The English School for Girls follows the National Curriculum for England and Wales, commonly referred to as the British Curriculum. This is supplemented by lessons in Arabic Language for all students and Islamic Studies for Islamic students. Through this curriculum, we aim to have all students make the most of their academic opportunities.
The curriculum is divided into five areas:
|Area||Section of the school||Year Groups||Age of students||External exams|
|Foundation Years||Early Years||Kindergarten Reception||3, 4|
|Key Stage 1||Primary School||Year 1 & Year 2||5, 6||Y2, KS1 SAT test|
|Key Stage 2||Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6||7, 8, 9, 10||Y6, KS2 SAT tests|
|Key Stage 3||Secondary School||Year 7, Year 8, Year 9||11, 12, 13||Y9, KS3 SAT test|
|Key Stage 4||Year 10, Year 11||14+||Y11, IGCSE|
Tests and IGCSE examinations are all externally set in Great Britain and students around the world all sit them on the same day. Tests are conducted in Literacy and Numeracy for key Stage 1 and 2 and in English, Mathematics and Science for key Stage 3. They are internally marked by International Schools but there are very detailed and strict marking schemes issued by the examining board. Students are graded according to the National Curriculum level they achieve and these are reported to parents by the school as levels.
In Years 10 and 11 students will take a range of subjects for IGCSE. These exams are externally marked, and are graded on an A to G scale. Students who achieve 5 or more A to C passes are eligible to move to the next phase of their education.
Teaching and Learning
In Foundation Years learning is based on learning through play. Children are provided with a variety of stimulating activities by their class teacher each day, each of which is designed to develop their skill levels. Students will begin to get more formal teaching towards the end of reception, but our policy is to not force students into formal learning until they are ready to do so.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 students have Literacy and Numeracy lessons on a daily basis. Other curriculum areas include Topic (which is a combination of History, geography, Social Studies and Science), Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Physical Education, Arabic, Islamic studies, Information and Communication technology (ICT), and Art. Classes are taught by a class teacher for some subjects and by specialists for others. Children may work individually, groups or as a whole class.
Key Stage 3 and 4 students have specialist teachers for all subjects. The core curriculum of Maths, English and Science is supplemented by Arabic and Islamic Studies, History, Geography, Social Studies, ICT, PSHE, Art and Physical Education. Classes move from room to room for 6 lessons per day.
The key to our learning at ESG is understanding and application. Students will not be asked to learn lots of facts or information of by heart. They will be encouraged to develop critical thinking skills, to ask questions, and to formulate hypotheses from evidence they have in front of them.
Assessment and Reporting
Students work at ESG is assessed continuously through the term through unit tests, course work, classwork, observation and other assessment tasks. Examinations take place for key Stage 2, 3 and 4 students at the end of Term 1, and at the end of the academic year.
Reports are issued about 2 weeks after the last exam (generally at the end of each term). Parent / teacher interviews are held a few days after the reports have gone home.
Students’ assessment and grades reported to parents are based on standards expected of students in each year group, in schools around the world. A student scoring a A grade at ESG would be expected to score a similar grade in any International School worldwide, and likewise all other grades.