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Finding Schools in Madrid

Finding the right school for your child in Madrid can be daunting. The subtle differences in schooling can sometimes make it quite confusing.

I use my professional and personal experience of Spanish schools, education system and way of life to ensure that parents are knowledgeable and informed about what to expect.

I provide bespoke and impartial advice. I do not receive any commission from schools and  will make honest recommendations that I truly believe will fit with your family’s  needs. 

I will work closely with you throughout the school search process, providing support and guidance from start to finish. 

 Together we can secure the Best School  for your child in Madrid.

Family relocating to Madrid

Having made the move myself, I have a deep understanding of a family’s needs when moving to Madrid. 

I take the stress out of moving.

I regularly work with reliable property search companies to help with your house search needs. I only collaborate with respectable immigration lawyers who will manage your family’s specific visa requirements.

My trustworthy associates  (tax advisors, language teachers, interior designers, home help agencies etc.) cover the essentials of what your family will need when moving to Madrid.

I draw on my personal experience, local expertise  and extensive network to ease your family’s transition to life in Madrid.

We’ve had a great experience working with Sinead and the Steps into Spain Team as we explored coming to live in Madrid from the US for a year. Our focus has been on finding the right school(s) for our kids; they have excelled in hearing what we were looking for, finding a number of schools that met our criteria, talking us through the various options, and making personal connections at our top choice schools. They’ve also had advice on neighborhoods to live in and other important details regarding the transition. We could not have done this without them! We’ll continue to use their services as we get closer to our move date. Thank you so much!

Josh and Isabelle

American family (8, 11 & 13)

Sinead is amazing! When moving to Madrid, we wanted to live in the city and find a bilingual school for our boys (8 and 4), without sending them to the major British/American private schools in the suburbs. Sinead talked us through all of the options, including recommending a neighborhood that we love. On her recommendation, we decided to go with a bilingual public school, and Sinead took care of all of the paperwork and navigated the bureaucracy. The boys ended up in a small concertado in our neighborhood that is a perfect fit for them. If you’re moving to Spain from abroad, the process of enrolling in public school can be a bit daunting. Sinead is truly an expert on schooling in Madrid, and also a great sounding board for any little questions that come up during the move. She’s the best – highly recommend!

Kelly Hoffman

American Family (4 & 8)

Sinead was wonderful to work with. She delivered the school we were looking for, quickly and under pressure. She also helped us find a lawyer to deal with our visa issues. Excellent communication and follow-up. Very strong recommendation!

Chris Busbee

American family (8 & 11)

I had an excellent experience with Sinead (Steps into Spain) in our venture to find the right schools for our children, prior to moving to Madrid.

I chose to use this service as we needed the knowledge of someone local ‘in the know’ and of course her being Irish like myself was a bonus.

I believe her service has made a significant difference in the choice of school for our children. The personalised attention to detail was greatly appreciated, especially as our kids had a slightly atypical schooling background in English and French.

Would definitely recommend!

Colm Murphy

Irish / Ecuadorian family (10 & 15)

Sinéad nos ha ayudado mucho a llegar a España con una decisión tomada respecto el come de nuestros hijos. Y estamos muy felices con dicha decisión ahora que comenzaron las clases!!

Ariadna Travini

Argentinian family (3 & 5)

Sinead accompanied us in the process of moving to Madrid, starting months before we actually moved. She guided us to a select a neighborhood to live in, based on our preferences – and indeed it is a perfect fit for what we wanted. She facilitated the entire house searching process for us and has been a tremendous help – as we didn’t speak Spanish, we made all the necessary communications and coordinations for us. She also accompanied us in the process of registering our girls to school, which again can be almost impossible for outsiders without language… Along the way, whenever we needed a ”local” advise, she was always attentive and referred us to great resources from her professional and personal network – from an internal decorator to a place for vacation, even good restaurants 🙂 always with a big smile and a great willingness to help. Thank yoy Sinead, it was a pleasure!

Keren Dotan Cohen

Israeli family (3 & 6)

Thanks for your advice last year.  Being new to expat life, now I know I should have found and hired you a year ago!  Going off of word of mouth has never proved successful for us.  An informed and unbiased voice would have made all the difference!

Kate

American family of five (2, 4 & 6)

We are so happy we contacted Sinead at Steps into Spain while trying to navigate finding a school for our two kids. We were researching schools in Spain prior to our move there, while living in the US, which was difficult. It helped so much to have a thoughtful person “on the inside,” to make recommendations. We thought we had looked at every school in Madrid, but Sinead turned us on to one we hadn’t been considering and it ended up being our top choice. Now the kids have been accepted at that school and it is a huge weight off my shoulders, that we have found a school where we think they will thrive. And it is all thanks to Sinead! She was very communicative throughout the process and I always felt I could reach out to her with any questions or issues that arose. I really trusted her experienced advice. I would wholeheartedly recommend that any parent relocating to Spain reach out to Sinead.

Jennifer Hunter

American family (10 & 8)

When we started our relocation to Madrid, my first priority was finding the best school for our children. Sinéad and Steps into Spain came highly recommended and now I know why. She was so patient with us – she carefully listened to all my concerns and goals for our school. She offered perspective from her own personal experience and guided us each step of the way. Even when we made a last minute change to our decision, Sinéad was supportive and understanding. We have since arrived in Spain and visited the school our children will start in September. It is the perfect fit for our family. Thank you, Sinéad!

Laurel Knell

American family (3 & 5)

About Me

I’m Sinéad, an Irish educational consultant, bilingual Mum and founder of Steps into Spain.

I help families choose the Best School for Their Child in Madrid. With my expertise and local know, families can find schools that fit perfectly with their children’s academic, social, and emotional needs. A happy child is a happy parent, which is the central ethos of Steps into Spain – and one less challenge.

For many years I worked in Spanish Public schools teaching English and my own three children have also been through the school application process. Knowing from my own experience that the process can be complex, I want to help and guide families through this.

I regularly visit schools in Madrid and offer an unbiased, impartial opinion, both from a professional as well as a Mum’s perspective.

Having lived in many countries and moved several times with kids, I have a deep understanding of family’s needs when moving to a new country and the importance attached to finding the right school.

I can also manage other family requirements like housing, paperwork and everything else that is needed to get you settled into this wonderful city.

During my time here I have built up a solid network of contacts and cannot wait to help families to discover as well as connect with their local community – arranging language classes, recommending suitable clubs and gyms, local meet ups and reliable English speaking services.

En España se vive muy bien (life is very good in Spain) and that is something I want my clients to feel once they begin to work with me.

Schedule your free introductory call to discuss your family’s unique requirements and how I can help and support you.

Sinéad xxx

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