A brief history of the school
Morna Valley School was founded in 1973 by Mary Blackstad,
her family of five children and various neighbours. As the
school grew, the majority of its students were children of
the hippies that were flooding into Ibiza at that time. In
order to cater for their interests the school curriculum
included subjects like Pottery and Chinese Calligraphy.
Mary Blackstad retired in the early nineteen eighties and
the school was taken over by John and Helen Tunks who,
according to rumour, bought it for just one peseta. At this
time the school grew to around ninety students.
In 1992 the school, which was encountering serious financial
difficulties , was bought by Helen Davenport who built the
student numbers up to around 160 before deciding to move the
entire school from its original location in San Carlos to
the current Santa Gertrudis site and, for the first time,
into purpose built premises.
The school opened in September 2004 in its new location and
the name Morna Valley School was replaced by Morna
Since moving to Santa Gertrudis, the school has seen
continual growth and development. In 2007 it was purchased
by new owners from the UK and has benefitted from
substantial further investments in teaching staff,
educational resources, and development of the site itself.