Secondary School - Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Key Stage 4 students following the National Curriculum of England and Wales will commence a 2 year programme of study which results in externally set and marked examinations known as International General Certificates in Secondary Education, or more easily remembered as IGCSEs.
At BSB we have been accredited by 2 examination bodies, Cambridge International Examination (CIE) and Edexcel. Both of these organisations are internationally recognised and provide a range of examinations at both Key Stage 4 and 5.
Students are offered a broad range of subjects to follow. Compulsory subjects include Maths, English, PSHCE, PE, one Science and one Modern Foreign Language (MFL) and it is also highly recommended that students choose either History or Geography. In addition to this we offer a range of other subject options that students can select from including Business Studies, ICT, Drama, Design Technology, Music and Art.
Information on all the courses offered at Key Stage 4 can be found in the Options Booklet.
The programme of study is two years and culminates in examinations in each of the subjects chosen. Students are awarded grades ranging from A* - G, though grades between A* - C are generally regarded as passing grades. IGCSEs are pathways forward for students wanting to progress to the next level. These qualifications will enable them to seek employment, progress to further education at school or college, or begin Advanced Level examination courses (AS/A2). The Advanced Level courses will allow students to progress to university where they will be able to work towards degree qualifications. In order to be accepted on to AS/A2 subjects, students would normally be expected to achieve 5 IGCSE subjects at grades A* - C, ideally having achieved grade B in any subject they may wish to pursue at AS/A2.
Assessment and target setting
Students are assessed throughout Key Stage 4 via essays, written work, verbal participation, unit tests, projects, presentations and of course examination style questions.
Regular feedback provides indicators for both students and teachers of where the student is currently at and what they need to aim for. They are able to set targets for improvement.
In May of Year 10, students will sit end of year examinations and the results of these help inform teachers of individual progress in preparation for the following year. In Year 11 students will sit their mock examinations in January and the results of these examinations will give an indication of what students are likely to achieve in the final examinations in May/June. The mock results show where a student is at and what they need to do to improve upon their current level.
Students receive a grade card report each half term and full written reports in December and June.
Several evenings are arranged over the course of the academic year whereby parents have the opportunity to meet teachers.
The Secondary School holds several information evenings regarding transition, IGCSE options, and Post 16 education. There are also consultation evenings in November, February and May as well as an additional evening after examinations have been completed should there be specific concerns. Over and above this, parents are welcome to meet with teachers to discuss their child's progress at any time throughout the year, though we do ask you make an appointment through the office.
KS4 entry dates
Year 10 entry for children aged 14 by 31st August
Year 11 entry for children aged 15 by 31st August
The international nature of our students may mean relocation and a change of school may take place at some point during their education. Our advice to parents and students is to try not to move schools once they have started their Key Stage 4 and/or Key Stage 5 studies. Often other international schools, and even those who do offer the National Curriculum, will offer different subject options, use other examination boards, or will not necessarily teach a course in the same order, which may result in repetition or gaps in teaching the content. Keeping students within a Key Stage or enrolling them in another school that offers the England and Wales National Curriculum will help reduce any conflict in continuity that may occur. Continuity during a Key Stage will give the students the best opportunity for success.
We want to give every student the best opportunity to succeed in their chosen course of study.