The campus in Serrano was in high demand and could not accommodate the number of new students applying for admission. As planned, and only a few months after the first graduating class, in October 1967, San Patricio opened its new high school in El Soto de la Moraleja. It was the first school in Madrid to open its doors in this new neighbourhood. The decision was made that the Serrano campus would focus on Nursery and Primary while Secondary students would progress to the new school in El Soto.
The architecture of the new centre was designed taking into account the regulations of the Spanish Ministry of Education, who did not permit co-educational teaching. Thus, a double school was built – within the same building – with clearly defined male and female pavilions, independent class schedules, separate playgrounds and two distinct Technical Management departments.
Shortly afterwards, an educational revolution took place in Spain, and the Basic General Education (BGE) was implemented in 1970. The 4th-grade examination disappeared, along with the corresponding “Elementary Baccalaureate” title, which was replaced with “School Graduate”, which as granted to students at the end of the BGE (eight years). It was the step before the new Baccalaureate, the Unified Polyvalent Baccalaureate (the UPB). The introduction of the General Education Act forced the school to reorganise: new students and those of the first Baccalaureate year become the students of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades of the BGE. From the class of 75-76, with the implementation of the UPB, the School generalised coeducation in all areas of school life. This innovation was not surprising for the students of San Patricio, since the school supported friendship and mutual knowledge between boys and girls since its inception, through frequent extracurricular activities programmed outside the classroom, cultural visits, excursions and through daily connection in the cafeteria, at certain “recess” times and on the school transport routes.
These were times of profound changes in Spain, both politically and socially, and undoubtedly influenced the education of teenagers who were experiencing moving to a new educational system as well as a significant political transition.
The diversity of changes in the new educational legislation proved confusing for many teachers, students and publishers, who lacked guidance on the matter. San Patricio decided to remain faithful to its pedagogical beliefs, incorporating the positive and relevant aspects of the new Law and integrating them in its personalised learning system.