Sotogrande International School

Founded in 1978, Sotogrande International School (SIS) is a leading International Baccalaureate (IB) day and boarding school with over 1000 students across 50 nationalities, located in Southern Spain. The school inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding, promoting education as a force for good in the world.


SIS joined the Inspired Education group of schools in May 2018. 


It offers the following programmes:

  • Fundamentals (4 months-3 years)
  • Primary Years (PYP 3-11)
  • Middle Years (MYP 12-16)
  • Diploma (16-18)
  • Elite Sports Programme A levels (14-18)


SIS provides a challenging, nurturing and academically rigorous international education. Throughout the IB programmes, teachers aim to combine academic excellence with extraordinary educational experiences. By embracing the creative use of technology and authentic service experiences, students are encouraged to think independently and critically, developing their own unique interests, gifts and talents.


SIS is an inclusive school; the three IB Programmes (PYP, MYP and DP) are supported by a professional support team who can cater to the needs of students with a range of specific learning differences. Inclusive education involves responding positively to each student’s unique learning profile, including students with Asperger and diverse learning needs.


Marie-Pierre Joffre

Role: Learning support specialist



Marie-Pierre is a trained psychologist who has worked in various international schools on the Costa del Sol (Spain) supporting students with special educational needs. She created Asperger Support Spain in 2015 to provide personalised support for students with Asperger syndrome and has been working since in Sotogrande International School as an Autism (ASD) specialist.

Marie-Pierre is a behavioural and learning professional who provides in-class support. She works one to one with students to provide a safe environment that allows for their sensory differences, while promoting emotional regulation, social/communication skills and academic learning.

Marie-Pierre also works closely with teachers to raise autism awareness and provide the knowledge and tools required to foster the right environment for Asperger students. She also acts as a link between students, parents and the school.

As well as a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the Open University (UK), she holds a Master in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Aix-en-Provence (France).

Marie-Pierre is a strong advocate for neurodiversity and an inclusive education. Her aim is to help Asperger students feel safe, make the most of their strengths and reach their full potential in school- and outside.

Marie-Pierre speaks English, Spanish and French.