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Secondary School

We currently offer Secondary education from Year 7 to Year 9 (Key Stage 3) and Year 10 (Key Stage 4). Additional years up to Year 13 will be added annually as a natural progression in the school's development. 

The academic programme is based on the English National Curriculum, but is not bound by its constraints. Instead, we apply the most appropriate elements and enhance the curriculum where necessary to provide an innovative, challenging and creative programme. This is crucial in laying the foundation of core knowledge, skills and understanding required to embark on the Key Stage 4 IGCSE programme. Lessons and materials are adapted to our international and local context.

Secondary students

Key Stage 3

Students study English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Drama, Music, Art, Graphic Design, Digital Technology and PE. In addition they choose to study two Modern Foreign Languages from a choice of three.

Where appropriate, instruction is enquiry based and geared towards problem solving. Each subject is taught by a specialist in that subject.

The opportunities for independent learning increase throughout Key Stage 3. Pupils are encouraged to assess their own work and to learn to formulate their own next learning steps. Pupils are encouraged to think critically and take risks in the classroom in order to develop problem-solving skills, for we believe that making mistakes is a vital part of the learning process. 

Project work is an essential component both individually and in groups. There is also a range of opportunities for pupils to pursue their areas of interest in greater depth both in school and through relevant enrichment experiences beyond the classroom.

All pupils in Key Stage 3 participate in our Confident Speakers Programme, and will speak publicly at least once per year: this could be an assembly, a presentation to school visitors, or at a Parents' Forum.

Learning is supported by up-to-date technology. Every pupil is provided with a MacBook and Internet access is available throughout the school campus. Lessons incorporate technology where appropriate, and rely on more traditional media where technology does not provide a clear benefit.

Key Stage 4

The two-year IGCSE programme, offered by the Cambridge board, is academically rigorous, and recognised to be amongst the best in the world for this age range of students. Many of the subjects have specific international elements and content, developed by specialists to make the subject matter relevant to students worldwide.

Every IGCSE student at NAIS Manila takes English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science (​as a combined Science), Geography, History, ICT, Chinese, Music, Drama, Art and PE.

The choice of subjects is an important one, both in order to build on pupils' strengths and interests and with a view to a future career. The school provides pupils (and parents) with plenty of information in advance about options to ensure choices are well informed.

Students at NAIS Manila will typically earn IGCSEs in nine or 10 subjects, a number that allows them to be well prepared for the next stage of education whilst leaving time to continue to develop other interests.

Whilst the programmes of study are structured around the IGCSE curriculum, teaching and learning continues to emphasise the development of pupils' general academic and intellectual skills. Learning remains enquiry based and focused on problem solving. Pupils are expected to become increasingly independent in their learning as they broaden and deepen their knowledge in each subject.​