Secondary

Introduction

Braeburn High School is a co-educational day school, offering an international version of the National Curriculum of England and Wales and providing opportunities for all its students to grow into well-rounded and outward-looking individuals. The international ethos of the school gives our students the opportunity to experience a truly multi -cultural environment and encourages tolerance, respect and an open attitude to the world around us. With multiple nationalities represented in our student body, Braeburn High mirrors this diversity through its highly-qualified and energetic staff, with teachers from the UK, Kenya and elsewhere. We have high academic standards as well as a rich and varied programme of extra-curricular activities. There is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where the beliefs of hard work, personal courtesy and smart appearance remain priorities.

The teachers and staff of Braeburn School are committed to continual improvement in the quality of education they provide for the students.

Our students have access to excellent sporting facilities, including a well-equipped gym, squash courts, swimming pools, an all- weather Astro-turf pitch, and two professional theatres. These provide a wide range of opportunities for sport and the performing arts. Extra-curricular activities available include Model United Nations, President’s Award, Community Service, International Maths Challenge, STEM Club, and an elite Football Academy programme. We know that students achieve their best when parents, teachers and students work together as a team. Our Open Door Policy is recognised as a strength by our students, parents and staff.

Our teaching staff are highly qualified and all have post-graduate teaching qualifications. We ensure teachers attend regular training to keep abreast of developments in curriculum and pedagogy.

Curriculum

In Key Stage Three (Year 7 and 8): All subjects are taught by specialist teachers and often in specialist rooms. English is no longer set.

In Key Stage Four (Years 9-11): Students in Year 9 follow a curriculum broadly in line with the English Key Stage 3 curriculum during terms 1 & 2. The curriculum is focused on developing the skills needed for success at Key Stage 4 and beyond and assessment criteria reflect those used at IGCSE. During term 2 students are supported and guided to make their subject choices for IGCSE and the syllabus starts to be taught in term 3.

Students in Years 10 & 11 continue their IGCSE curriculum. Maths, English Language, English Literature and at least one science are compulsory at KS4 unless a differentiated curriculum is necessary to meet the needs of the student. Students usually take 9 subjects at IGCSE. Students in the top set for Maths have the option of early entry for Extended Maths enabling them to continue studying for Additional Maths in the main exam season. Students study English and Maths for 5 hours per week. All Option Subjects are studies for 3 hours per week. All students continue to have Games for two hours per week and Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) for the equivalent of 1 hour per week.

IGCSE subjects available

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design Technology
  • Development Studies
  • Drama
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Management
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Level 2 BTEC Sport
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Spanish