The Secondary School

The Secondary School starts in Year 7 (Grade 6) and currently finishes at Reach British School in Year 11 (Grade 10). Our Year 12 (Grade 11) classes will open in September 2019. Years 12 and 13 are not a compulsory stage of education within the British system, although for students wishing to pursue university study, completion of A-levels or a recognized equivalent is essential.


Key Stage 3 – Year 7 to Year 9

At KS3 students are required to study the core subjects: Maths, Science and English and the following foundation subjects: Art, Physical Education, History, Geography, a Modern Foreign Language (MFL), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which is taught twice per week. The government provides teachers with curriculum guidance for Arabic Language, Islamic Studies and Social Studies UAE. These programs of study include the knowledge, skills and understanding a student is expected to acquire in this key stage. They all provide the necessary foundational skills and knowledge so that students enter Key Stage 4 with the best foundations for success.

In Key Stage 3, as in all previous key stages, teachers assess students using levels. The level a student receives at the end of KS3 (Year 9) for each subject area, provides the teacher, student and parents with a clear indication of what grade a student is likely to obtain at the end of Year 11 for their iGCSEs. This data is very useful so students can make informed choices about what they will study in Year 10 to 11. More about levels is found in the assessment document.

Key Stage 4 – Year 10 to 11

At Key Stage 4 (KS4), students begin their iGCSEs – the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Although teachers will predict a grade for students this prediction is not their final grade – this is determined by their performance in the external examinations they sit. All students will select seven GCSE subjects. We aim to have all students achieving at least 5 subjects with grades A-C passes. Achieving these 5 grade A-Cs is very important for students who wish to pursue higher education, including A-levels (Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13), college and eventually, for some of our students, university.

English, Arabic, Maths and Science are compulsory IGCSE subjects for all students. Students will then select 3 other subjects from a list of options. All curriculum areas would be available through external examination boards from the UK and students would sit tests, established by these board and marked overseas by the UK examiners. This means that students leaving Reach British School would have qualifications which are recognized internationally.