Secondary

Pupils enter secondary aged 11 and remain until they enter sixth form aged 16. There are two key stages where pupils study a wide range of subjects. They continue to be immersed in English and to develop their fluency in both English and Spanish.

Year 7 to 9

The Curriculum

From age 11 to 13, pupils experience a broad and balanced curriculum with the full range of the English National Curriculum subjects.

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Global Perspectives
  • Computing
  • Art
  • Music and Drama
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education

Pupils also study subjects from the Spanish curriculum: Spanish Language and Social Sciences.

International students who do not have a high enough level of Spanish to follow the Spanish subjects follow an intensive programme to raise their level of Spanish as a foreign language.

Year 10 to 11

The Curriculum

From age 14 to 16, students have some choice in the subjects that they take, so that they can focus on what they are interested and confident in.

All students take:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education

Students choose 3 from:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies

Pupils also study subjects from the Spanish curriculum: Spanish Language and Social Sciences.

At the end of Year 11, students usually take IGCSEs in 8 subjects. IGCSEs are international examinations widely recognised as evidence of educational achievement and provide convalidation of studies with the Spanish system.

Spanish curriculum

At the end of Year 11, students’ results can be recognised by the Spanish authorities and, if they meet requirements, they receive the Graduado en Educación Secundaria Obligatoria.

The Methodology

The English curriculum gives clear objectives for knowledge, understanding and skills. Students learn to apply knowledge, not simply to learn, remember and recall. By using a range of different activities, they understand how knowledge relates to a variety of contexts and real-world situations. They are encouraged to make links across topic areas, deepening their understanding. Core concepts are revisited in greater depth and complexity as pupils progress through the school. This encourages retrieval of knowledge and better long term understanding with the ability to develop higher order thinking skills.

Students’ progress is continually tracked by teachers, using a variety of methods. They look at how students complete activities in class, written work, practical experiments and projects among others. Students know how they are doing and what they need to do to continue learning.

IEP Students

Confident communicators

Students develop fluency in English, Spanish and another language through speaking, listening, reading and writing in those languages. During lessons, students may work individually, in pairs or collaboratively in groups. They are encouraged to develop skills in working with others, being part of a team and in helping each other to learn. International exchanges and links give students the opportunity to increase their intercultural skills and experiences.

Independent thinkers

Students learn best when they actively participate in their learning and are encouraged to be creative and analytical in their thinking. Teachers create an environment in which students not only gain knowledge, but are involved in problem solving and using critical thinking skills to question and understand concepts.

Socially responsible

Students are encouraged to flourish through reflection and taking responsibility for their actions. We reinforce positive attitudes and stress the importance of respectful and thoughtful behaviour. We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying. We help our students develop a sense of community and the confidence to believe they can make a difference in the world.

Ready for the future

Students are increasingly encouraged to develop their independent learning skills, so that they can recognise their strengths and develop their talents. They are given support to choose the subjects that they will take in the last two years of secondary, thinking ahead to future study and work opportunities.

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The English School of Asturias is a part of International Education Partnership

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