Cambridge Examinations

Starting from grade 3 in their Primary School education, our pupils are given the possibility of certifying their level of English with the University of Cambridge examinations. The English Language syllabus adopted at all teaching levels is developed in such a way so as to prepare all our students for the different levels of these exams, considered essential tools for their future.

All students at St. Peter’s have the opportunity to acquire the various examination certificates. The first tests taken are Starters, Movers and Flyers, followed by the Cambridge English: Key (KET) and Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET), the Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam, which is taken by the majority of our pupils in grade 9, and finally the more advanced levels, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) exams, taken in Secondary School.

With the protocol established with the British Council, and as an examinations centre, St. Peter’s International School also receives candidates from other language school in the Setúbal region, allowing them to take the KET, PET and FCE examinations on our premises.


University of Cambridge

The primary reason for including Latin in our syllabus at St. Peter’s International School was the need to help our students reflect on the Portuguese language, promoting more structured thinking, enhancing communicative competence and carrying out an analysis that promotes relationships between cultures and knowledge.

With the protocol established between St. Peter’s International School and the Cambridge School Classics Project from the University of Cambridge, the school provides its students with access to an international certification in Latin, in which they are subject to an external test, according to the level of each student in the language and following internal assessment carried out by the teachers.


Confucius Institute

With the recent increase in the importance of Mandarin, St. Peter’s International School has chosen to offer an extracurricular activity in Mandarin to provide an opportunity for all of our students to gain another valuable qualification for their future. As such, our students can now certify their level of Mandarin with the Confucius Institute, which is part of the University of Lisbon, by enrolling through our school for this certification.


Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

This protocol celebrated between the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and St Peter’s International School aims to establish the conditions under which students undertaking the Master’s degree in English Language Teaching in Primary School at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, will be able to have Supervised Teaching Practice at our school.


DELE - Spanish Diploma

The partnership established with the Cervantes Institute makes St. Peter’s International School the only Examinations Centre south of the River Tagus where the DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) exams are held. Students who attend St. Peter’s International School together with candidates from other regions may undergo the various levels of these examinations on our premises.

Our students are prepared by our teachers for the Beginner (A1/A2), Intermediate (B1/B2) and Advanced (C1) levels of the DELE exams with extra-curricular lessons for students from the Lower and Upper Intermediate and Secondary School levels.


Goethe Institut

In collaboration with the Goethe Institut, at St. Peter’s International School we aim to offer our students the opportunity to acquire and consolidate important language skills as well as obtain a qualification which is vital for their academic and professional future.The Goethe Institut examinations correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, starting with Level A1 for beginners until Level C2+ for proficient users or near native speakers. The Goethe Institut exams are also recognised all over the world.


IB - International Baccalaurate

St. Peter’s International School – An IB World School

From September 2015, St. Peter’s International School offers our Secondary School students the opportunity to carry out the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. After having received official authorisation from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), granting us the title of IB World School, our school is now one of the seven IB World Schools in Portugal, making us part of this international educational community.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme that prepares students from the age of 16 to 19 for success at university and life beyond. It is structured in such a way that develops the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.

The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. It is the IB’s objective to provide students with values, opportunities and experiences that will enable students to contribute to the global community.


Felician College

This protocol, which is unique in Portugal, allows our students to have direct access to the various degree courses offered by the American College, from the areas of Science and Technology, to the Arts and Foreign Languages.

With this protocol, students graduating from St. Peter’s International School will be received as US students, attending the same courses and residing within the college campus, as native students would do.

It will certainly be a unique opportunity for our finalists who will benefit from the opportunity to enrol in a college in the United States.


ABRSM & Rockschool

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is the main international music assessment entity, evaluating about 600,000 candidates in over 85 countries worldwide each year. The ABRSM has over 120 years of experience in music education, and protocols with four prestigious music schools in the UK, known as the Royal Schools of Music: The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

The ABRSM offers a syllabus from the 8th grade in music (instrument and musical training), certification of advanced skills (higher education courses) in Education, Performance or direction.



St. Peter’s International School established a partnership with Diversey based on a sustainable development strategy common to both organisations. The school’s aim is to improve the quality control of our food services, thus reinforcing our mission to implement procedures that guarantee the development of our work with fundamental values which include respect for others and for the environment.

St. Peter’s International School is the first teaching establishment in the country to receive this award for ‘safe food handling’. Diversey ensures hygiene, as well as monitoring the nutritional level in the preparation of monthly menus that combine tasty and healthy food.



The High Commissioner for Migration (ACM) and the General Directorate of Education (DGE) held the Intercultural School Seal (SEI), ceremony at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon. In this 3rd edition of the initiative, 24 schools were distinguished for their active role in promoting cultural and linguistic diversity.

In all, 36 schools from across the country applied and 24 were selected. Out of these 8 were distinguished at the intermediate level and 16 were awarded at the initiation level. Present at the event were various representatives from some of the educational establishments honoured for their practices in promoting interculturalism, having received a certificate as well as a digital stamp which conferred this distinction.

From this moment, and for 2 consecutive school years, this distinctive stamp will appear on all of the schools documents. These schools now have as their mission to enforce the award: ‘This certification was carefully deliberated by the jury members and all these schools will now have the responsibility to honour this distinctive seal in order to also inspire other schools’ as stated the Deputy Director-General of Education, Eulália Alexander, who attended the ceremony who also gave out some of the certificates.

To honour the occasion with their presence were several dignitaries including the High Commissioner for Migration, Pedro Calado, accompanied by the Chief of Office of the Deputy Secretary of State of the Chief Minister and Regional Development Minister, Jorge Silva Martins, the Secretary of State’s representative of Primary and Secondary Education, Pedro Cunha, President of the National Council of the Aga Khan Foundation – Portugal, Sikander Jamal, and by the President of the National Council the Ismaili Community, Amirali Bhanji.

Founded in 2011, this is a joint initiative between the ACM and the DGE, in close collaboration with the Aga Kahn Foundation – Portugal, with the aim of distinguishing and publicly recognizing public, private or cooperative educational establishments, which through their educational projects and practices, actively promote the recognition and appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity as an opportunity and a source of learning.

‘We live in times of migration.’

The High Commissioner was keen to highlight the growing importance that young immigrant students have in the Portuguese schools, ‘we live in times of migration and are here to prepare a future that is already here. This is a good example of good intercultural practices, but we must further strengthen the ability to work together with differences ‘

Pedro Calado also stressed the importance of moving towards a new competence of ‘intercultural literacy’, in which schools have a leading role.

The ‘experience of an encounter with others’ and ‘respect for other cultures’ were aspects highlighted by the representative of the Deputy Minister for Regional Development. ‘This initiative promotes learning that prepares us for a more open view of the world and that can inspire other schools’ he added.

‘Recognition of Cultural Diversity’

The President of the National Council Ismaili Community highlighted the valuable contribution of all practices that fight for ‘social awareness for cultural diversity.’ ‘Plural societies are the product of an education inspired by the recognition of diversity. In this 3rd edition of the SEI, the applicant schools, each in its own way, sought to work actively in this field’, stated Amirali Bhanji.

The representative of the Secretary of State for Primary and Secondary Education did not fail to praise the ‘rigor and sustainability’ that the Aga Khan Foundation has offered to this initiative. Pedro Cunha also highlighted the urgent need to fight for a future that accepts differences, ‘we have to escape prejudice’ and ‘judgment on religious and ethnic communities.’

Similarly, Sikander Jamal added: ‘This is a way overcoming prejudice and attitude, enhancing social awareness, openness and a sense of belonging. We sense that schools are striving for respect among all!’ praised the representative from the Aga Khan.

Fight against ‘multicultural illiteracy’

The Coordinator of the Escola Superior de Educação de Setúbal (ESSE), Luis Souta, made an engaging speech advocating greater training for the ‘discovery of others, for the acceptance of differences’ against the ‘multicultural illiteracy’ which is still very common in our society.

In celebration of multiculturalism, the ceremony also included two musical performances, from the Escola de Música de Orfeão de Leiria, and the other by a duet performing traditional Georgian music.


The application process took place between November and January, with analysis and evaluation occurring during the month of February. The process included completion of a Guide for Intercultural Education Practices Assessment, carried out by the applicant schools to SEI. This guide is intended as a checklist and a training tool for promoting education as it contemplates some of the challenges, opening a path to new perspectives and approaches in concerning cultural diversity, offering a more critical view of the intervention in a multicultural context.

The jury was composed of two representatives from each of the institutions involved, namely DGE, ACM and FAK Portugal.


Hospital da Luz

St. Peter’s International School is proud to be a partner with such an entity as Hospital da Luz, with which this strategic partnership benefits both employees and students.

This partnership allows the employees from the different branches of Hospital da Luz to benefit from specific conditions regarding the admission of their children, but also allows our students access to a set of educational initiatives carried out throughout the school year, such as the Health Olympics carried out in previous years.

As partners in the mission to do more and do better for young people and teenagers, the two entities now also share families and a location: St. Peter’s International School.

Contact us for more information regarding registration and admissions.