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School Academic Departments

English Department

The English department aims to achieve a balance between equipping pupils with practical skills, and giving students enthusiasm for language and literature that will provide lifelong pleasure. English teaching at all levels takes into account the international nature of the school and aims to satisfy the needs of individual pupils.

French Department

French is taught to all pupils up to Year 11. In the Preparatory School, pupils start French in Year 1 where the emphasis is on conversation. The children learn how to introduce themselves and give each other personal information. In Year 4 and 5 basic grammar is introduced and pupils start acquiring vocabulary. A balance is kept between speaking, listening and writing, with one lesson per week devoted to conversation. Poems, songs and games are used to reinforce the language and make learning fun.

Mathematics Department

Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all pupils up to 'O' Level. We follow the University of London's Mathematics syllabus B, which brings together the 'modern' and 'traditional' approaches to 'O' Level mathematics. The emphasis of the syllabus is more on understanding and application of concepts, rather than on mechanical solutions of problems.

Geography Department

In the Preparatory department, Geography is taught in conjunction with other subjects, on a thematic basis. For instance, pupils study Tropical Rain Forests and Polar Regions. They also investigate the physical and human features of their surroundings, The Coast Province.

General Science Department

Science is taught as theme topics in Junior School

Pupils begin their General Science course in Year 3. This is an integrated course covering aspects of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Much emphasis is placed on developing an investigative approach and application of Science to everyday life, utilising the well-equipped science laboratories. Our aim is to foster a keen interest in all sciences by providing a sound basis of knowledge besides trying to ensure enjoyment of the topics covered. The General Science course culminates in the Edexcel Primary Curriculum Science Examination, in Year 6.

Senior School of Science


After studying the subject as part of a General Science course in the Preparatory School, all pupils are introduced to Biology as a separate subject in Year 7. For two years, pupils will study a broad variety of topics designed to give a solid foundation upon which to base further studies towards I.G.C.S.C.


Chemistry is taken by all pupils in Years 7, 8, and 9. This introductory course has been designed to include all the practical skills, concepts and knowledge in accordance with Attainment Targets 1 and 3 of the Science National Curriculum. It is context-based and there is an emphasis on application so that a better understanding of Chemistry and its importance to modern society is achieved. These themes are developed in Year 9 when all pupils start the I.G.C.S.E 'O' level syllabus.


Physics is compulsory from Years 7-9 and during this time a broad introduction to the subject is given. One aim of this is to provide those students who choose to follow Physics in Year 10 and 11 with a firm foundation and to provide an insight into the place of Physics in the modern world.

Computer Studies

The Computer Studies department is committed to ensuring that all our students become highly confident and competent in the use of computers. As well as taking the form of a subject in its own right, the computer facilities at the school are increasingly being used to enhance learning right across the school curriculum from the kindergarten to A Levels.

History Department

The History Department aims to develop in every student an interest in and an understanding of the past. Throughout each year students develop important skills including the ability to analyse sources, understand attitudes in the past, construct a coherent argument, discuss and debate. Students are also required to develop research skills and carry out their own historical enquiries. Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and communicate them in a reasoned, organised way.

Business Studies

Business Studies is offered at 'A' level and runs as a modular programme. It is essential that a student considering taking Business Studies should have a sound grounding in Mathematics and English. A genuine interest in national and international business is also essential. 'O' level Economics provides a helpful background to 'A' level Business but is not a prerequisite for entry to the course.


Economics is offered as an option at both IGCSE 'O' and 'A' levels.

Music Department

Music is included in the weekly timetable from Kindergarten through to Year 8. The department aims to promote enjoyment, awareness and understanding of a wide range of music, both 'classical' and 'popular', from around the world, as well as to develop each child's own musical skills and confidence. Singing and practical music-making form a large part of the curriculum.

Physical Education

Physical Education is an important and busy part of the pupils' lives. Curriculum time is split into three sections: Swimming, Games and Physical Education and all children gain access to a wide and varied programme of activities during the course of each academic year.