13 May 2013 19:20:
We live in Murcia so cannot comment on Rojales. However our son came at 10 years and had learned Spanish within 6 months. The non Spanish speaking children are taken out of the class sometimes for extra lessons. Yes, books and all equipment have to be bought by parents and there are grants which are not at the moment income related at least here.
Some schools have uniform but most do not. Repeating the year is common and there are lots of exams to pass. This means that there can be a lot of homework.
There are schools which are semi-private, in that you pay perhaps 60 euros per month, and for that you get extra tuition and maybe homework sent by e-mail. These are hard to get places in, as you gain points if you live or work in the area or if siblings attend or some relations are on the staff of the school etc.
There are also very good private bilingual schools- El Limonar International School in Villamartin area may be near you.
Schools close 3rd/4th week of June but turn up if you arrive then and they will tell you what you need to do.
One thing is that children are valued in Spain and family ties are strong. Education at least in our area is like going back to the 60's in the UK.
Thread: Rojales school - does anyone have children at this school?