Institution
||Mrs M A Brooks Cert Ed B Ed
||Dr G A Garcia B Ed M Ed PhD
|Bishop Fitzgerald Middle School
||Mr P Lyon ADAES M Ed
|St Anne’s Middle School
||Mr P Duarte ADAES B Ed
|St Joseph’s Middle School
||Dr T Ocaña BA (Hons) QTS Ph.D
|St Joseph’s First School
||Mrs J Massetti B Ed (Hons) ADCUM ADES
|St Martin’s Special School
||Ms A Felipes B Ed
||Mr C Skinner MA (OXON) MSC
|Sacred Heart Middle School
||Mr K Saez Bed (Hons) ADCUM
|Hebrew Primary School
||Mrs N Garson B Ed
|Governor’s Meadow First School
||Mrs T Curtis B Ed
|Notre Dame First School
||Mr J Gomila B Ed ADCUM
|St Bernard’s First School
||Mrs D Chiappe B Ed (Hons) PG Dip
|St Mary’s First School
||Mrs N McLaren B Ed
|St Paul’s First School
||Mrs J Montegriffo B Ed
The Gibraltar Government provides a number of places in nursery units for children of pre-school age. Current Government provision for pre-school children is catered for by Varyl Begg Nursery, St Paul’s Nursery, St Mary’s Nursery, Governor’s Meadow Nursery, St Bernard’s Nursery, Notre Dame Nursery and St Joseph’s Nursery. There is also a Nursery attached to St Martin’s Special School.
Apart from Government provision, there are a number of privately run playgroups and nurseries. There are currently 10 private playgroups/nurseries registered with the Department of Education. These are inspected jointly by the Environmental Agency, City Fire Brigade and the Department of Education to ensure minimum standards of accommodation, numbers on roll and staffing levels.
Primary Education is free, full-time and compulsory for Gibraltar residents between the ages of 4+/7+ (Years R to 3) and in Middle Schools for the 8+/12 age-range (Years 4 to 7). All these schools are co-educational and English is the language of instruction. Spanish is introduced formally as a subject in the Middle School (Year 4), although in certain circumstances relating to special needs and work with reception class children, the use of Spanish as an aid to teaching as and when necessary, is not discouraged in First schools. All curricula are governed by the National Curriculum Regulations which is based on the National Curriculum for England. There are specific differences in respect of Spanish and other subjects (including Religious Education) which reflect local realities.
Entry to formal education in the First Schools and the Hebrew Primary School takes place at the commencement of the Autumn Term each year. This is organised in such a way that all children who will attain the age of 5 during the academic year are enrolled at the beginning of the academic year. To ease the transition into schooling, morning sessions only are attended for a period of time. Morning sessions plus afternoon sessions follow this later on during the year. Finally, full attendance for both morning and afternoon sessions follow. Schools are free to determine when and how often children start attending afternoon sessions.
Secondary Education is free, full-time and compulsory for Gibraltar residents between the ages 12+ and 15+ years.
As is the case at Primary level, the secondary curriculum is defined by National Curriculum legislation. In the first two years (Years 8 and 9), both secondary schools offer a broad compulsory curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Science, French or European Studies, Spanish, History, Geography, Art, Music, Religious Education, Physical Education, Design and Technology and Information and Communications Technology. In Years 10 and 11, pupils opt for a number of subjects from a range of disciplines, always keeping to National Curriculum requirements, in order to enable them to study this reduced number in greater detail for public examination purposes. In addition, all pupils take the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science), Religious Education and Physical Education. Vocational Education is also available.
St Martin’s School was opened in September 1976 and essentially caters for a wide range of special needs for children between the ages of 5+ and 16+.
A Learning Support Facility (LSF) for children of First School age was established at Notre Dame School in September 1983. A second LSF was established in January 1985 at Bishop Fitzgerald. These LSFs cater for children for whom St Martin’s would be inappropriate but whose special needs cannot be met satisfactorily in the mainstream classroom. Special needs provision at secondary level is enhanced by providing an LSF at each Secondary School. There is also an Alternative Learning Centre at Bayside School which aims to provide support for disaffected pupils.
Full-time provision is for Gibraltar residents and is primarily centered on Intermediate and Advanced Courses in Information Technology, Business and Finance Studies and Built Environment Studies.
An area of rapid growth is that of courses leading to professional qualifications. The College is providing tuition/tutorial support for bodies such as ACCA, ILEX, ICSA, AAT and the Institute of Bankers. There are also a large number of qualifications ranging from GCSE to AS/A levels being offered to full-time students in partnership with the two secondary schools as well as part-time courses in the evenings.
Degree and Higher National Diploma courses are followed at United Kingdom Universities, in the main. Gibraltar Government Scholarships are available to eligible students.