Tenbury House

(International Boarding School in Madrid)

OUR FLAGSHIP COLLEGE The largest school in the King’s College network originally opened in 1969 and moved to its present location in 1978. The school is located in a leafy suburb just 30 minutes from the centre of Madrid and educates more than 1600 pupils between the ages of 4 months and 18 years. It is exceptionally connected by road, rail and air with Madrid Barajas international airport just a short drive away.

Pupils study under the National Curriculum of England and Wales for their (I)GCSEs and A Level examinations, before heading off to the best university destinations across the UK, Europe and the world.  King’s College Madrid is also a candidate school to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma from September 2020, enabling students to choose their path at Sixth Form to either study A Levels or IB, both programmes of study are offered in English by native British and British trained teachers, King’s College Madrid is the only school in the Spanish capital with such an academic offer.

The school itself boasts an array of onsite facilities to enrich the day to day life of all students, with a AstroTurf field, indoor heated swimming pool and recently inaugurated sports centre complete with gym, as well as horse riding facilities an auditorium and an array of outdoor sports pitches, the school caters to the whim and personal preferences of each individual student.

Our Boarding Residence

Nestled at the heart of the large day school, is our onsite and international purpose-built boarding school, which offers some of the best boarding accommodation in Europe is a home away from home for nearly 50 pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 years old. The school provides a safe, secure, positive and enjoyable environment for all our students to live in and it is our utmost concern that everyone is well looked after and cared for at all times.

The onsite boarding residence is called “Tenbury House” and opened in September 2011 to offer a high-quality and eclectic, truly international environment which not only stimulates our students academically, but also provides an array of extra-curricular on/off site activities to complete a full immersion boarding experience. Our diverse boarding community fosters a strong sense of camaraderie whilst promoting responsibility, independence and intercultural life-long friendships.

Our modern accommodation provides a high quality, comfortable and safe environment for our pupils, with onsite residential staff to tend to the students’ needs 24 hours a day. There is a close liaison between the boarding and teaching staff to ensure continuity of information and care at all times. Tenbury House Students also have a supervised study area, to allow pupils to be able to concentrate on their academic needs while having a member of staff on hand to help them where necessary.

At Tenbury House pupils are allocated in en-suite bedrooms with heating and AC, with wireless Internet. In addition there is a dining room, a common room, a cinema room, a study room, a kitchen that pupils can use to make light meals and a laundry room. During the evenings and weekends, the students in Tenbury House have full access to these facilities and can also take advantage of many of the school’s sports and outdoor facilities available.

Tenbury House has boys’ accommodation on one floor and girls’ on the other. Most students will share a room with others of a similar age. Each floor is also the home to Boarding staff and their families.

Students may bring their own laptops, fridges and stereo equipment for their room; we do expect that they will have a mobile telephone.

We encourage you to come and visit our boarding residence and experience the international and welcoming atmosphere for yourself.




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Important Information:


  • There are always two or more members of Boarding staff on duty on the premises and one on call. The staff have chosen to live in Tenbury House and are entirely committed to the whole education that a boarding school can offer.
  • All staff work collaboratively with the students to create a strong and supportive family unit in which every member knows they are cared for and cared about. As well as giving their time to the students in the house, they give their advice and help during the daily ‘prep’ and they share their interests and local knowledge during the weekends by organising trips and outings; some taking advantage of what is on in Tres Cantos or Madrid, and others on extended day or overnight excursions to the mountains and countryside located close by.
  • Any students wishing to make independent travel and weekend arrangements must do so in advance with a supporting email form their parents to the Head of Boarding.
  • Travel arrangements to and from school at the beginning and end of term remain the responsibility of parents, as do arrangements for any necessary student Type D visas or Student Pass. The school will arrange for boarders to be met by senior members of the house when they first arrive at the airport or main Madrid stations, and at the end of term will ensure that they board their various trains and flights.
  • Our international boarding school will arrange for boarders to be met by senior members of Tenbury House when they first arrive at Madrid airport. At the end of term we ensure that they get to the airport or station in plenty of time for their journey home.


Quotes from past and present Boarders:

What does living in Tenbury House mean to our Boarders?

“… that there is no such thing as nationality, and even if there were Tenbury House would have its own.”

” … having another home. It is sometimes really hard but because you have so many friends around you, you feel happy. You miss your home but you know that when you go home you will miss Tenbury House just as much.”

“… getting to know people from other countries and being able to share your home with all of them.”

“… sharing feelings, fun, good times and bad times, having lots of friends all of the time, keeping secrets and promises all together, and living in a “BIG family”.

” … a lot to every one of us. You are living away from home and without your parents. However there are many people, new friends and teachers, there to help you get through it. Friends and teachers support you in education and social life.”


We invite you to take a look at our Boarding Brochure.