Key Stage 3: Year 7 to Year 8
As an all-through school, DCIS is able to make our students' transitions through each year smooth. In Year 7, students join our Secondary School, having already experienced what life in Secondary is like through a number of transition events held throughout Year 6.
The English National Curriculum forms the basis for the content of our challenging program of study. It builds on prior learning and prepares your child to explore in greater depth the concepts, processes and skills of specific subjects.
Our Secondary School is a blend of practical experience and experimentation, books, discussions, lectures and technology, allowing students to learn at a rapid pace. Our curriculum offers a thematic approach to education, within curriculum areas, that brings learning to life for our students. The program offers a lively and motivational approach which ensures that our students love coming to school every day and helps them to develop greater confidence in their learning and its relevance to their world.
Regular reports to parents provide reassurance and maintains the link between school and home. All subjects are taught by specialist subject teachers, making use of an extensive range of science laboratories, computer rooms, music suites and other specialist classrooms. Technology supports and engages the learning.
The Secondary School years are a particularly important time in your child's life. We know that these years are significant for influencing the crucial decisions your child will make about their future and the role that they will play in the world. We work closely with every student and their families, to provide the personal guidance and support needed to ensure a successful transition as they progress through the school. Through the Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCE) education, our students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
Key Stage 4: Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11
In Years 9, 10 and 11 our students work towards the iGCSE exams. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (iGCSE) is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading colleges, universities and employers worldwide. The iGCSE offers an international passport to progression and success and prepares our students for the last step of their education. Results are consistently above the UK national average, reflecting excellent achievements for our diverse cohort.
The school operates a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy for students in Secondary School to ensure technology is seamlessly embedded into the learning experience in all curriculum areas.