Curriculum

Offering a world-class education founded on an elaborated National Curriculum for England (NCfE)

At The Westminster School, we follow the National Curriculum for England preparing students to take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course and the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level Examinations of the Universities of Cambridge and London (UK). The curriculum lays the foundation for students to pursue university levels of education or professional career paths suited to their abilities, talents and interests. It is based on a structured and broad framework that outlines expected levels of achievement through all stages of a student's school life.

The IGCSE curriculum is an internationally recognised curriculum used in over 150 countries across the world. It sets widely recognised education standards, supports modern curriculum development and promotes international understanding. In addition to development of specific skills and competencies, the curriculum emphasises thinking skills, enquiry, creativity, planning and other skills needed to meet the challenges of the future.

Through innovative styles of teaching, workshops, projects and experiments students are given the opportunity to explore aspects of the curriculum and develop a variety of practical skills. Under the guidance of their teachers, students learn aspects of management, instruction and leadership, enhancing their knowledge, confidence and skills, so that they can make more defined career choices.

The National Curriculum for England is divided in Key Stages which are illustrated in the table below:


Key Stage
 


Age on entry
 


Year Group
 

 Foundation Stage


4 years
 


Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)
 

 Key Stage 1


5 years

6 years
 


Year 1

Year 2
 

 Key Stage 2


7 years

8 years

9 years

10 years
 


Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6
 

 Key Stage 3


11 years

12 years

13 years
 


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9
 

 Key Stage 4


14 years

15 years
 


Year 10

Year 11
 


 AS Level
 Examinations

 


16 years
 


Year 12
 


 A Level
 Examinations
 
 


17 years
 

 
Year 13
 

 

The Westminster School provides students with an educational programme in English, comparable to that which they would receive in quality programmes in the United Kingdom. English is the medium of instruction and the mandatory first language for all Year Groups from Kindergarten to Year 13. A high level of oral and written English usage is expected of our students.

Arabic is the required second language from FS 2 to Year 9. It is offered in two levels, a special higher level, as per the Ministry of Education requirement for Arab nationals and a regular level for non-native speakers.

From Year 3 to Year 8, the third language option includes French or Urdu. From Year 9 the language option is extended to include Arabic as the first language and Arabic, French or Urdu as a second language.