Our pupils follow an academic programme based on the British National Curriculum from Early Years to Year 11, (FS1 to Grade 10) studying a broad range of International GCSEs, examined at age 16 in Year 11, accredited by the Cambridge and London University Exam Boards.
Thereafter students study for the prestigious International Baccalaureate qualification, post 16, following either the Diploma or Careers programmes. The latter qualification is available through a BTEC qualification for both Business and Physical Education. At the senior school, the academic programme is organised into three terms. In Years 7-9 (Grades 6-8), pupils are taught core subjects (Maths, English, Science) in ability groups and non-core subjects in mixed ability groups.
At the end of Year 9 (Grade 8), students choose their IGCSE options and follow these over a two year period. At the end of Year 11, pupils are awarded their IGCSE certificates and those achieving a minimum of 6 passes at grade 6 are invited to join the sixth form to follow the IB Diploma or Careers Programme. For students opting to follow the IB Careers pathway a minimum of 6 passes at grade 4 or better are required.
The International Baccalaureate is intellectually rigorous, demanding that pupils not only attain high academic standards but also that students fully participate in out of class activities through the Creativity Action Service (CAS) aspect of the Diploma. In addition, students study a course in the Theory of Knowledge [TOK] and complete a 4000 word Extended Essay. Through these courses pupils develop the knowledge of how to learn and positively challenge their perspectives of the world from a variety of differing viewpoints.
The key aspects of the Learner Profile are that all learners need to become:
- Risk takers