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Private Schools for Expats in Malta

Author: Jim Newham
Submitted: October 2014

Private schools in Malta may be fully funded privately, as expected, or partially funded by the state. The private school system can be divided into two distinct groups, Church Schools, which have a religious base, mainly Catholic, and Independent Schools.

It should be noted that the government of Malta conducts regular compliance checks with all private schools to ensure that the quality of education delivered is appropriate. In fact, the government of Malta is also responsible for the licensing of private schools.

Like with state schools, the education structure ranges from kindergarten through to secondary schools. Whereas state primary schools are co-educational, private Church schools are single-sex at both the primary and secondary levels.  Private independent schools are often co-educational.

An advantage of private schools is that lessons are overwhelmingly taught in English. Parents who are concerned that their children may not adjust well into a state school system where the medium of instruction is mainly Maltese should consider this option. Note, however that private schools also follow the national curriculum and, in many of them, students are required to sit the national examination in Maltese. Furthermore, students of most private schools are required to attend Maltese language classes at school.

Many private independent schools are also certified exam centres in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and students have option of sitting this examination at their school. If this certification is important to you, you should ensure that the school that you have selected is a certified exam centre.

Admission into Church schools can be quite competitive due to the limited number of places. Please refer to the following link for an overview of the admissions process:

https://maltadiocese.org/files/2010/12/Regulations-Eng-Y1.pdf

The admissions process for independent schools varies, with most requiring the completion of a registration form with previous school reports, vaccination cards, means of identification of parents and students. Some schools such as St. Martin’s College, (https://chs.edu.mt/services/generalinfo/Registration-Procedures), depending on your child’s school level, require prospective students to sit placement tests in Maltese, English and Mathematics. International students however are not required to sit the Maltese placement test.

The cost of private schools varies significantly depending on whether it is a Church or independent school. As Church schools are subsidised by the state and the Catholic Church, they often charge no fees. In lieu of fees, parents are asked to contribute a “voluntary donation”. In recent years however, the value of this voluntary donation has been increasing to the displeasure of many.

Private independent schools are more expensive as they are not subsidised. Annual fees range generally from €2,000 to €6000. For an overview the cost of tuition as well as other associated costs, the following article by Malta Today is quite helpful:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/en/newsdetails/news/national/The-real-costs-of-private-education

The decision to send your child to a private school is a significant investment and you should therefore make it carefully. In considering schools, you should enquire about class sizes, student/teacher ratios, teacher qualifications and performance in examinations to name a few. You should contact schools directly, using the information provided below, in order have all your concerns and questions addressed.

Another benefit of private schools is the wide range of extra-curricular activities available and after school care programmes. Please note however that these activities often come with an added cost and these factors should be considered in making your selection. Additionally, other costs such as school uniforms are borne by the parents.

Please note that if your child is under the age of 3, you may want to send him/her to an early childcare centre.  It is comforting to note that the Department for Social Welfare Standards is responsible for the registration of private childcare centres and regularly ensures that the necessary standards are followed. For a list of private childcare centres and their contact information, please refer to the following links below:

For a complete list of private Church schools and their contact information, please refer to the following links below:

Kindergarten:

Primary:

Secondary:

 

Please refer to the following links below for a complete list of private independent schools and their contact information:

Kindergarten:

Primary:

Secondary:

 

 



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