Who we are
It is a wholly independent private school run by a general manager and a director of studies and supported by an expert team in different fields; education, administration, marketing etc. etc. and it is not a franchise. Our expertise and skills are all resident
Over the course of the years Velvet School has become a point of reference not only in Bilbao but witing the province of Vizcaya.
The school is member of ACEIB and FECEI and is a University of Cambridge ESOL Authorised Centre.
Velvet School teaches English – and many more languages – to all age ranges from Younger Learners to adults in small homogeneous classes.
In our School our adults can take general English courses or a wide range of more specialised courses leading to international certifications.
We prepare our learners for an extensive range of examinations, which can be found in the section entitled “Certificaciones” The full range of study options is listed in the section called “Cursos” we also provide specific training for company, analyse their needs and fulfill them. Velvet School has a long-established and well founded learner-focused language education policy which is reflected in our Mission Statement below.
Our teaching team are experienced mother-tongue qualified teachers. We invest in, and train, our staff on a continuous basis. In this way our staff can enjoy employment with continuous professional development which, in turn, provides the learner with the certainty of effective quality teaching.
Mission Statement – our professional vision
Our overall aim is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence and leader in the professional field that provides high quality and affordable English language educational services to a wide range learners of English for Speakers of Other Languages ESOL. Our teaching aims are to help our learners to develop mastery of practical language skills in a stimulating and supportive environment sensitive to their personal growth and to provide them with officially recognised certification of language proficiency.
Where we are
Location & Background
You can find us only in the Basque Country. The contact details for our school are listed below:
Velvet School has been teaching English in Bilbao since 1988. The school is located on the first and Fourth floor of a modern building in Calle Simon Bolivar 7. It is a member of ACEIB And FECEI – Asocioción española di academias de idiomas, the Spanish quality association for language providers: designed to maintain educational standards by protecting both staff and students. It is an Authorised Centre of preparation for Cambridge ESOL.
Velvet School is an equal opportunities employer
Organisation of Academic Management
There is a Director of studies whose job is to coordinate teachers, and give them the support and provide specialist knowledge and support for specific subsets such as Young Learners, Adults, Examinations, Testing and Assessment, ICT, and so on.
Teaching staff are assigned a 1:1 link who acts as both a mentor and the first port of call for support and advice. Teachers and their assigned 1:1 link meet on a regular basis.
The Autonomous Region of Basque Country
Bilbao is the main city of the Autonomous Region of Basque Country. It has a population of about 500,000 and is situated on the Cantabrian coast about 80 miles from the France border. It also has the advantage of mountains within easy reach of the city. Swimming and skiing are therefore both easily available. Bilbao usually has comparatively mild winters punctuated by the famous “siri-miri”. Average summer temperatures are in the 25°-30°C range.
It’s a really warm and friendly town, a place to walk from home to work, a place where you can have a “pintxo” and a “zurito” with friends while meeting local people. Bilbao has an opera house, theatres among many other attractions but we should point out that the Guggenhem Museum is our most important and internationally renouned symbol.Apply to Velvet School
The official website in English of the Autonomous Region of Basque Country can be found at:
The official website of the municipality (Ayuntamiento) of Bilbao can be found a list of events and cultural activities at:
Quality Certification, Syllabus FECEI
This is a professional organization which has three main areas of interest:
The Velvet School is member of FECEI. Further details can be found at www.fecei.org.Apply to Velvet School
How to apply
Minimum requirements to apply for teaching positions at Velvet School should:
Teachers appointed in Spain are employed on open-ended contracts with security of tenure (“Trabajador con contratos a tiempo indeterminato/fijo discontinuo”) as provided under the “Spain National Contract”.
Their principal duties are to teach English as a foreign language at all levels (A1 – C2) up to Cambridge ESOL Proficiency and sometimes beyond, to all ages from children to teenagers, from adult beginners groups to ESP groups and business courses.
Syllabuses are thought between commercial course materials and in-house syllabuses which are benchmarked as appropriate to the CEFR, and/or Cambridge ESOL exams, or which relate to examinations from other boards such as Trinity or IELTS. The school uses commercially published course books as “core materials” as well as specially prepared course materials for many of the adults’ courses and some of the children’s courses. The school has a Teachers’ Resource library which will give you an extra support for the preparation of your classes.
The school places considerable emphasis on continual staff training and development, particularly as it encourages staff to take up careers in EFL. CPD (Continuous Professional Development) is a cornerstone of the school’s ongoing training policy.
Teacher development is broadly and supported by 1 to 1 meetings with the Dos, Cambridge Esol exams workshops, motivation and class control seminars etc. inside and within our School.
If you are interested in being part of the Velvet team, complete the following form: