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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. 

sI 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 consultants 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 of five

Sinéad, I just wanted to thank you for the introduction to you, your services, and some of your contacts. You have a great service for families in Madrid and it’s very clear that you love what you do.

Kate Celauro

American family of six

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 of four

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!


American family of five

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 of four

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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