The Union of Barcelos Schools was born on 4 July 2012, due to the unification of Abel Verzim School and Barcelos Secondaryschool.

It is about an Union of schools with an important dimension, with the implantation in an extended area of Barcelos District, in the two banks of the Cávado river, and it gives an educational response to student people from Barcelos  urban area to Póvoa de Varzim and Esposende's  district borderline.

The area of influence of the Union is felt deeply in the communities of Barcelos, Arcozelo, Vila Boa, Vila Fresquinha, Barqueiros, Cristelo, Faria, Fornelos, Gilmonde, Milhazes, Paradela, Vila Seca e Vilar de Figos but it is extended,  through traditional strength previous to hAve been composed,  across for all communities of Barcelos,  in particular those communities set close to Cávado river.

In spite of it is a new Union,  in this first year of existence, the initial configuration already suffered change, due to opening of Gilmonde School Center, which it includes the previous schools of Fornelos, Gilmonde,  and Vila Seca,  and clousing Foria's kindergarten.  These changes,  similarly to a fusion, due to the administrative effects, between Paradela 1° cycle school and Paradela kindergarten, brought the Union to became,  in this school year, from 14 to 9 schools, the total number of organic unity.

Internally,  in addition to the management,  that it is set in Barcelos Secondary School, the Union is organized through 5 coordination of establishment,  that is, the EVEN 2,3 Abel Verzim School, in Vila. Seca.,  Barqueiros School Center, Gilmonde School Center, Milhaze Elementary School and thecoordination of joint of the Estabilishment EB1 of Igreja-Criteria, EB1/JI of Ferreiros-Cristelo and EB1 of Paradela.

Barcelos School Union realized in the last four years, different European projects in the field of Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Individual Mobility of Student, Comenius Assistent and Continuos Training of Teachers.

Our institution coordinates a large number of schools with rich experience in students` training and their career orientation. The education offered in our school includes courses of general secondary education (science and technology, visual arts, the socio-economic sciences and humanities) and professional courses for the  secondary education (Electronics, Automation and Computer Technician auxiliary health ,3D Digital Design Technician), the teachers` staff having an extensive experience in preparing  the students and in their guidance for their future professional path.

 We try to interactively facilitate pupils to discover their own vocation and career development plan. Moreover, one of the basic  services of our school, available to the educational community (parents, pupils, teachers and non-teaching) is the Psychology and Guidance Service, which provide information, support and career counseling. The Internationalization of the Union's students is a strong point of its citizenship and it contributes for the improvement of its development and for the lengthen of its interventation in the world and employment. For the teachers, we recognize the importance of an enduring bringing up to date of them, in this way, it supports the access in the way of the continuous training. In this way we motivate the participation in actions of training, the regularity of seminars and courses of scientific and pedagogical kind which allowed teachers to appreciate professionally and improve their performances. This incentive crosses the national borders because the Union supports the regolarity of the training's actions in the European and International environment, framed up for Erasmus+ Programme. More than 600 mobilities has been already realized inside the Union. We have a wide experience in organization and reception of partners. We believe that through the rich experience in the vocational guidance of our students, through the complex management of the activities of the union of school that form our Union and through the wonderful experience gained in the 600 European mobilities we will bring “ a plus ” to the project " Education for a Career ".