Expatriate pupils entering the international elementary school follow a provision modelled on Key Stages 1 and 2 of the English National Curriculum. At both stages, some instruction is delivered in Mandarin, allowing pupils to gain valuable language skills and reflecting the school’s location in China.
In Key Stage 1, the curriculum focuses on the strands of literacy, numeracy, science, technology, history, geography, art, music and physical education. In addition, learning is built around cross-curricular themes in a similar fashion to the kindergarten experience.
At Key Stage 2, information and communication technology is added, as well as personal, social and health education (PSHE), which will be sensitively designed to reflect the cultural mix of pupils.
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.
In Year 9, 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
- Mathematics will be compulsory.
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). Other subjects on offer include design technology and ICT. All Key Stage 4 pupils have physical education classes plus PSHE.
Students commence A-level courses following completion of their IGCSE programme.