Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 programme runs from Year 7 to Year 9. The academic programme is based on the English National Curriculum, but is not bound by its constraints. Instead, we apply the most appropriate elements and enhance the curriculum where necessary to provide an innovative, challenging and creative programme that is crucial in laying the foundation of core knowledge, skills and understanding required to embark on the Key Stage 4 IGCSE programme. Lessons and materials are adapted to our international and local context.

Every student studies English, Mathematics, Russian, Science, Computing, Geography, History, Drama, Music, Art, and Physical Education. Pupils can also opt to learn French or Spanish. Where appropriate, instruction is enquiry-based and geared towards problem solving. Each subject is taught by a specialist of that subject area.

The opportunities for independent learning increase throughout Key Stage 3. Pupils are encouraged to assess their own work and to learn to formulate their own next learning steps. Pupils are encouraged to think critically and take risks in the classroom in order to develop problem-solving skills, for we believe that making mistakes is a vital part of the learning process. Project work is an essential component both individually and in groups. There is also a range of opportunities for pupils to pursue their areas of interest in greater depth both in school and through relevant enrichment experiences beyond the classroom.

Learning is supported by up-to-date technology. Every pupil is provided with a MacBook and Internet access is available throughout the school campus. Lessons incorporate technology where appropriate, and rely on more traditional media where technology does not provide a clear benefit.