Sinéad Galvin

Education Consultant

Helping families to find the Best School for Your Child

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

My Story

I’m Sinéad Galvin, an Irish expat and have been living in Spain for over 20 years in places like Granada, Valencia, Tenerife, and Barcelona. Madrid has been home for the past 18 years, with occasional stints in London and Melbourne.

When I first moved to Spain, I initially taught business English. I went all by my lonesome from office to office with my English books and knew Madrid’s metro line off by heart. Fast-forward a year later, and I was lucky enough to become involved in a project with la Comunidad de Madrid and the British Council, teaching English for a few years in Spanish public schools. And of course, my own three children have all been through the school application process in Madrid. I appreciate the complexities and anxieties associated with the school search and application process and, drawing from both my professional and personal experience, my goal is to guide and to support families every step of the way.

Having lived in multiple countries and relocated with my family many times, I have a deep understanding of a family needs when embarking on a new adventure in a foreign land. Finding the right school for your child is a fundamental part of a successful move. A happy child means a happy parent. And I am here to ensure that this process is as seamless and stress-free as possible.

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.

Support and understanding

I will help you and your child every step of the way. 

My Approach

With extensive experience in the education sector, I ventured into establishing my own education consultancy to assist families navigate the complexities of finding the ideal school for their child in Madrid.

My goal is to alleviate the stress associated with the school search, selection, and enrolment process, empowering families to make informed and confident decisions about their child’s education. I take the time to get to know each and every family, ensuring an understanding of their unique requirements.  It is this in-depth information that allows me to a prepared a selection of schools carefully tailored to your child’s needs in the city of Madrid.

My greatest satisfaction is making the perfect match between families and their chosen schools, and witnessing their child flourish in their new educational setting.

As a dedicated education consultant, I am committed to ensuring a seamless transition for families relocating to Madrid. Whether you’re contemplating a move to Spain, exploring schools, or planning an intra-Madrid transition, I stand ready to guide you through this educational journey, making it as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Together we will find the very best school for your child’s needs.


Featured Publications


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

  • Tips for families moving to Madrid – You Tube

Sinéad Galvin Articles

  • The Irish Times
  • Madrid Metropolitan

Fun Facts About Schools in Spain

Starting school is a major step for any family and starting school in a foreign country is certainly daunting.

This enjoyable guide was created tto support families venturing into the Spanish education system for the first time.