School History

Our History


El Limonar International School Villamartín is the result of the expansion of the very first El Limonar School, founded in Murcia in 1990, to the Torrevieja area.


From 1998 to 2004, the founding owners ran a small school near Los Balcones.


These first premises soon became too small to meet demand for a larger student roll and our purpose-built site at Villamartín opened its doors to 240 pupils of 18 nationalities on 11th September 2004, a scorching hot day as some of us will remember.


ELIS Villamartín is acquired by the leading international school’s group Cognita, with 70 schools in Europe, America and Asia.


Proud of 15 years of history, with more than 500 students and 60 teaching staff members.

The Academic Year 2014-2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of El Limonar International School in Murcia and the 10th anniversary of the opening of El Limonar International School Villamartín.

So what was different about Villamartín in 2004? There were only 2 floors! The basement floor was fitted out in September 2005 so until then there were no science labs, ICT suite, kitchens or dining room. Classes only went up to Year 9 (Secondary 2), so everyone wore uniform and there was no Common Room. In fact, the A Level classrooms weren’t built until some years later. There were no external examinations – these began in 2008. Just 26 teachers worked with us and there was 1 person in the school office. This compares with a current staff body of over 75, 60 of whom are teaching staff!

An important milestone in the school’s history was its acquisition by international school’s group Cognita in 2008. As time has swiftly moved on the school has consolidated and enriched its educational and extracurricular programme at the same speed. The school is inspected and accredited by NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain), follows the National Curriculum for England and Wales with compulsory Spanish language and culture lessons throughout, offers IGCSE and A-Level examinations and places students in their first choice universities year after year.