The Secondary School starts in Year 6 (Grade 5) and finishes at Reach British School in Year 13 (Grade 12). Our Year 13 classes opened in September 2020.
Years 12 and 13 are not a compulsory stage of education within the British system, although for students wishing to pursue university study, completion of A-levels or a recognised equivalent is essential.
Key Stage 3 – Year 6 To Year 9
Our curriculum in Key Stage 3, which includes Years 6 to 9, follows the English National Curriculum, with some adaptations to the local context. In accordance with the Ministry of Education, we offer a wide range of subjects, including Maths, English, Science, ICT, Art, PE, Geography, History and French. We provide Arabic Language and UAE Social Studies for native and non-native students, and Muslim students also take Islamic Studies.
In year 7 all students sit a cognitive ability test that is repeated in year 9, the results provide the teacher, student and parents with a clear indication of what grade a student is likely to obtain at the end of Year 11 for their iGCSEs. Key Stage 3 teachers assess students using the new IGCSE criteria levelled 1-9, however, each year group is capped at a level relevant to its course material.
Key Stage 4 – Year 10 to 11
In Key Stage 4, our Year 10 and 11 programme prepares students for the IGCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations in a wide range of The National Curriculum for England and Wales subjects. Our students are supported through these examination courses by a comprehensive guidance and tutorial system based on their individual learning needs. English, Maths and Science are compulsory IGCSE subjects for all students. Students will then select a minimum of two further subjects from our options list, which includes French and Art. Arabic & Islamic Studies are assessed according to MOE curriculum at the end of Year 13.
Key Stage 5 – Year 12 & Year 13
Reach British School is committed to ensuring that our Senior School students are prepared for their future studies when attending their university of choice. Our students study subjects based on their future university pathways, their academic strengths, and as per ADEK requirements.
In their final two years of study at Reach, students will study and undertake their AS (Year 12) and A (Years 12 and 13) Level courses and examinations before progressing to further education. All students must meet the Reach graduation requirements and fulfill the Ministry of Education requirements for Arabic and Islamic Studies.
We are committed to ensuring students have the academic knowledge, skills and competencies to succeed and attend their first-choice university. Laying the foundations for LIFE-LONG SUCCESS!
*Please note, that in line with the Department of Knowledge and Education, all students must complete Year 13 to graduate.
Read more about our Curriculum.
Empowering Students With Block Timetabling
Here at Reach British School we follow block scheduling. It allows students to have more quality teaching time with their teachers. By minimising time spent transitioning from lesson to lesson we can maximise learning. It gives students the opportunity to develop their studies in more depth than is available otherwise and more quality written work is produced and more complex group can be performed. In lessons like PE and Art, this is even more essential to give students time to explore their creativity and passions.
It is a system used by top schools in the UK and is increasingly being used in the UAE.
Since the switch students and teachers alike have commented how successful they think it has become.
(it also means students do not bring such heavy bags with them to school – as they only need to bring 4 books – not 8!)
Secondary School Scholarships
Reach British School offers great scholarship opportunities for secondary students.