The Secondary Section comprises of students from Grade 7 to Grade 12. There students are taught by subject specialists.
Emphasis is placed in Key Stage 3 on giving students the widest possible curriculum so that they are exposed to as many areas as possible. Thus, in the Creative arts for example, students experience music, drama and art and under the banner of General Science students are exposed to Biology, Chemistry and Physics whilst in other specialisms, students will be taught French, History, Geography, Mathematics, English and for Arabic students Religion and Arabic. In this way students are in a position and able to make an informed choice when choosing their Grade 9 options at the end of Grade 8.
In Grade 9 and 10 (Key Stage 4) students study Mathematics, English, Arabic, and Religion (for Muslims) and P.E. which are all compulsory. Apart from this students then are free to choose their options. This is where with the student with teacher and parental consultation can start to explore the possible career pathways. In as much that if your son or daughter might favour the Science/Math route they could typically choose the options of Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics or if they have more an artistic or linguistic bent then they would be best advised to explore other pathways which would be reflected in their option choices.
Currently students are able to select from a range of twelve IGCSE subjects on offer. These are English Literature, Arabic, Business Studies, ICT, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, P.E., Art, French. However, with the aim of balance in mind, the school insists that all students retain at least one science and do not over-specialise at this relatively young age.
At the end of Grade 10, students take external IGCSE exams. These exams are extremely important and will determine whether or not the students will progress into upper school.
Throughout the 4 years of study our aim is to produce competent learners where the skills of analysis, research and investigative thinking are given emphasis. In this way, the students will become confident in their own abilities and become balanced individuals.
In Grades 11 and 12 students may opt again either for A levels or for the Omani General Education Diploma (GED). Again, the concept of student choice comes into play, but this time with more emphasis on linkage to university courses and careers.