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Nobel to build new school in Almancil

Nobel International School Algarve has announced plans to “expand operations in Portugal” by building a new campus in Almancil, to be up and running by September 2017 for Early Years (age 3-5) and Primary age students (6-10 years old).

The campus will be located on a 37,000 square acre plot near Caminho das Pereiras and will join the Nobel Education Network’s existing campuses in Lagoa and Lagos.

“We chose to expand our operations in Portugal because of the increasing demand for high-quality, international education among both Portuguese and expatriate families in the Algarve,” said the network’s managing director Karl Engkvist.

“Our new facility will offer students a world-class education in an environment that supports both independent and collaborative learning.”

According to Nobel, the new campus will include a “premium, purpose-built facility housing administration offices, a multi-purpose hall, and classrooms equipped with the latest educational technology”.

Additional features include a central courtyard, two playgrounds and an all-weather sports field. The campus design allows for “future expansion as enrolment grows”.

It was also revealed that the school will apply to be a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme, which “focuses on the development of the child by engaging students in inquiry and emphasising project-based learning”.

“Academics and campus life at Nobel Almancil will embrace Portugal’s spirit of Discovery, the World Topic that guides the learning experience at Nobel Algarve,” the school network added.

“Our students experience Discovery through academics, extra-curricular programmes, an emphasis on community activity, and interactions with the greater Nobel network,” said Nobel Algarve’s Head of School Mike Farrer. “This exciting process inspires a love of learning in students that lasts a lifetime,” he added.

Nobel is a Singapore-based education network that also runs schools in Austria, Oman and Vietnam.