A seamless development of Primary provision, Secondary teaching and learning follows the English National Curriculum. Organised into three Key stages; Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) affords wide-ranging subject experience with a broad curriculum, Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16) leads to International GCSE qualifications, and Key Stage 5 (ages 16-18) leads to International AS and A2 qualifications.
Specialist teaching resources are complimented by rigorous pastoral support. Progression from one key stage to another involves increased specialization to prepare individuals for successful work-place and university entrance.
In their first steps toward adolescence; Years 7-9 (KS3) students move around the campus having all lessons taught by specialist teachers in subject-dedicated teaching rooms. Their studies include a broad and balanced range of 14 different subject disciplines that give the breadth of experience individuals need to make informed decisions about more specialist routes they will wish to follow in later years. Students are constantly encouraged to be inquisitive independent thinkers and life-long-learners that are ready to take responsibility for the necessary risks they will experience on their individual learning journeys.
From age 14 -16 years, Years 10 & 11, students have their first opportunity to specialize and reduce the number of subjects they study. Most will aim to take a total of 9 or 10 globally recognised IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) qualifications. In order to matriculate their choices should include 5 Core Subjects (Maths, English, a Science, an IT based subject, and a Modern Foreign Language). These are then complimented by up to 5 additional subjects chosen from both those previously experienced during their time in Key Stage 3 and a small number of new subjects.
Years 12 and 13, age 16-18 years, are the final two years of study prior to graduation and entry as young adults into university or full-time work. The pinnacle of school experience requires more specialisation. Most will choose 4-5 Advanced (A level) subjects, studying all at AS level in Year 12 and then further choosing their best 3-4 subjects for A2 studies in Year 13. Passes in examinations contribute to a point total that informs University & Career choices. Graduates from The ABC International School typically go on to attend the very best universities in the world.