At secondary, during Year 7 – 9 all students will study a core curriculum consisting of English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic, French, PE, History, Geography, Art, Social Studies and Religion. In Year 9, all students will have the opportunity to sit for the internationally recognized Checkpoint examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. These examinations offer an excellent, external international measurement by which you can track your son/daughter’s progress.
In Year 10 students will progress to IGCSE where they will study four compulsory subjects: English, Mathematics, Arabic and Religion and four optional subjects chosen from a wide range of Sciences, Humanities and business subjects. Students normally sit these important examinations in Year 11 however students who show exceptional ability will have the opportunity to join an accelerated group, beginning in Year 9 and sitting IGCSE in Year 10. At present Cambridge English School, Hawally offers acceleration in English, Mathematics, Physics and Arabic.
In Year 12, students progress to AS Level and have the opportunity to choose from a wide number of subject choices. They may also choose to consolidate their IGCSE grades in Year 12.
Cambridge English School also provides additional support to students who may have weak English skills by providing support through our Learning Support Department.
Assessment and Reporting in Secondary
At secondary, all students receive regular assessments. When students enter at Year 7 they are assessed for numeracy and literacy skills to enable effective target setting and lesson differentiation in order to cater for all our students as individuals. During the course of the school year students will receive three Student Progress Information assessments for each half term as well as two formal assessment reports which follow our bi-annual examination cycle in December and May. So in total, parents and students will have the opportunity to track student learning five times a year.
Assessment is based on the learning outcomes of the English National Curriculum and Cambridge IGCSE/AS criteria. Reports will also contain targets for each subject which students will be expected to achieve at the end of each academic year.