Secondary Curriculum

The Secondary School at Renaissance consists of three distinct stages – Key Stage 3 which encompasses Years 7, 8 and 9, Key Stage 4 which encompasses Years 10 and 11 and Key Stage 5 which encompasses Years 12 and 13.

In line with the school’s mission, the Secondary programme has a strong focus on academic and personal excellence and there is an equally strong commitment to student welfare and well-being and to offering a diverse extra- curricular activity programme.

KEY STAGE 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

The Key Stage 3 (KS3) curriculum is based on the National Curriculum of England but modified in part to suit the needs of a diverse international student population. Students in Key Stage 3 are involved in an expansive curriculum which covers English, Mathematics, Science, the Humanities, Art, Design and Technology (ADT), Drama, Computer Science, Music, Vietnamese, a third language and Physical Education.

There is a strong emphasis on cross curricular links across Key Stage 3 and this makes the curriculum both meaningful and connected. In addition to the taught curriculum, all students are involved in Service Learning, are required to present a Personal Project at the end of Year 9 and are involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

KEY STAGE 4  – Years 10 and 11

Students in Years 10 and 11, Key Stage 4 (KS4), are involved in a programme that culminates in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at the end of Year 11.  Designed and administered by Cambridge Assessment, the IGCSE has been specifically created for international students and leads to a certificate that is internationally recognised.

At Renaissance the core subjects – English, Mathematics, Language A and Coordinated Sciences are compulsory and students then choose from a broad range of subjects across the Humanities, Creative, Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education and Technology.

KEY STAGE 5  – Years 12 and 13

In Key Stage 5 (KS5) the majority of students are involved in the International Baccalaureate Diploma and our results are consistently above the world average. The prestigious programme provides an excellent pathway into universities and colleges worldwide. Students are required to study six subjects as well as fulfilling Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity and Service requirements and writing an Extended Essay.

For those students not wanting to undertake the IB Diploma, the school offers an internal High School Diploma that is recognised by colleges and universities, for example in the United States. This option is also supported by a SAT offering that is taught by a specialist teacher.


Note: All subjects are offered at Higher (HL) or Standard Level (SL) unless otherwise indicated.

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