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Hi, I am looking into moving to the Benalmadena area of Spain with my husband and 9 year old daughter. We are trying to find some information about state schools in this area as we would not be able to afford to pay for a private school. Does anyone know if there are any primary schools close to Paloma park and how do these schools go about teaching English speaking children as my daughter does not speak any Spanish? Any information regarding shooling in this area would be a big help
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Hi, I am looking into moving to the Benalmadena area of Spain with my husband and 9 year old daughter. We are trying to find some information about state schools in this area as we would not be able to afford to pay for a private school. Does anyone know if there are any primary schools close to Paloma park and how do these schools go about teaching English speaking children as my daughter does not speak any Spanish? Any information regarding shooling in this area would be a big help
Hi there and welcome to BE

I've moved your post over to our Spanish forum as you have some specific questions best answered by the members here.
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Hi, I am looking into moving to the Benalmadena area of Spain with my husband and 9 year old daughter. We are trying to find some information about state schools in this area as we would not be able to afford to pay for a private school. Does anyone know if there are any primary schools close to Paloma park and how do these schools go about teaching English speaking children as my daughter does not speak any Spanish? Any information regarding shooling in this area would be a big help
As Concierge for the Spanish section of BE I would like to say hello and welcome.

BE is a very large expat website, so if you have problems finding your way around we have concierges who will try to direct you. The moderators for the Spanish forums are Mitzyboy and Fred James, moderators are there to ensure that the site runs smoothly within the rules of BE. Problems and complaints should always be addressed to a moderador who will look into the matter and deal with it efficiently and fairly. Our members who post in the Spain Forums are friendly and helpful with a wealth of knowledge of the issues of living in Spain. At the top of the page you will find a quirkily named thread called Free Beer which is full of important and useful information. Hope you enjoy your time participating in the forums.

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Have a look at Benalmadena Pueblo, it's a lovely old very friendly Spanish village with lots of things going on and only 10 minutes bus/car ride from the beach.
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Have a look at Benalmadena Pueblo, it's a lovely old very friendly Spanish village with lots of things going on and only 10 minutes bus/car ride from the beach.
I lived there for 3 years

It is as Spanish or British as you want it to be. The only thing that is lacking are good restaurants - they are very touristy, but it has a good bakery and an OK fruit and veg shop. Very good sports centre.

The state school is officially a Spanish English bilingual school, but the reality is that the teachers barely speak a word of English so follow a pantomime of reading the English materials phonetically as best as they can

There are a scattering of English kids there, although I lived next to the state nursery school, and there wasnt a single English name in the 50 or so kids enrolled there. So it is potentially a good Spanish speaking environment for children

9 is a difficult age to bring children at. Success all depends on the attitude of your child. Is she looking forward to "becoming Spanish" in more ways than one
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It is as Spanish or British as you want it to be. The only thing that is lacking are good restaurants - they are very touristy, but it has a good bakery and an OK fruit and veg shop. Very good sports centre.

The state school is officially a Spanish English bilingual school, but the reality is that the teachers barely speak a word of English so follow a pantomime of reading the English materials phonetically as best as they can

There are a scattering of English kids there, although I lived next to the state nursery school, and there wasnt a single English name in the 50 or so kids enrolled there. So it is potentially a good Spanish speaking environment for children

9 is a difficult age to bring children at. Success all depends on the attitude of your child. Is she looking forward to "becoming Spanish" in more ways than one
I recall asking you this before, but with no reply, do you recall the bar/community centre run by the lady with a Down Syndrome sister? A Cape Coloured lady along with her cockney husband help with all things community based, this bar is family run and goes back donkey's years.
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What does that have to do with the OPs request for information about schools?

Please stay on topic.
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What does that have to do with the OPs request for information about schools?

Please stay on topic.
Because the village community centre would be the perfect place for the OP to ask about schools etc, that is unless your greatness knows better.

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Hi, I am looking into moving to the Benalmadena area of Spain with my husband and 9 year old daughter. We are trying to find some information about state schools in this area as we would not be able to afford to pay for a private school. Does anyone know if there are any primary schools close to Paloma park and how do these schools go about teaching English speaking children as my daughter does not speak any Spanish? Any information regarding shooling in this area would be a big help
If you go down the steps beside the La Fonda hotel in Benalmadena Pueblo you will find a bar that doubles as the community centre directly on your right. I have attempted to find out more from someone who states to have 3 years residence in the pueblo, but my intentions have been misunderstood. A South African lady is who you need to speak to, she is very active in the community centre.

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If you go down the steps beside the La Fonda hotel in Benalmadena Pueblo you will find a bar that doubles as the community centre directly on your right. I have attempted to find out more from someone who states to have 3 years residence in the pueblo, but my intentions have been misunderstood. A South African lady is who you need to speak to, she is very active in the community centre.

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No I dont know that bar, but to be honest I didnt hang out with expats
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No I dont know that bar, but to be honest I didnt hang out with expats
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What's going on here? I posted in the hope that I could get some information about schools in the area, instead I am receiving posts between two other people discussing a bar/african lady??? not really helping answer my question!
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What's going on here? I posted in the hope that I could get some information about schools in the area, instead I am receiving posts between two other people discussing a bar/african lady??? not really helping answer my question!
Sorry about that.

Hopefully someone will be along soon with some useful information.
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Not your fault but thank you! yes hopefully there is someone who can help
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What's going on here? I posted in the hope that I could get some information about schools in the area, instead I am receiving posts between two other people discussing a bar/african lady??? not really helping answer my question!
I thought I answered your question in my first post?
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