Secondary

For children aged 11 - 15 years

As students move into the secondary phase of the Hastings School, the emphasis on high academic standards combined with an enjoyment of learning continues.

There is a strong foucs on wellbeing (pastoral care) and making sure that students know who to speak to if they have any concerns. The teenage years can be challenging and it is essential that students feel confident to speak to us if they are worried or having a difficult time. We have a range of staff to offer support, including a full time psychologist.

Curriculum

Developing minds

After completing the Early Years and Primary stages, our pupils move on to Secondary. Subjects are taught by specialist, native British teachers in a way that encourages students to think for themselves, solve problems, collaborate with others and gain a deep understanding of the material.

The lessons are varied and include the use of technology where appropriate to help personalise and accelerate learning. There is a strong emphasis on practical activities in numerous subjects: science experiments in specialist laboratories; drama in the theatre; music in the music room; and art in the art studios.

Students also do:
  • Two hours of physical activity per week (they can do much more as part of the extra-curricular programme)

  • Two hours of physical activity per week (they can do much more as part of the extra-curricular programme)

  • A comprehensive personal and social education programme, covering areas such as citizenship, health and wellbeing, digital safety, careers, and study skills.

YEARS 7, 8 & 9 (AGES 11-14)

Discovering their passion

For the first three years of Secondary, students study a large range of subjects to better understand what they enjoy and what they would like to continue studying as they get older.

There is a strong focus on Maths, English and Spanish as well as Science (with lessons in specialist science labs), Computing, PE, History and Geography. In addition they start a third language, French, and take a range of creative subjects: Art; Drama and Music.

All children study:

YEARS 10 & 11 (ages 14-16)

Preparing for IGCSEs

During these two years, students work towards the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations. These official exams are taken at the end of Year 11.

Subjects are now studied in more depth. Some of them are compulsory and decisions must be made as to which optional subjects to take.

There is a core of compulsory subjects (Maths, English, Spanish and at least one science) but then students have five choices and can shape the curriculum more towards the subjects they love and are good at.

Compulsory Subjects:

Optional subjects:

“It offers a very complete education and that it gets the most out of the student.”

–  Year 10 Parent

A thorough and varied education

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