Head of Secondary School

Head's Welcome

In the Secondary School, our aim is to ensure that each child in our community feels safe, happy and valued, as well as being stretched and supported academically. Our students are able to experience a high-quality curriculum within the classroom and a wealth of invaluable enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom. ​Supporting this is an ethos which is based on clear values that help all of our students develop and grow into responsible global citizens.

I am proud to work alongside our children and with our committed and experienced staff in what is often described as an exceptionally friendly and welcoming community. The role of parents in the development of their child's education is of course a vital one, and therefore the relationship between school and home is integral to our success as a school. We warmly and eagerly seek to develop and strengthen these relationships at every opportunity.

I am proud to lead our Secondary school, and to bring #themonalisaeffect to life for every child. You can contact me by clicking on the button below and I very much look forward to hearing from you.

With very best wishes,

Susan Havis

Head of Secondary


All students are organised into small tutor groups, interacting with their peers from across the age and ability range. It is through their tutor group, convened every morning and also during the weekly Pastoral hour and Assembly, that their Form Tutor monitors their learning, progress and wellbeing.

The Secondary school at ICS is broken down into three phases:

Key Stage

Year 7 (Grade 6)

Ages 11 - 12

Year 8 (Grade 7)

Ages 12 - 13

Year 9 (Grade 8)

Ages 13 - 14

In most subjects, students are mostly taught in mixed ability groups, with their needs met through careful and expert differentiation. Where necessary, we also explore more homogenous groups, in particular in English and Maths, where it is beneficial to students’ learning.


Key Stage

Year 10 (Grade 9)

Ages 14 - 15

Year 11 (Grade 10)

Ages 15 - 16

In English and Maths, students continue to be taught in homogeneous ability groups. However, for all other subjects, learning groups are mixed ability.


Key Stage

Year 12 (Grade 11)

Ages 16 - 17

Year 13 (Grade 12)

Ages 17 - 18

Students are taught in small, mixed-ability groups for each subject. In addition, most students have some periods set aside for independent study, during which time they will typically work either in the Library or in the 6th Form Study Area.


Secondary Curriculum

The Secondary School provides a broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but modified for our local and international context. At ICS, we strive to provide a personalised curriculum which is designed to meet the needs of every single student.

We aim to know the strengths and learning needs of every student in every subject so that each and every lesson that we teach enables each and every student to make the maximum progress.

In addition to a comprehensive pastoral programme, we deliver an outstanding wellbeing programme to all students, which is designed to support their personal and social development. Students also take part in a wide range of co-curricular activities through our ‘Challenge Hour’ programme. All students also attend assembly, usually once a week.

Secondary Curriculum Structure


In Key Stage 3, students follow a curriculum of 12 different subjects: English, Maths, Science, MFL, History, Geography, Global Citizenship, Computer Science, Art, Music, Drama and PE, in addition to the Wellbeing Curriculum and Challenge Hour. For the Modern Foreign Language (MFL) programme, we offer either Arabic, Spanish or French. The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is designed to provide breadth, so that students are encourage to learn new skills and develop existing skills in as many areas as possible. This ensures that, by the end of Year 9, students know exactly what their talents are and that we have done everything we can to nurture those talents.

In Key Stage 4, students follow a two-year programme that leads to IGCSE qualifications. At the end of Year 9, students will choose which subjects they would like to continue to study to IGCSE examinations and which they would like to drop. Students in Key Stage 4 therefore are enabled to personalise their programme of study to suit their talents and also to begin to specialise in the areas that really excite them and in which they will succeed to the best of their ability. All students in Years 10 and 11 will study the core subjects of English (First or Second Language and, for some students, English Literature), Maths and Science, as well as an MFL option (either Arabic, Spanish or French). In addition, students choose a further three options from a wide range of subjects including Triple Science, History, Geography, Business Studies, Computer Science, Art, Music, Drama, Food & Nutrition or Physical Education. Students in Key Stage 4 also participate in the Challenge Hour and Wellbeing Hour programmes in addition to non-examined PE.

At Key Stage 5, students specialise even further and begin Year 12 with four subjects, which they will study in significant depth and which will lead to A Level or BTEC qualifications and, ultimately, to universities around the world. We are very proud to say that students leaving ICS often go on to undergraduate courses at some of the most prestigious universities around the world. In addition to studying for their A Level subjects, students also participate in the Challenge Hour and Wellbeing Hour programmes. Students also experience a diverse Enrichment programme, which is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop their leadership, teamwork and critical thinking skills outside of the traditional classroom setting.

All qualifications are certified by either Edexcel-Pearson or CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)


Students from across the globe can, and do, apply for a place at the International Community School in Amman, Jordan.