After their excellent preparation in Primary, the Secondary department delivers quality British education to students in Years 7 to 11. In the final two years in Secondary, our students prepare to take the official Cambridge IGCSE exams, which serve to validate their studies with the Spanish Ministry of Education. We are immensely proud of our outstanding record of exam success across all of the Secondary departments.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
In Key Stage 3, pupils are given opportunities to develop a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the subjects taught and to acquire more complex skills. They are taught by our team of specialist teachers in subject-based rooms, which involves them getting used to moving around the building and organising their books and materials in a more independent way.
Small class sizes allow teachers to focus on each individual and develop a working partnership with our pupils and their parents through feedback and reporting. Our dedicated and experienced teachers create a community where respect and understanding are built and where tolerance and trust are paramount.
During their time in Key Stage 3, pupils gradually find out which subjects they perform highest in, which subjects they enjoy best and where their talents lie. This helps them to plan their future and to make the best choices for their IGCSE subjects in Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education( IGCSE) courses are taught through Years 10 and 11 with pupils taking the examinations in May/June of the second year. These examinations are set, marked and certificated by external boards, Pearson and Cambridge. At St. Anne’s School, most pupils will study nine and ten subjects, some of which are compulsory, whilst others are optional. Clearly, our aim is to help our pupils achieve as many quality subject passes as possible to enable them to progress to the next stage of their education with the highest qualifications.
In these final years of secondary, our teachers need to focus intensely on the set syllabi and required standards, although our pupils continue to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding through exploration, investigation, creativity, and practical application in classes that are stimulating and motivating. Small group sizes mean that teachers know their students well and are able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and provide them with the individual attention they need to achieve their academic goals.