Students enter Secondary aged 11 and remain until they move on to Sixth Form at the age of 16. There are two key stages (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4) in which pupils study a wide range of subjects. They continue to be immersed in English and to develop their fluency in both English and Spanish.
From age 11 to 13, pupils experience the full range of subjects in the English national curriculum, which is broad and balanced.
Pupils also study subjects from the Spanish curriculum: Spanish Language, Social Sciences, Valenciano and Mathematics. If international students do not have a high enough level of Spanish to study the Spanish curriculum subjects, they follow an intensive programme to raise their level of Spanish as a foreign language.
From age 14 to 16, students have some choice in the subjects they take, allowing them to focus on the subject areas in which they have the greatest confidence and interest.
All students take:
Students choose 3 from:
Pupils also study subjects from the Spanish curriculum: Spanish Language, Social Sciences, Valenciano and Mathematics. At the end of Year 11, students usually take IGCSEs in 8 subjects. IGCSEs are international examinations, which are widely recognised as evidence of educational achievement. In Spain, IGCSEs are regarded as having equivalent value to Spanish qualifications and they satisfy the entry requirements to follow a bachillerato programme within the Spanish system.
At the end of Year 11, students’ results can be recognised by the Spanish authorities and, if they meet requirements, they receive the Graduado en Educación Secundaria Obligatoria.
The English national curriculum gives clear objectives for knowledge, understanding and skills. We expect students to apply what they have learned, rather than simply recall and regurgitate facts. By encountering a range of educational activities, students gain an understanding of how their knowledge relates to real-world situations and contexts. We also encourage students to deepen their understanding by making links across topic areas. As they progress through the school, pupils revisit core concepts at greater depth and complexity. For this reason, they are able to retrieve their knowledge with increasing assurance. This results in better long-term understanding and the development of higher order thinking skills. Staff continually track students' progress, using a variety of methods. Teachers consider how students complete activities in class, including written work, practical experiments and projects. They also ensure students are aware of their progress and what steps they must take to continue improving their grasp of each subject.
Students develop fluency in English, Spanish and other languages through their speaking, listening, reading and writing. During lessons, students may work individually, in pairs, or collaboratively in groups. We coach them to develop skills, so they can work with others, be part of a team and help each other to learn. International exchanges and links also give students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the wider world and increase their intercultural skills.
Students learn best when they actively participate in their learning and, for this reason, we push them to be creative and analytical in their thinking. Teachers create an environment in which students not only gain knowledge, but also use critical-thinking skills to question and understand concepts and solve problems.
We encourage students to flourish by taking responsibility for their actions and by reflecting on their conduct. We reinforce positive attitudes and we stress the importance of respectful and thoughtful behaviour. We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying. We help our students develop a sense of community and the confidence to believe they can make a positive difference in the world.
Ready for the future
We aim to inspire all our students to develop independent learning skills, so they can recognise their strengths and develop their talents. We support them in choosing the optimal subjects for study during their last two years of Secondary, thus ensuring they can maximise their opportunities for future study and work.