The Secondary School

(Ages 11 to 18 years)

The Secondary School is divided into three categories:

  • Key Stage 3 for children aged 11 to 14 years (often referred to as Key Stage 3)
  • Key Stage 4 for children aged 14 to 16 years (often referred to as Key Stage 4)
  • Sixth Form for young adults aged 16 to 18 years (often referred to as Key Stage 5)

The programme throughout the Secondary School is a natural progression from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) followed in the earlier years, and is broadly based on the English National Curriculum.

Key Stage 3
Year 7, 8 and 9
Ages 11 to 14 years

The English National Curriculum has been developed to enable schools in and out of the English to raise education standards and to help their learners:

  • accomplish high standards and make improved progress;
  • enable those not achieving age-related expectations at age 11 (Year 6) to experience success
  • be able to use high-quality personal, learning and thinking skills
  • become independent learners;
  • be able to use high-quality functional skills
  • be challenged to achieve their potential
  • have increased commitment and enjoyment of learning.

The academic programme for Years 7 – 9 at ISP is based on the English National Curriculum but is not restricted by its limitations. Our curriculum provides students with a challenging, meaningful and enjoyable programme of study. Laying a strong foundation of skills, knowledge and habits is crucial to success in Key Stage 4 and beyond. Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 provides this excellent foundation for further study through well-planned, informative, innovative and creative lessons set in an international and local context.

The programme consists of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Music, Drama and PE. In addition to this, students select two Modern Foreign Languages from Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. French is also an option for students in Year 9. Weekly Community Outreach and Life Skills (COALS) sessions enable students to successfully master the ISP Core Habits and Learning Skills, develop excellent character and positively contribute to the local community. All subjects are taught by highly qualified subject specialists who make full use of our state-of-the-art facilities.

Learning is enhanced by the inclusion of up to date technology in lessons. All students have an iPad and internet access throughout the school. Technology is incorporated across all subjects to help prepare students for life in the digital world in which we live.

Key Stage 3 students are constantly developing a strong foundation to guarantee success during the IGCSE years. Students are taught in an environment where risk-taking, independence, critical thinking and teamwork are highly promoted. It is these key attributes, along with the rest of our Core Values and Learning Habits, that provide our students with the best possible foundation for Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Key Stage 4
Year 10 and 11
Ages 14 to 16 years

At ISP the essence of the Key Stage 4 curriculum is the balance between a curriculum that offers breadth and that of student choice. We firmly believe in encouraging all to follow their passions and that enjoyment of a subject fosters success.

Although we recognise the importance of excellent grades, they are only part of what makes a successful student. At ISP we value the individual and treat everyone accordingly. We strive to enable all students to find their given talent and to pursue their passions to fulfill the potential they all possess. Every student at ISP will experience success.

We teach the statutory Key Stage 4 subjects of Maths, English (Either 1st Language and Literature or 2nd Language), Science (Coordinated Sciences or Separate Sciences), Mathematics, Non-curriculum PE and COALS.

In order to develop their higher order thinking skills all students are encouraged to be creative and demonstrate a higher level of independence through the curriculum and co-curricular activities; these are vital skills to enable success in the 21st century.

To ensure academic breadth, there is a requirement to study at least one modern foreign language to IGCSE. We also continue with a Form Tutor period and, from Year 10, we offer The International Award alongside many leadership opportunities.

Four IGCSE Option blocks are also offered and cover the IGCSE subjects below:

Additional Mathematics
French
Physical Education
Art
Geography
Psychology
Bahasa Malaysia
History
Spanish
Business Studies
ICT
Design & Technology
Mandarin MFL
Drama
Mandarin Second Language
Economics
Music


Students are examined either by final external examination, coursework or a combination of the two. We currently use Cambridge International examinations to direct the delivery of our IGCSE curriculum.

Sixth Form
(Key Stage 5 Ages 16 to 18 years)

In the ISP Sixth Form all of our students study for AS and A levels across a broad range of subjects. We teach the International A Level with CIE and A Levels with AQA. Alongside our A levels, still the gold standard in school age academic achievement, we also offer the AQA Baccalaureate.

The Baccalaureate ensures students maintain a breadth to their knowledge through an additional AS subject studied in Year 13. It also offers students the opportunity to be rewarded for community, conservation, personal and work-related learning through its Enrichment scheme.

Perhaps, however, the most valuable part of the Baccalaureate is the Extended Project Qualification which teaches highly valued and much sought after independent research and study skills. It gives students the chance to exploit individual interests and strengths and can be a deciding factor in university applications. We believe our curriculum strikes a positive balance between the demands of academic studies and the development of a well rounded individual. Everything we do is focused on enhancing the prospects of our students.

Tutor groups in the Sixth Form are small in comparison to those found in earlier years. All tutors work closely with the Head of Sixth Form and have a vital role to play overseeing a student’s academic and personal progress. Specific lessons are dedicated to such matters as study skills, time management, relevant personal, social and current issues and, as time goes on, the process of applying for Higher Education or employment.
Overall, the curriculum in the ISP Sixth Form ensures that all of our students have the opportunity to maximise their potential, leaving ISP as confident, articulate, successful young people ready to make their mark on the world.

The Subjects

The following AS and A Levels are offered in the Sixth Form:

Art
English Literature
Music
Biology
Geography
Physical Education
Business Studies
History
Physics
Chemistry
ICT
Psychology
3D Design
Mathematics
Spanish
Drama
Mandarin MFL
Economics
Mandarin Second Language


The majority of our students study 4 AS subjects in Year 12 and take three of these subjects through to A level in Year 13. We are, however, responsive to the needs of individuals and each student’s timetable is discussed and finalised only after careful consideration of particular strengths and interests.

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