Regardless of a child’s age or Key Stage, we focus on values. Pupils in our international school are taught about the importance of community, friendship, doing their best for themselves and others, and caring for their environment. This helps ensure that they work together supportively and look out for one another.
Expatriate pupils or children holding foreign passports can enter the international elementary school from six years old and up. Many will choose to come directly after graduating from our kindergarten, but we understand that our local community is constantly changing and therefore have entry points in every year group. Parents can simply apply online and school staff will arrange a tour of the campus to show them the facilities and answer questions. The below information about the school is brief as we like to share additional information in person as much as possible.
Students entering in Grades 1-5 follow a curriculum modelled on Key Stages 1 and 2 of the English National Curriculum. This is centred on literacy and maths, as research shows that these are the cornerstones to a successful education. Pupils also study science and topic (a combination of geography and history), while the school also has specialist teaching in expressive arts and physical education. We mix the best of both western and eastern teaching practise and encourage students to fully embrace their local culture. All students in the school study Chinese to a level differentiated for their ability.
International Secondary School
As pupils progress to Key Stage 3, they enter the international secondary school where they will continue to study the English National Curriculum with the addition of Mandarin. We also increase the amount of specialist teaching to ensure that students are stretched and challenged by experts in their subjects.
In Year 10, pupils choose subjects to study at IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) level. The following subjects are compulsory:
- English as a first or second language
- Mandarin as a second language
In addition, students select at least two from three science subjects (physics, chemistry or biology) and a further three subjects, one of which should be a humanity (geography, history or economics) and one an aesthetic (music, art or drama). Students commence A-level courses following the completion of their IGCSE programme.
When students leave us they will have the academic qualifications to succeed in the next stage of their education, the skills to make the best of their abilities, and friendships that we hope will last a lifetime. If you would like to find out more please apply online and get in touch with us.