Grades 6 to 8

Grades 6,7,8 - Middle School 

The Pre-IGCSE programme is a 3-year educational course that is designed to prepare students to successfully take the Checkpoint examinations in the following subjects English, Mathematics and Science, at the end of Grade 8.

The University of Cambridge Overseas Examinations (CIE) in the United Kingdom is the external examining authority for the Checkpoint examinations. Furthermore, Spanish second language learners are also prepared for the DELE exams from the Institute of Cervantes in Madrid. The additional subjects taught within the curriculum are structured and sequenced to ensure that students are prepared to begin IGCSE courses in Grade 9.

The Checkpoint examinations are designed to give an indication of the likely success of students that go on to study the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) programme in Grades 9 and 10. It is also derived from an extensive study of curriculum content in international schools around the world.

The curriculum for students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 includes the following subjects:
Art & Design; Information Technology; English (including Language, Literature and Drama); English as an Additional Language; Geography; History; Mathematics; Music; Drama; Physical Education; Science; Spanish or French as a First or Foreign Language.

There are specific course outlines for each of the subjects that are on offer within the programme.

Most subjects are compulsory except for Spanish, French and where EAL considerations and support make it impossible or impracticable. A special programme of intensive English as an Additional Language will be provided to complement the learning of those more difficult subjects. Students can make a choice between Spanish or French as their second or first language.

Mid-Year and End of Year formal reports show student’s performance against the Specific Learning Objectives (SLOs) Performance in Mid-Year and End Year of Examinations is reported as a percentage. Student work in class and homework is normally reported as a letter grade. Student led conferences in February allow students to assess their own learning as well as sharing their work with their parents.