Academic subjects

Academic Areas of Knowledge

We firmly believe in a holistic, balanced and broad education for sustainable development which is further enhanced by our provileged learning environment. Sustainability, cultural cooperation and respectful, lasting and rewarding relationships are placed at the centre of our educational philosophy and approach.
Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking are highly valued both inside and outside the classroom.

Arts

The Arts are a critical part of any good curriculum and allow for students to express themselves in ways in which they may not always be able to do in other subject areas. Strength of personality and individuality are aspects of a child's character that we believe should be developed as early as possible. Music is taught by a specialist teacher from Year 2 onwards. Art is on the curriculum from the very start of Early Years and is taught by a specialist teacher from Year 7 onwards. Drama is an important part of any English curriculum and is then available, along with Art and Music at GCSE and beyond for those that wish to learn about the subject in more depth. All three areas are also available through a wide range of extra curricular activities at lunchtime and after school.

Humanities

You only need to watch our school video to realise what a wonderful environment our school is in. We are surrounded by a whole host of natural wonders and environmentally important locations. Any university, anywhere in the world will be happy to accept Geography and History as part of a students portfolio. These facilitating subjects are considered some of the most useful a student can study. Other Humanities subjects such as Politics and Business are also very widely accepted, especially for courses in related fields. It is important at both GCSE and IBDP that students choose at least one Humanities subject to ensure a broad subject base.

Languages

Spanish is taught to all students from Early Years until the end of Year 11. All Spanish students will also study catalan over that same period of time. French is introduced to all students in year 3 and of course english is the language of instruction. When mother tongues are added, It is therefore not unusual for our students to speak three or four languages fluently by the time they reach 6th form. Our teachers are experts in their fields, all mother tongue and with huge experience.

STEM

Science is taught throughout the school and then by specialist teachers to students in the secondary school. All students study science at IGCSE and IBDP. Our teachers are experts in their fields and we have a practical approach to learning so wherever possible students will learn through doing experiments. This hands on approach allows students to explore scientific theories and discover for themselves what is written in the text books.

All secondary students have a google Chromebook which is especially good for collaborative learning and the sharing of ideas. We use Google Classroom as our online learning platform.


Secondary - Key Stage 3
Years 7, 8 and 9

Art and Design

Art and Design is an exciting mix of practical creative skills, investigation into other artist’s work and the development of analytical skills. It is a project based subject, which includes research, experimentation into media, ideas development and final outcomes. Throughout the year, students will be taught both experimental media and techniques, and more traditional, technical drawing and observation skills.

Art and Design is an amazing subject for developing necessary life skills. Students work in a safe environment where they are encouraged to try, experiment and learn from mistakes. They develop skills in problem solving, creative thinking, perseverance, decision making and communication. The art room is a wonderful space for learning and growth. 


Secondary - Key Stage 4
Years 10 and 11 - GCSE

Core Subjects

ENGLISH

At Key Stage 4, TWO English specifications are taught simultaneously over the two years:

Students studying English Language A will enhance their ability to read and understand a variety of English texts. This will entail becoming proficient at selecting and interpreting information, ideas and perspectives, as well as analysing how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve effect. Furthermore, a great deal of attention is paid to honing students' writing skills, the aim being to communicate effectively and imaginatively, adapting one's form, tone and register for specific purposes and audiences. 

In English Literature, students embark on the study of entire literary works and prescribed poems. TThe aim for the students is to be able to demonstrate a close knowledge and understanding of these texts, to adopt and maintain a critical style, and to present an informed personal engagement when writing about them. Additionally, students are expected to explore links between texts, and to show an understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.  


Optional Subjects

Information and Communication Technology

The iGCSE in ICT would suit anyone with an interest and a willingness to explore and learn more about computers, technology and the digital world. This course would suit learners who wish to have a balance of theoretical and practical work.

The aims of the course: 

  • Developing confident and competent ICT users – This qualification provides students with the opportunity to operate confidently in today’s digital world. It is a useful, practical qualification which will provide skills needed in further education and work.
  • Providing students with relevant and transferable skills – Students will learn about topics ranging from digital devices and connectivity, safe and responsible practice, and understand the impact of the internet on the way that organisations do business. They will also be encouraged to practice using software applications effectively.