Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum of England. In accordance with the philosophy of Cambridge International Examinations we aim to stimulate students’ minds, as well as to encourage them to push beyond perceived traditional academic boundaries.
Cambridge IGCSE examinations
HeadStart school provides Cambridge IGCSE examinations. It is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14 – 16 year olds. It develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation for their next steps in education, including progression to the Cambridge International A/AS Levels. Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by universities and employers worldwide. Year 11 students sit their IGCSE examinations at HeadStart school during May and June.
In years 12 and 13, HeadStart students study for, and sit AS level and A level examinations.
Cambridge Checkpoint tests are for use at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. (End of Year 9) This means we would test our Year 9 students in April of each year.
The tests are marked by Cambridge and provide schools with an external international benchmark for student performance. Cambridge Checkpoint enables feedback to be provided on a learner’s strengths and weaknesses in key curriculum areas.
Feedback of this kind is an invaluable source of information. We will be able to make strategic decisions, drawing upon a pool of information and specialist reporting tools built into Cambridge Checkpoint.
Learners receive a Statement of Achievement which gives an indication of their academic progress during this education stage.
Cambridge Checkpoint tests are available in English, Mathematics and Science and can be offered at two sessions during the year. The tests cover all major areas of learning required in the first years of an international secondary education.
Consultation, Assessment and Reporting
Conferences are scheduled for Terms One and Three and allow parents, students and teachers to formally discuss progress, effort, attitudes and skills of the student.
Homeroom teachers will contact parents with conference appointment details.
In Term Two there is a consultation for parents of Year 11 and 13 students.
Parents are encouraged to contact homeroom teachers to schedule meetings when they have any concern regarding their child’s progress. Teachers may also initiate parent meetings whenever they see serious problems developing in a student’s attitude, work habit or work products. Problems should not be left until the next scheduled parent conference to be resolved.