As an English school overseas we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales, although we are in the enviable position of being able to adapt it to our particular needs. For example, we choose not to teach Religious Education, thus making space for more languages and specialist lessons in the Primary school: PE, Computing, Music, Spanish French and Mandarin. A vital component to support the learning journey that takes place across the Key Stages is student attendance. Students must attend at least a minimum of 95% of school days.
The move from Primary to Lower Secondary is a significant one. In an eight lesson day students have to move around the campus and be much more organised with their belongings and independent in their learning. There are 13 different subjects taught in Years 7 and 8, increasing to 14 in Year 9 when the sciences are separated.
At the beginning of the academic year students in Year 7 and Year 9 will sit the CAT 4 GL Assessment. The feedback from this helps us to plan and support students learning.
The foundations of learning are now firmly set as students take on a programme of 10 externally examined (I)GCSE subjects: five compulsory (English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Spanish and PE) plus five from a selection of subject options: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, French, German, Art, Drama, Music, Business Studies and Latin. This two year period is crucial as the grades gained at the end of Year 11 have a significant impact on A-level choices and university admissions.
Usually those students that have gained entry into Sixth Form, study 4 subjects in Year 12 (AS level) and 3 in Year 13 (A level). Students also continue with PE and embark on our renowned Horizons Programme in Year 12 in order to learn and develop interests/skills beyond the curriculum, these include debating and public speaking . In addition they work towards obtaining the EIC Horizon Diploma.
Year 13 all make university applications, most, though not exclusively, to UK universities supported by experienced tutors and Sixth Form staff.
Throughout both Primary and Secondary, learning is enhanced by experiences beyond the classroom including day trips to local venues and residential trips worldwide.