Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) we deliver a balanced programme based on the English National Curriculum. Students study English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Drama, Art, Computing, Music and PE. In addition, students choose to study at least one Modern Foreign Language.
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.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), students are able to choose subjects from a broad range of options in more depth. Our courses are provided by Cambridge University International Examinations Board (CIE) and Edexcel Examinations Board. This two-year programme is globally recognised to be one of the best academically rigorous programmes for this age range and enables pupils to gain formally recognised IGCSE qualifications as a result.
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 ISM will typically earn IGCSEs in 9 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.
In Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13), students study in even greater depth. By completing A-Level courses accredited by CIE and Edexcel our pupils are being prepared for entry to some of the best universities in the world.
In the Sixth Form we will also start working with the students and parents, helping with university entrance applications and suggesting aspects of both academic and personal development on which to focus.
The school places a great emphasis upon a diverse co-curricular programme, which offers students sporting, musical, house and academic opportunities.
Students are offered a variety of options to further enrich their learning that may include outdoor education and challenge, water sports, community and charity projects, leadership events, house competitions, and further pursuits in the sports and arts.