Secondary Curriculum

The Secondary School provides a broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but modified for our international context.

In addition to a comprehensive pastoral programme, all students undertake a number of Leadership, Enterprise, Global Citizenship and Service (LEGS) projects each year, delivered through the House system. All students also attend assembly, usually once a week.

In Years 7 to 11, the core subjects of English, Maths and Science are taught to all students. PE is also taken twice a week.

In Years 7 to 9, students study one foreign language, chosen from Arabic, French or Spanish, and this language will continue to be studied to IGCSE level in Years 10 and 11. All students also study Computer Science, History, Geography, Food & Nutrition, Art, Drama, Music, Global Citizenship and Physical Education.

In Years 10 and 11, in addition to the core subjects, PE, Global Citizenship and one language, students have the opportunity to opt for three subjects that are also followed to (I)GCSE over two years.

These are examined by Edexcel or Cambridge International Exams, and currently include: separate Sciences (3 (I)GCSEs); Geography; History; Business Studies; Computer Science; French; Spanish; Arabic; Art; Drama; Music; Food and Nutrition; and PE.

In Years 12 and 13, students have the opportunity to choose four subjects to study up to ‘AS’ level (1 year), the full ‘A’ level (2 years), or BTEC level 3 (1 or 2 years). There is also an intermediate BTEC Level 2 programme (1 year) for students who undertake further studies after (I)GCSE before embarking on a level 3 programme.

The subjects available to year 12 and 13 students include: Maths; English Literature; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; ICT; Business Studies; Economics; Psychology; Arabic; French; Drama; Art & Design; History; Geography; BTEC IT; BTEC Travel and Tourism; and BTEC Business.

The subjects available on the intermediate programme are: (I)GCSE English; (I)GCSE Maths; and BTEC level 2 in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Business and IT.

Year 12 and 13 students all take part in a fitness programme, and Year 12 students follow an enrichment programme further to prepare them for university and college entries.

In our pursuit of #themonalisaeffect and a truly personalised learning experience, we aim for a flexible and organic curriculum, and, wherever possible, it evolves with, is built around and directed by the skills and interests of each class and cohort*. Should you wish to know more about what your child is studying at any particular time, please contact the relevant Head of Faculty.

Please find below details of our curriculum at Key Stage 3, and at Key Stages 4 and 5. Should you wish to know more about what your child is studying at any particular time, please contact the relevant Head of Faculty.