Our Secondary School curriculum supports the way teenagers learn. Specifically designed around the needs of the developing adolescent brain, our teaching pedagogy and combination of subjects ensure that we provide challenging, engaging, connected learning that Secondary School students find relevant and inspiring.
The education offered in the Secondary School builds on the students' previous learning and knowledge from their Primary Years. At Key Stage 3, a bespoke concept-based curriculum designed with the English National Curriculum in mind allows students to establish links between their subjects and understand how what they learn in the classroom connects with their present and future life. At the same time, students understand how to transfer skills learned in one subject to another subject. The objective is to learn from the best approaches and curricula available internationally, and take what suits our students most. All subjects are taught by a team of specialists who are passionate about their area of learning. Our Key Stage 3 students sit the MAP tests in English, Maths and Science, which provides incredible insight into progress from one term to the next. Such experience allows them to progressively build their confidence and skills, and train them to perform for the IGCSEs at the end of Year 11 and then onto AS and A Levels at the end of Year 13.
Form Tutors have the important pastoral role of coordinating all aspects of the students' academic and social development. The Form Tutor adopts a holistic approach and discusses themes such as global citizenship and health education. At NAISAK, our expectations of our students are high - all participate in the learning process and each student's contribution to the school is valued. Being fully committed to display our High Five values is a constant and consistent expectation. University and career guidance is offered to ensure that students understand the exciting opportunities that lie ahead of them, but also the hard work that is needed to make the most of them.
Not all skills are learned in a classroom, though. NAISAK successfully launched a few years ago the International Award. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a world-wide recognised and celebrated initiative that promotes commitment, development and awareness of one’s responsibilities as a world citizen. Students are also encouraged to be actively involved in the Global Campus challenges, which cover a wide range of subjects, but support the strengthening of key skills such as collaboration, self-regulation and perseverance, and offer a world-wide platform of discussions. Our luckiest students get to travel to Boston every Spring and sharpen their STEAM skills at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the world’s most renowned scientists. A smaller number of even luckier students are selected to attend the United Nations assembly in New York and make their voice heard every year in July. Model United Nations is also an extra-curricular activity offered to our students to widen their horizon and ability to understand, appreciate and contribute to the world that surrounds them.
Having the ability to become a well-informed, positive, constructive, active world citizen is key to impacting on the future!
Our supportive learning environment
At NAISAK, we pride ourselves on offering the best learning environment possible, inside and outside of the classrooms, within our vibrant context. Our brand-new semi-Olympic swimming pool and our five world-class Science labs are the physical symbols of the ambitions we have for our students and the standard we set for all.