Origin and History - Generational Change

The end of the 20th Century and generational change

Origen e Historia The 90s were characterised by two important circumstances in the recent history of San Patricio. On the one hand, a new Education Law, the LOGSE, was approved. On the other, a generational change was initiated in the Governing Board, Management and structure of the School in general, and in each Centre in particular.

1990 brought substantial change to the Spanish education system. The LOGSE (General Organisation of the Education System Act) was approved, which organised the education in Spain into four fundamental stages, Pre-school Education, Primary Education, Obligatory Secondary Education and the Baccalaureate. For this reason, the School was forced to restructure its organisation according to the new Law, leaving the 2nd cycle of Pre-school Education (ages 3 to 6) and the entire Primary Education (ages 6 to 12) in the Serrano and La Moraleja centres; and the Obligatory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate in the El Soto centre. This Law was implemented progressively between 1991 and 2002.

As with the Law of 1970, neither teachers nor publishers nor students were sufficiently prepared to successfully face such a profound change. Proof of this was the need to introduce successive amendments, either in terms of implementation periods, the application itself, as well as the substantial content of the LOGSE, which finally culminated in its repeal, after little more than ten years of validity, and despite the modifications made to improve its effectiveness. The repeal of the LOGSE in favour of the LOCE (Organic Act on the Quality of Education) and the subsequent repeal of that law in favour of LOE (Organic Law of Education) characterised a period of constantly changing laws.

As in previous occasions, San Patricio School managed to adapt to the permanent legislative demands of recent years, defending its autonomy as a fully independent School, and managing to remain faithful to its educational model, designing and permanently updating its own curricular projects and maintaining an academic level of renowned prestige.

In the last decade of the 20th century, various internal events had special implications for the history of San Patricio School. While the generational transfer had been perfectly designed beforehand, beginning several years earlier, the disappearance of Mr Gabriel Castellano, marked, as could not be otherwise, a before and after in St. Patrick’s history. Especially when it coincided, in a short space of time, with the retirement of very emblematic people from the Institution, and with other important personal losses closely associated with the School. But the foundations were strong and the generational renewal was as consistent, quiet and successful as planned. All this contributed to the transformation of not only the buildings, but also the make up of San Patricio, with the addition of new professionals and internal promotion of proven individuals to positions of maximum confidence and responsibility. A complete institutional reorganisation, the creation of a modern and efficient management structure, and a strong involvement in corporate social responsibility have been achieved with immense success.

In this sense, in 1999, the "San Patricio Foundation" was created in order to develop educational programmes that improve the training of teachers and students. It also had the aim of being a permanent link between all people related to the Institution: former students, emeritus teachers, parents and other collaborators; in short, it aimed to make the fruits and the experience of almost half a century of activity available to the school community in particular, and to society in general.