Alun Yorath - Principal & Secondary Headteacher
I am delighted to be leading the Secondary school from January 2022 as Principal and Head of Secondary. We look forward to implementing a revised extended senior leadership structure for August 2022 onwards. The intention of this reorganisation to the structure is to best support the school on its improvement journey and comes as a result of almost 12 months review and consultation.
This restructure in the Primary and Secondary schools is novel, but one we are confident best serves the needs of the school over the coming years. It is premised on the need to provide very clearly defined leadership roles compartmentalised to allow time for strategic leadership and planning. It is intended to facilitate collaboration across the schools and between schools in roles that are mirrored and complementary.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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)