Curriculum

The Secondary School Curriculum delivered at HeadStart is the Cambridge International Examinations Curriculum for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and IGCSE. This curriculum offers quality, complexity, diversity and an internationally renowned standard of high attainment. Each subject is taught by highly qualified and experienced subject specialists who are not only experts in their chosen fields but are also knowledgeable and skilled educators and are able to reflect and adapt to the differing needs of each developing individual under our care.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme

The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme is a framework for increasing educational success for students in Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3). It has been adopted at HeadStart International School since 2010.

This programme builds on the primary key stages, and develops student’s knowledge and skills in Mathematics, English and Science. The Lower Secondary Programme also provides us with a means of tracking student progress through the lower Secondary phase, with an integrated package of teaching, learning and assessment materials.

At the end of Years 7 and 8 students take the Progression Tests in Mathematics, English and Science. These are designed to allow teachers and parents to follow the progress of their students over time and analyse performance within their classes and against an external benchmark. These Progression Tests lead on from the CIPP tests for Years 3, 4, 5, and 6.

At the end of Lower Secondary (Year 9), students sit Cambridge Checkpoint tests which provide detailed feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses in the Core Subjects of English, Maths and Science before they move into the Key Stage 4 and start their IGCSEs. It also provides a fair assessment of how well an individual student will do in the IGCSE examinations for the stated subjects.

Leveling and Exams

UK Thailand America Key Stages Examinations
Pre School Kindergarten Nursery Foundation  
Early Years Anuban 1 Kindergarten 1    
Reception A.2 Kindergarten 2    
Year 1 A.3 Kindergarten 3 Primary (KS1) End of Year Tests
Year 2 P.1 Grade 1   End of Year Tests
Year 3 P.2 Grade 2   Cambridge Progression Tests
Year 4 P.3 Grade 3 Primary (KS2) Cambridge Progression Tests
Year 5 P.4 Grade 4   Cambridge Progression Tests
Year 6 P.5 Grade 5   Checkpoint Exams
Year 7 P.6 Grade 6   Cambridge Progression Tests
Year 8 M.1 Grade 7 Secondary (KS3) Cambridge Progression Tests
Year 9 M.2 Grade 8   Checkpoint Exams
Year 10 M.3 Grade 9 Secondary (KS4) IGCSE
Year 11 M.4 Grade 10    
Year 12 M.5 Grade 11 Secondary (KS5) AS Levels
Year 13 M.6 Grade 12   A Levels

The subjects offered and taught throughout Key Stage 3 are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
  • Design Technology
  • PE (Physical Education)
  • RE (Religious Education)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Thai
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education)

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

The Secondary school curriculum at HeadStart International School is anchored by the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), an external examination programme designed for 14 to 16 year olds (Years 10 & 11) and based upon the National Curriculum of England.

The IGCSE at HeadStart provides a broad programme of study in areas such as languages, social studies, science, mathematics and vocational subjects. In each subject there is a balance between practical and theoretical knowledge but the emphasis in almost all subjects is skills related to that subject.

The curriculum is designed so that students can use examples related to their own experiences and residence. The nature of the programme is such that students of different abilities can follow it. Furthermore it is designed for students whose first language may not be English.

Students sit examinations at the end of the IGCSE course, usually in year 11. These examinations are marked by experienced external examiners appointed by CIE (Cambridge International Examinations).

IGCSE is recognised internationally and it is evidence of ability to academics and employers throughout the world. The programme prepares students for further academic courses which would be followed in years 12 and 13 at school. CIE is a division of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate which in turn is part of the University of Cambridge. UCLES has developed and promoted qualifications at a variety of levels for at least 150 years.

The subjects taught and offered throughout Key Stage 4 up to IGCSE are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
  • Design Technology
  • Business Studies
  • PE (Physical Education)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Thai
  • Mandarin
  • French

As a fully licensed and accredited Cambridge centre any Cambridge IGCSE examinations can be sat here at HeadStart including subjects that are not offered in our curriculum.

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