Strengthening their early foundations in learning
Secondary Years consist of Key Stages 3 and 4 of the British Curriculum modified to meet the needs of international students. Key Stage 3 is taught from Year 7 to 9 (ages 11 to 14) and Key Stage 4 from Year 10 to 11 (ages 14 to 16). Key Stage 3 teaching consists of the same areas of study in Key Stage 2. At the end of Year 9, students retain the core subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science. Additional subjects are then selected by the students to complete their individual programme of study.
This programme will form the basis of their studies for Key Stage 4 where they will be prepared for the IGCSE (International General Certificate in Secondary Education) examination at the end of Year 11. Following the IGCSE, students will select three or four subjects for Advanced Level Study. This two-year course prepares students for AS level examinations (at the end of Year 12) and A Level examinations (at the end of Year 13).
Students in Year 7 take part in two external assessments: the National Curriculum Tests (NC Tests) or SATs by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, and the International Students' Assessment (ISA) by the Australian Council for Educational Research. These external assessments help ascertain strengths and weaknesses and monitor the progress RC students are making.
The Secondary School day starts at 8:00 am with the school assembly. Snack is served around 9:30 am and lunch at noon. The students go home after a second snack at 2:20 pm or stay for after-school activities.