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Life in residence

Living in the SEK-El Castillo International School Residence is a life-changing experience for students. The day begins at 08:15, with breakfast, and enough time to get ready before attending classes, which take place over the usual academic timetable. From 17:30 though, the residence becomes a truly remarkable place:

After tea, students can explore their interests and pursue their passions. The whole school campus is at your service: from the elite-level sports facilities, to the academic and leisure areas, within an enormous open air campus.

The weekends are a chance to participate in unique activities in the incredible city of Madrid and everyone, every day of the year, can soak up the relaxed, open, and positive atmosphere, where students from different countries share their cultures, languages and concerns.

At the SEK-El Castillo International School Residence, lifelong friendships are made, and memories are forged that our students will treasure throughout their lives.


Boarding at SEK-El Castillo

SEK-El Castillo boarders feel completely at home, living an unforgettable and enriching experience, which encourages their self-reliance and allows them to reach their maximum academic potential and, more importantly, a personal development that will turn them into citizens the world.

The main linchpins of our educational approach are cultural exchange, recognition of diversity and mutual acceptance and respect.

Where to find us

In Villafranca del Castillo, a privileged area Northwest of Madrid. The location is ideal for boarders, living in contact with nature, a stone’s throw from the capital.


SEK International School El Castillo boarding houses have been built according to the most demanding quality standards.

The boarding areas for boys and girls boast study rooms; nurse and doctor’s offices; daily laundry, ironing and sorting of clothes; TV room; student service and 24-hour security, as well as excellent sports and recreational areas.

Boarders live on SEK International School El Castillo grounds, where they can enjoy all they need for study, leisure and enjoying their free time: TV rooms with satellite channels, Wi-Fi connections, games, music, reading, library, radio studio, auditorium, as well as everything necessary to enjoy a well-deserved rest in their dormitories, distributed according to students’ age and year.


Medical Service
The school has a medical service (doctor and nurse) in addition to its insurance policy with a major insurance company and with 24-hour coverage.
At the start of the school year, all students undergo a general medical examination to determine their health condition.

Meals service
The school has its own kitchen (certified in accordance with ISO Standard 9002:1994), ensuring that the food provided meets all quality and hygiene regulations.
The boarding house blog features the meals, dietary guidelines and the different services of the dining room. Students with special dietary needs must be given express authorization from the school medical service.

Weekend transport service.
On weekends, students can use the school coach service, with pick up and transfer of students to airports or main bus and train stations.

Laundry service
All garments must be marked with the identification number given to students by the school secretary. Laundry must be sent in a personal cloth bag (it is advisable to have two), identified with the student’s identification number.

Sport activities

Sports are an essential pillar at SEK Education Group. The greatest example of this commitment are our boarding students who belong to the High-Performance Sports Academies, combining their studies with high-level sports at national and international levels.

But all boarders can use the tennis, padel tennis and squash courts, indoor pools, gym, basketball court and football pitches and all the sports facilities of SEK-El Castillo and UCJC Sports Club.

Taekwondo / self-defence
Taekwondo is the most popular Korean martial art in the world. A very all-round sport on a physical and spiritual level, which includes self-control techniques.
At SEK-El Castillo, students who practice this sport prepare to take their exams to obtain Spanish Federation ranks and belts, headed by Coral Bistuer, 7th Dan and EU gold medal winner in Taekwondo.

Fitness and sports preparation with individual programmes.

Lessons and training with SEK Sports Club instructors.

Tennis/Padel Tennis
The SEK tennis and padel tennis academies cater for students from different levels, who must be federated to be able to participate in different tournaments in the Madrid Region. And courts stay open all day for them to be able to train whenever they want.

Boarders can sign up for lessons from specialised instructors from the school’s sports academies and SEK Sports Club.
Golf A sport that develops precision, global perception and balance, students receive instruction from specialised instructors from the SEK Sports Club.

Horse riding
As well as learning to ride and compete, students learn how to care for the animals and use equipment correctly from specialist instructors from SEK Sports Club.
Accomplished riders can take part in local and regional championships. Students may train with their own horses or those of the school.

Ballet / funky
Offered in partnership with the Víctor Ullate Dance Foundation, this activity offers instruction and training from one of the greatest masters of this artistic discipline.

Cultural, leisure and free time activities

Students learn acting and drama techniques and perform rehearsals for the staging of theatrical adaptations or original works.

In the music school for boarders, students are can take up or continue their studies in different instruments: violin, piano, cello or percussion. violin, piano, cello or percussion.

Creative Arts
This activity aims to foster students’ creativity through working with different techniques, such as oil paints, watercolour, tempera, carving and modelling.

Reading Club
Students taking this activity improve their reading skills and expression, applying diction and comprehension techniques.
Current Affairs Workshop Know and interpret the world that surrounds you. This activity aims to encourage students to analyse and debate the most relevant news and current affairs from Spain and abroad.

CAS Activities
An opportunity to train as responsible and caring citizens, participating in Community and Service Activities, through working at the boarding house or school itself, or collaborating directly with official bodies: UNICEF, Red Cross, Environmental groups …

Weekend activities

Boarders enrolled in the Full-time Boarding Programme (from Monday to Sunday), will enjoy different activities aimed both at enriching their leisure and their personal development:

Academic activities: timetables are established for students’ study sessions and academic tuition. Study hours are scheduled according to the student’s performance and personal agenda.

Co-curricular activities: Visits to museums and places of cultural interest, sporting events, exhibitions, film forum, theatre …

Leisure activities: social afternoons, cinema, shopping, parties or birthday celebrations, because having fun is also part of the personal development of students.

Sport activities: Boarders can take part in sports such as tennis, swimming, padel tennis or fitness classes at the school or the SEK Sports Club.

Outdoor activities: Hiking, mountain biking, skating, or visits to theme parks (adventure, attractions, wildlife, etc).

A first-rate teaching team

SEK International School El Castillo school and boarding house staff have extensive experience and share a true passion for learning.

The entire team’s commitment is to enhance the academic performance and personal development of students, planning and mediating in their learning, diagnosing strengths and weaknesses, to ensure boarders enjoy a comfortable and familiar space to develop academically and as people.
In the over 20 years of the boarding house’s history, teachers and educators acted as guides, examples and a positive influence for boarders, creating life-long memories.

SEK team training
The ongoing training of the over 10,000 teachers who have taught at SEK Education Group, has been, for over 50 years, one of our hallmarks.
Another hallmark of SEK schools are our ongoing efforts in education research and innovation. And that, in today’s learning society, is not just something that stands us apart, it is a model in its own right.

An unforgettable, captivating experience

SEK El Castillo Madrid

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