AEV (Agrupamento de Escolas de Vilela) comprehends different levels of compulsory education : Pre-school education (3 years and optional), Basic school – 1st, 2nd, 3rd cycles (9 years) and Secondary school (3 years). In the secondary level we minister general and vocational courses.

The School Group is immersed in a semirural area with a strong industry of furniture located approximately 30 km from Oporto. About 2.400 students attend our schools and the majority, 1.700, in the basic level. We have circa 220 teachers from all areas of expertise, 15 secretary assistants and 65 operational assistants, and also 3 School Psychologists.   We are formed by one main school (Escola Básica e Secundária de Vilela), a Basic and Secondary school ( Escola Básica e Secundária de Rebordosa), three  schools offering 1st cycle of education and kindergarten (Escola Básica de Vilela, Escola Básica n.º1 de rebordosa e Escola Básica da Serrinha) and 1 small school with kindergarten (Jardim de S. Marcos). We have two Structured Teaching Units for the Education of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder .These Unities represent a specialized resource to support SEN children aiming to enable students to acquire specific skills for their better integration into daily and academic life. It is a multidisciplinary team, with active stakeholders, teachers and operational assistants, who intend to take advantage of their structured power to carry out activities oriented towards the achievement of educational objectives of the different areas, leading to the integral formation of the students and awareness of the inclusion and acceptance of difference.

The AEV School Group is part of Paredes municipality in one of the most adverse contexts in the country. These are issues that the school has sought to reverse, and for this reason has established a network of sustained partnerships, both between schools, and with the local authority and various other bodies in the community.   It has good facilities, with some rooms equipped with interactive whiteboards and Internet access in each and every classroom. It belongs to the Network of School Libraries, betting strongly on this resource, fomenting several projects that promote the reading and the writing.

The Training Center Schools Association of the municipalities of Paços de Ferreira, Paredes and Penafiel (CFAEPPP) is headquartered at Vilela High School which is also its legal entity. It is the mission of this CFAE to organize a continuous Training Plan that responds to the Training Plans for teachers and non-staff assistants of the 21 schools that comprise it. Finally, it should be noted that we strongly believe in inclusion and we try to involve and empower all our teachers to meet the increasingly diverse needs of students.