Italy / Piazzola sul Brenta

Rolando da Piazzola is a state secondary high school located in Piazzola sul Brenta, a small town of about 10,000 inhabitants in the province of Padova, in the north-east of Italy. There are about 750 students aged 14-18 attending years from 1 to 5 of the upper secondary school. The students’ curriculum changes according to their study areas which are mainly three: students of the technical area, whose majors are economy and foreign languages. When they graduate they can enrol in university or find a job in administrative roles. Students attending Liceo, a general academic course whose main areas of studying are science and maths. After completing this five-year course, most of the students will enrol in University. Finally, we have the vocational department with students specialising in social services. When they end their 5-year course if they do not want to continue studying they will look for jobs as social workers helping the elderly and the young.

Work-related learning: agreements between school and local enterprises allow students of the technical and vocational area to have regular training experience at working sites within the school curriculum. Students of the academic area are encouraged to take part in a working internship during the school year or during the summer

Intercultural profile: exchanges with European schools, European financed project, language courses in England and working training abroad are opportunies offered to students

Robotics: the students of the academic courses have been recently involved in robotics projects and take part in national competitions.

Sports: Students from all areas are involved in sports activities within the curricular work and also in extra curricular activities. School teams take part in regional competitions in five a side, volleyball, basketball, handball, track and field. Our most important result is a bronze medal in the l female national ive-a-side tournament


The students who come to our school mostly live in town or in the surrounding villages. They mostly choose the school as it is conveniently served by public transport. All social classes are present and about 8% of the pupils are immigrants who have settled recently and found jobs in the area. Students with special needs and disabilities are integrated in the system and they are supported by specialised teachers.

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