Students entering Secondary and following a British curriculum pathway study KS3 in a condensed 2 year programme, followed by IGCSEs in Years 9 and 10, and A Levels in Years 11 and 12. As with Primary, the National Curriculum of England forms the framework upon which we design our learning programme. In addition, students study the Egyptian Ministry of Education's curriculum in Arabic language, religion and social studies.
Success for our students requires knowing about learning and how it works. Students must develop critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills to succeed in our fluid, interconnected and complex world. We offer traditional academic subjects as well as Expressive Arts which help develop students' sense of identity. We provide a blended learning environment combining traditional methods and e-learning. Global Perspectives is embedded throughout our Key Stage 3 curriculum, enabling learners to appreciate and value local, national and global culture. Students embark on their IGCSE courses in Key Stage 4 and choose 6 optional courses after being guided through the 'Plan 4 Grad' process in Year 8. For our Gifted and Talented students there is an opportunity to take an addtional two subjects, PE and Global perspectives. Key Stage 5, Years 11 and 12 students follow personalised AS and A2 pathways, the change in curriculum reflecting an emphasis in preparing students for top universities. We empower our students to have a say in the life of the school, contribute to society and be confident, independent young leaders who are able to make informed choices regarding their futures.
Assessment is a continuous process and summative and formative assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning. Assessment is used to set high expectations of all our students, to celebrate achievement and to inform parents and teachers of the next steps to inform learning. Our assessment and reporting system include: ongoing assessment which includes questioning, dialogue, observation and the use of information to give a deeper appreciation of what pupils know and understand, thie skills and capabilities, and what their learning experiences enable them to do. Success criteria are discussed with students during lessons and work is assessed against the criteria, student work is reviewed by student, peers and teaching staff. Formal Examinations take place twice a year for students in Years 7-9. Students sit IGCSE /GCSEs at the end of Year 10 and Advanced Supplementary Level and A Levels in Years 11 and 12.
Students also sit Cognitive Abilities tests in Years 8 and 10 to aid teacher planning.
Year 9 students take Cambridge International Checkpoint Diagnostic Tests in English, Maths and Science.