Lower Secondary

Key Stage 3 is the term used to categorise the first three years of Secondary schooling – English National Curriculum Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Students in Key Stage 3 are usually aged 12 to 14 years old.

The purpose of Key Stage 3 is to develop a wide range of skills, knowledge, understanding and personal attitudes needed to prepare students to choose their IGCSE programme of study at the end of Year 9. It also prepares students for the more independent styles study required for the highest levels of success in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint tests are taken near the end of Year 9 in English or English as a Second Language, Mathematics and Science. These tests are marked by Cambridge examiners to provide a benchmark of learner performance. Learners receive a statement of achievement and diagnostic feedback reports showing how a learner has performed in relation to the curriculum, their learning group, the whole school, and all learners who have taken tests in that series around the world.

The Cambridge Curriculum at Key Stage 3 builds on KS2 in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Physical Education and Swimming, Art, ICT, Personal Social and Relationships Education, Music and Drama, Bahasa and Mandarin, Local History, and Agama Islamiya for Muslim children. Partnership with parents continues to be essential, and we ensure parents are kept well-informed of their children’s progress throughout the school term.

We welcome and appreciate parental involvement in a student’s learning and school life, and we also encourage teamwork between teachers at different levels to make the progression from Key Stage 3 to IGCSE study a smooth one.

Health, fitness, and sporting competition are emphasized. Outdoor adventurous training and leadership skills, ecology and environmentalism play a continuing role in the development of our students as global citizens and community leaders of the future.