Life In Gibraltar


Gibraltar Property

Below is a list of estate agents in Gibraltar, the majority offer property rentals and sales in Gibraltar & nearby Spain:

Ace Homes

ANK Homes

BFA Estate Agents

BMI Group

GM International Homes

Levy Solomon

Mediterranean Estate Agents

Norwich and Peterborough Estate Agents

Richardsons Estate Agents

Seekers Telephone: 20044955

Bray Properties

Property World Real Estate

Gibraltar Hotels

Below is a list of hotels in Gibraltar:

Bristol Hotel

10 Cathedral Square, Gibraltar

This Hotel is centrally situated very close to the Gibraltar Museum and to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. All 60 bedrooms with bathroom, provide air-conditioning, hair dryer, refrigerator, telephone, radio, and colour television. A delightful feature is the swimming pool and secluded, walled garden. A friendly service is guaranteed.

Caleta Palace Hotel

Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

The Caleta Hotel, with a spectacular location alongside the Mediterranean, stands on the eastern side of the Rock. The hotel has recently received substantial investment for the refurbishment of the public areas, restaurants, bar, bedrooms and the addition of a new conference centre. The hotel offers 169 rooms, the majority with balcony, featuring either sea or rock view, refurbished bedrooms have spacious bathrooms, satellite colour television, mini bar, hairdryer and ceiling fan.

The hotel prides itself on the cuisine of its two restaurants, Nuno's for a convivial Italian style of eating and al fresco dining, and Bay View with its selection of dishes from traditional English to continental fare feasting. Also during the summer months Argentinean Grill in the garden. Outdoor swimming pool with private access to the beach and village, Piano Catalan Lounge, English Bar and boutique are also available for the hotel guests.

Cannon Hotel

9 Cannon Lane, Gibraltar

The Cannon Hotel can be found right in the heart of the city of Gibraltar. A recently refurbished building in the historical area of town, the hotel is just off Main Street behind the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned. This charming 18 room hotel can provide that extra personal touch to each and every guest.

Continental Hotel

Engineer Lane, Gibraltar

This modern hotel is situated on the junction with Main Street and so is ideal for the overnight visitor who is in town on a shopping spree or on business. With air conditioning, private bathrooms, telephone, and colour television, your stay is guaranteed to be both comfortable and pleasant.

Eliott Hotel

Governor's Parade, Gibraltar

Centrally situated in a tree-lined open area known as Governor's Parade, The Eliott Hotel is the ideal location, offering the style and service to make your stay a memorable one. All rooms, including the Trafalgar Suite, and the Penthouse have individually controlled air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, colour TV and en suite bathroom.

Queens Hotel

Boyd Street, PO Box 99, Gibraltar

Just outside the City Walls overlooking Alameda Grand Parade, but still within walking distance from the city centre, the Queens Hotel enjoys fine views of the Rock and the Bay of Gibraltar. With the Cable Car station on the other side of the Alameda Parade, the Upper Rock is easily accessible too.

Rock Hotel

Europa Road, Gibraltar

Built in 1932 by the Marquis of Bute, the Rock has recently undertaken the major refurbishment of it's accommodation. The hotel now boasts 104 brand new bedrooms including penthouses, suites and junior suites. All rooms are sea facing and have every amenity that the discerning traveller might require. Each room enjoys a hairdryer, trouser press, satellite TV, mini-bar, and facilities for making fresh coffee. The air conditioning is silent and efficient; bath robes are standard, as are ducks in the bath!

Gibraltar Schools

The Department of Education & Training, under the control of the Director of Education & Training, is responsible for the management of education and training. The Director, subject to the directions of the Minister, has a duty to promote the education of the people of Gibraltar generally, to control and direct educational policy, to administer and inspect all schools and to ensure the due administration of the provisions of the Education Act and any subsidiary legislation.

Pre-school Education

The Gibraltar Government provides a number of places in nursery units for children of pre-school age. Current Government provision for pre-school children is catered for by St Paul's Nursery, St Paul's First School and Nursery, St Mary’s First School and Nursery, Governor's Meadow First School and Nursery, St Bernard's Nursery, Notre Dame First School and Nursery and St Joseph’s First School and Nursery. There is also a Nursery attached to St Martin’s Special School.

A number of privately run playgroups and nurseries augment Government provision. There are currently 10 private playgroups/nurseries registered with the Department of Education and Training. These are inspected jointly by the Environmental Agency, City Fire Brigade and the Department of Education and Training to ensure minimum standards of accommodation, numbers on roll and staffing levels.

Primary Education

Primary Education is free, full-time and compulsory for residents between the ages of 4+/7+ (Years R to 3) and in Middle Schools for the 8+/12 age-range (Years 4 to 7). All these schools are co-educational and English is the language of instruction. Spanish is introduced formally in the Middle School (Year 4), although in certain circumstances relating to special needs and work with reception class children, the use of Spanish is not discouraged in first schools. All curricula are governed by the National Curriculum Regulations which is based on the National Curriculum for England. There are specific differences in respect of Spanish and other subjects (including Religious Education) which reflect local realities.

Entry to formal education in the First Schools and the Hebrew Primary School takes place at the commencement of the Autumn Term each year. This is organised in such a way that all children who will attain the age of 5 during the academic year are enrolled at the beginning of the academic year. To ease the transition into schooling, morning sessions only are attended for a period of time. Morning sessions plus afternoon sessions follow this later on during the year. Finally, full attendance for both morning and afternoon sessions follow. Schools are free to determine when and how often children start attending afternoon sessions.

Secondary Education

Secondary Education is free, full-time and compulsory between the ages 12+ and 15+ years. The 11+ selective system came to an end in 1972, with the two single-sex grammar schools, and the four single-sex secondary modern schools merging into the two existing single-sex comprehensive schools. As is the case at Primary level, the secondary curriculum is defined by National Curriculum legislation. In the first two years (Years 8 and 9), both secondary schools offer a broad compulsory curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Science, French or European Studies, Spanish, History, Geography, Art, Music, Religious Education, Physical Education, Design and Technology and Information and Communications Technology. In Years 10 and 11, pupils opt for a number of subjects from a range of disciplines, always keeping to National Curriculum requirements, in order to enable them to study this reduced number in greater detail for public examination purposes. In addition, all pupils take the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science), Religious Education and Physical Education.

Special Education

St Martin's School was opened in September 1976 and essentially caters for a wide range of special needs for children between the ages of 5+ and 16+. A Special Unit for children of First School age was established at Notre Dame School in September 1983. A second unit was established in January 1985 at Bishop Fitzgerald. These units cater for children for whom St Martin’s would be inappropriate but whose special needs cannot be met satisfactorily in the mainstream classroom. Special needs provision at secondary level is enhanced by providing a special unit at each Secondary School. There is also an Alternative Learning Centre at Bayside School which aims to provide support for disaffected pupils.

College of Further Education

The Gibraltar College of Further Education evolved from the Technical School set up in 1949 under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy). The demise of the Royal Navy Technical Colleges as Britain withdrew from its former colonies resulted in a move to localise posts in Gibraltar and this was steadily done from the mid-seventies onwards. The closure of the Royal Navy Dockyard in Gibraltar in 1982 accelerated the localisation process and this was completed in 1985 with the departure of the last RN Principal and the complete transfer of the facility to the Gibraltar Government.

Course Provision

Full-time provision is primarily centred on Intermediate and Advanced Courses in Information Technology, Business and Finance Studies and Built Environment Studies.

Day-release provision in the main leads to NVQ Certificates at Level II and III in such areas as Retailing, Administration, Bricklaying, Plastering, Carpentry and Electronics or BTEC National Certificates in IT, Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering.

An area of rapid growth is that of courses leading to professional qualifications. The College is providing tuition/tutorial support for bodies such as ACCA, ILEX, ICSA, AAT and the Institute of Bankers. There are also a large number of qualifications ranging from GCSE to AS/A levels being offered to full-time students in partnership with the two secondary schools as well as part-time courses in the evenings.

Higher Education

There are no facilities in Gibraltar for full-time higher education, and consequently, all students must study elsewhere at degree or degree-equivalent level and certain non-degree courses.

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