The “Escola Secundária José Saramago–Mafra”, is located in Mafra, a municipality 40kms from Lisbon, where prevailing business-related services and commercial units are evidence of an increase in tertiary services. Over the past years, Mafra has benefited from a considerable growth in terms of its infrastructures, educational, social and cultural achievements and tourism.

Our school, inaugurated in 1970, has a very stable professional staff: 171 teachers and 53 non-teaching staff.

Being the only public secondary school in our municipality, all efforts are made to meet the expectations of its educational community by providing different learning modalities to both youth (age group 14-20) and adults.

1687 students, including those with special needs, attend day classes (a full-time education), in 2 different streams of secondary education namely:

  1. courses, with 1327 students, in the fields of:
    • Science and Technology
    • Languages and Humanities
    • Socio-Economic Sciences
    • Visual Arts

  2. 8 vocational courses in the scope of technicians (360 students) in:
    • Health Services
    • Management
    • Sports Management Assistants
    • Sports
    • Multimedia
    • Restaurant/Bar
    • Tourism

In adult education and training, consisting of 156 students, we maintain a diverse offer promoting not only an increase in the educational level of our population and a degree in different levels of education, but also the inclusion of the population in different contexts.

Our school is provided with modern and well-equipped spaces used not only for practical lessons, but also for different extracurricular activities, namely in Science and Photography laboratories, specific classrooms for Visual Arts and ITC, auditoriums and others, besides support facilities such as the School Library, integrated in the Municipal and National Library Network and services related to Psychology and Career Guidance and to Special Needs Education. There are a number of national and international projects in the field of science and humanities which transversally contribute to the achievement of goals established in both the School’s Education Project and the Municipal Education Project. Furthermore, the teaching staff has been involved in lifelong learning and education projects such as Comenius and Erasmus+ KA1. Project-based learning, at a European level, regarding environmental sustainability at a local, national and global scale will contribute to enhance teaching and learning skills. So, there will be 8 key-teachers from the Departments of Geography; Physics and Chemistry (includes Technology); Maths and Biology who count on the backup of their fellow teachers. Since there is no specific teacher from the Departments of Arts, English and ITC, we count on the global collaborative work of each of these teaching groups. The project coordinator is a Physics and Chemistry teacher while the deputy director teaches ITC. For project activities, we have the full support of the School Library.