The Upper Secondary school is for students from 15 years old to 18 years old, covering the final two stages of schooling (Key Stage 4 and 5) over Years 10 to 13.
Students will study their course, the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) in Year 10 and 11, the AS Level courses in Year 12 and the A Level courses in Year 13. These courses have externally marked formal examinations by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), BIS being a registered examinations centre. As an additional option BIS offers an American High School Diploma, through Nebraska-Lincoln University to students in Years 12 and 13. Students will graduate from the school at the end of Year 13 and go on to study at university.
The curriculum, based on the British National Curriculum, is delivered by subject specialist teachers and covers a wide range of topics. In Years 10 and 11 most subjects are compulsory, though students do have a few choices. In general, they will study Maths, English, a minimum of 2 out of Biology/Chemistry/Physics, ICT or Computing, one Modern Foreign Language (French/German/Spanish), and some, but all from Art, Business, Geography, History. In addition, PE is compulsory at this stage.
Students in Year 12 who are following the British curriculum path of As and A Levels will choose from a wide range of subjects, normally four (maximum five) in Year 12, and three (maximum four) in Year 13.
In addition, students have an extra-curricular activity lesson. The most popular activity is the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, which we offer from Bronze through to Gold Level.
As well as day trips during the year as and when a class teacher thinks it suitable, once a year there is a four to five-day long trip to a foreign country as a Study Tour.
Parent’s receive information about how their child is developing through progress reports each half-term and longer reports at Christmas and in Summer. Twice a year there are Parent Meeting evenings, as well as parents being able to arrange to see a member of senior management or the class teacher throughout the academic year.
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