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The Father Piquer Formation Centre is located in the Ventilla neighbourhood, in the northern area of Madrid, at the foot of the big skyscrapers that make visible the differences between the north and south of our society and our cities. Fifty years after its creation, the Mission for which it was created remains the most important point of view: to serve each and every one of its students, regardless of their socioeconomic context, their origin, culture, religion, colour or gender.

Father Piquer is a school that reflects the diversity of the world. More than 1,000 students from 37 nationalities and eight religions attend the course of ESO, Baccalaureate and Professional Training, demonstrating to the world every day the richness of intercultural and inter-religious diversity. Its multi-tasking cooperative classrooms, its reception rooms for students who do not know Spanish, as well as its projects and added values in Professional Training give its students the possibility to dream of a dignified future regardless of their social situation and context.

Above and beyond the particularities that its context confers on it, the Father Piquer Formation Centre shares the objective of many other Jesuit educational centres: to ensure that its students become well-trained persons academically and in values, and at the service of others. To this end, it offers a comprehensive education, based on the principles of inclusive education and equal opportunities for all its students, with emphasis on personal attention and the continuous training of its teachers. At present it is a modern centre, with avant-garde educational projects and very sensitive to the European dimension of training. In recent years, Father Piquer has been recognized by a large number of institutions as one of the most relevant centres in Spain and the world for his projects of innovation and educational inclusion.

The centre owes its name to the secular priest Francisco Piquer y Rudilla, founder of Monte de Piedad de Madrid (now MonteMadrid Foundation). His eagerness at the beginning of the 18th century to help so many people improve their situation is today a beautiful update in Madrid, when every morning Father Piquer's doors open.

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