Secondary School Curriculum

Students in Year 7 – 9 follows set departmental curriculum guidelines. From Year 10 to 13 learning is based on IGCSE and the Cambridge International A Level curriculum. The main aim of the curriculum at St. Constantine’s is to raise standards, making sure all children have a broad and balanced education up to the age of 18 and to ensure that there is continuity and cohesion from the Primary School to the Secondary School. The curriculum specifies what children must study and what they are expected to know at different ages or year of study. Computer-based testing through the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University allows us to set realistic, yet challenging targets for students in their examination years.

In addition to the formal academic curriculum, PSHE is taught throughout the Secondary School. An extensive after-school co-curricular programme supplements academic life. Students are given the opportunity to participate in sports, music, art, and drama to further explore their physical, intellectual and creative potential. Through the Round Square our students are exposed to more than academics. We ensure students receive a rich educational experience through opportunities for adventure and school trips to a range of places, participating in exchange programmes and Round Square conferences around the globe.

The Curriculum at Year 7 – 9 includes English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, ICT, History, Geography, French, Kiswahili, Business Studies, Drama, Music and Physical Education. Studies at this point prepare students for studies at IGCSE level. While embracing all fields of study we emphasise on proficiency in literacy and numeracy. An exposure to a broad curriculum provides students an opportunity to have a taste of everything before they can eventually make their choice of subjects at higher levels.

At Year 10 and 11 [IGCSE] students have to study English, Mathematics, and either Swahili or French as their core subjects. Elective subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, English Literature, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, Art and Design, Music, Drama, ICT, Computer Science and PE. Students select subjects that will lead them to their future studies and those that they excel in. Students are expected to study eight subjects and in their choices they must have subjects from different groups (Mathematics, English, Foreign Language, Science, Humanities and Vocational subjects). This allows students to have a broad-based course of study while creating flexibility for studies of their choice in future.

At Year 12 and 13 [A Level] students choose four courses at AS (Year 12) and three courses at A2 (Year 13). We have a wide variety of subjects to choose from to accommodate interests of all students across the board. They include English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, English Literature, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, Art and Design and AICT.

Pastoral support is provided to assist students in settling in sixth form and placement to universities. Sixth Form life not only presents amazing academic and intellectual opportunities, but also a great range of co-curricular experiences. This is a time to develop leadership qualities – to take on responsibility and to be an excellent role model for younger students at St. Constantine’s.