English schools in Latin America
Newton College is an Anglo-Peruvian, co-educational, bilingual, day school for students aged 2 to 18. It was founded in 1979 with the intention of offering a modern, humanistic, technological education combining academic excellence, sound character formation and a sense of service to the community. The curriculum draws on the best of Peruvian and British educational systems and is based on the programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organisation and I.G.C.S.E. (Cambridge University). The College has been delivering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 18 since 1987 and at present is in the process of implementing the I.B. Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 11. Both English and Spanish are languages of instruction and French is also taught to students from the age of 11.
The school is built on a large, beautiful campus next to a lake in one of the most attractive suburbs of Lima. The facilities include the Lower School building, the Upper School building, the Science and Computing buildings, a two storey library, a small auditorium for 200 people and a theatre for 1400 people, a large conference room and purpose-built rooms for Nursery, Kindergarten, Art and Music which border the lake. There are extensive playing fields for athletics, soccer, hockey and rugby, as well as volleyball and basketball courts and a small swimming pool. The classrooms are well-appointed and spacious.
At present there are approximately 1300 students on roll and 120 full-time teaching staff. The majority of the students are from Peru (about 85%) but there are also students from around 30 other countries, including Chile, Brazil, Argentina, U.S.A., U.K., Japan, China, Korea, etc. In the last few years the international community has grown at the College due to its reputation as a school that encourages the appreciation and celebration of other cultures. The staff is composed mostly of bilingual Peruvian and British teachers, although there are also teachers from the U.S.A., Spain, France and other nations. The average tutor group has about 25 students but for many subjects and activities class sizes are much smaller, thus providing the opportunity for a more individual approach to teaching and monitoring.
The formal school day, which begins at 8.00 a.m. and finishes at 3.10 p.m., consists of 9 periods of 40 minutes and two breaks, the first of 20 minutes and the second of 40 minutes. From 3.15 to 4.45 p.m. students may take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities which include all the major sports, ballet, dance, debating, scouts, social service projects etc. A lot of these activities also take place on Saturday mornings.
Forming part of the main campus is the College’s nursery school, for children aged 2 to 5. Although the pupils are much younger, its educational system is based on the same ideology as that of the main school. Indeed, they have their own computing suite and intensive English classes.
Newton College also has its own field-study centre in the Amazon Jungle (Sachavacayoc Lodge). It is located in south-eastern Peru in primaeval, unspoilt rainforest. It has facilities for students to carry out investigation and research projects as well as outdoor pursuit activities. It is the only lodge of its kind specially designed as a study centre and it is visited every year by students from all over the world.