World Class Qualifications
Pupils will typically study seven to ten IGCSE courses depending upon ability, with the aim of sitting examinations in each subject area. Each subject area may have a number of separate examination papers, resulting in a strenuous examination programme in May and June every year. Some subject areas have coursework as part of the course, which means that various assignments are submitted at stages throughout the course. For those students who will struggle to complete this number of IGCSEs, they may have their programme altered to suit their needs.
Our courses will include continuous assessment, providing formative feedback for both pupils and teachers. Such assessment may include, but not be exclusive to:
- Class work
- Testing at the end of a topic or unit
Assessment in its many forms is an integral part of the curriculum. The main purposes of assessment are:
- To discover what pupils have achieved in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding
- To encourage and to praise
- To set targets
At the end of Year 10, all pupils will sit examinations in the subjects they have been studying. These will be conducted in a formal setting, replicating how IGCSE examinations will be conducted. These end-of-year examinations will assess what pupils have studied throughout the year, and so it will be important for pupils to learn how to revise too.
In January every year, all Year 11 pupils will sit mock IGCSE examinations which will cover as much of the syllabus as possible at that stage. These examinations will be summative in their nature, in order to give pupils, teachers and parents a clear picture of where pupils’ attainment lies at that time. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, these examinations also have a formative element, because they will give pupils and teachers guidance on where strengths and weaknesses lie, so that further improvement and progress can be made.
After the mock examinations have been taken and the results published, discussions will take place about the advisability of pupils taking the final examination in subjects in which they are struggling to make the necessary headway.