‘I am very pleased that the school is conducting wellbeing activities in parallel with academic and sporting activities’. (Year 9 Parent),‘I am so happy that my son is going to RIS and lucky to meet the teachers’ (Year 11 Parent)
Middle Years students have subject specific teachers for their academic classes but have form tutor sessions every morning. Form tutors fulfil a mentoring and pastoral role as well as being the initial school point of contact for Secondary parents.
Students meet their form tutor each morning before starting the school day and, for most subjects, stay together as a form group as they go to the different subject rooms. In Years 7-9, students follow a broad, balanced curriculum. Subjects include:
|Art||Humanities (History, Geography and Social Studies)|
|French or Mandarin or Mother Tongue,|
Arabic, Islamic for Muslim students
In Years 10 and 11, English, Mathematics, Science, and Islamic (for Muslims) are compulsory subjects. Students also choose from a wide range of optional subjects including PE, History, Geography, Drama, Economics, Business Studies, Computing, ICT, French, Mandarin, Arabic A, Arabic B, Art, Travel and Tourism and Statistics. Students continue to meet their form tutor in the morning but as they do a variety of different subject options, they will be with different groups throughout the day.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world’s most popular international examination framework for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally recognised and valued 16+ qualifications. IGCSE encourages learner-centred and enquiry-based approaches to learning. It develops learners’ skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, giving learners excellent preparation for the next stage in their education. IGCSE is compatible with other curricula and is internationally relevant and sensitive to different needs and cultures. The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher level courses, most commonly A-Levels.
Core and Extended
IGCSE caters for different levels of ability with a choice between core and extended papers in some subjects. Based on their overall performance over the two year period, students are registered either for the Core or Extended tier. This decision is usually made after the mock examinations in January of Year 11.
IGCSE courses typically take two years to complete and external examinations are usually taken in May or early June of Year 11. IGCSE examination fees for each subject taken are met by the parents.
Coursework is compulsory in most practical subjects for which it is an integral part, for example: Art, Drama, PE and ICT.