Sinéad Galvin

Educational Consultant

Helping families to find the right school in Madrid

Hello! My name is Sinéad and I am the founder of the boutique educational consultancy Steps into Spain. I am also a very proud (and busy!) Mum of three.

My Story

I’m Irish and I have been living in Spain (Granada, Valencia, Tenerife, Barcelona and Madrid) on and off for about 20 years. I have lived in Madrid for about 16 years with intermittent spells in London and Melbourne. 

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

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.

My Values & Beliefs

Honest and unbiased

I do not receive commission from any schools and only ever recommend schools that truly match your needs. 

Attention to detail

My work for you will be bespoke and tailor-made to suit your personal needs.

Local Knowledge and expertise

I regularly visit schools across the city and always have my ear to the ground.

My Approach

With extensive experience working in the education sector, I decided to establish my own educational consultancy to continue helping families navigate the complex process of finding the right school for their children. 

My goal is to alleviate the stress associated with the school search, selection, and enrolment process, and help families take control of this crucial decision. I understand that each family’s needs and requirements are unique, and I use this understanding to carefully select schools for your child in Madrid.

It brings me great joy to make the perfect match and see children thrive in their new schools.

I am committed to providing empathetic and professional support to ensure a smooth transition for families living in and moving to Madrid.

Sinéad Galvin - Steps into Spain - Madrid

Featured Publications


  • Finding a school for your child in Madrid – You Tube

  • Nine Tips for families moving to Madrid – You Tube


  • The Irish Times


  • Madrid Metropolitan