Secondary Curriculum

THE CURRICULUM

The school follows the National Curriculum for England and Wales in the English speaking subjects. In Y10 and Y11 pupils follow programmes of study prepared for the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) syllabuses. Pupils also follow the essential requirements of the Spanish curriculum by learning Spanish at the most advanced level they can and studying Spanish History and Geography once they have reached Intermediate Level in Spanish.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The school is an approved examining centre for CIE (Cambridge International Examinations ) and Edexcel for IGCSE and A Levels.

During Y10 and Y11 all pupils study towards 10 IGCSEs from: English, English Literature, Spanish, French or Drama, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Double Award Science, IT, PE or Music or Art. In addition, pupils can choose to study IGCSE Geography or IGCSE History or they can opt to study Geography/History in Spanish.  At the end of Y11 pupils may take their IGCSEs and successful students receive a Statement of Studies, converted into the Graduate in Secondary Education Certificate (El Certificado de Graduado en Educación Secundaria). To qualify for this certificate, in Y11 a student must 1) have passed Spanish and Geography/History courses and 2) have achieved an average of a pass in all other subjects. 

As part of the English as a second language programme of studies students can prepare for the Cambridge University suite of exams, the First Certificate in English (FCE), the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) and the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

 

TIMETABLE for Y8 to Y11

Six periods per day, 09.15 to 16.45 Breaks are supervised by staff.

 

Subject

Periods in Y8 and   Y9

English

5

Citizenship

1

Drama

1

Maths

4

Science

3

ICT

1

Spanish

4 or 7 depending on level

Spanish Geography/History

3 or 0   - depending on level

Physical Education

2

Art

1

French  or Chinese

2

Music

1

Geography

1

History

1

 

Subject

Periods in Y10

Periods in Y11

English

5

5

Maths

4

4

ICT

2

2

Spanish

4

4

IGCSE His or Geog   or Spanish Geography/History

3

 

3

Core PE

1

1

PE or Art or Music

3

2

Biology/Chemistry/Physics

6

6

French or Drama

2

3

 

Spanish and Geography & History follow the course programmes established by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Other subjects follow the British National Curriculum and, except for foreign languages, are taught in English. All pupils study the third language options in Y8 and Y9.