Secondary curriculum

Regent’s International School offers a holistic education that places every child at the heart of the curriculum.  Our mission is to ensure that students develop into well rounded leaders for the future.  In order to realise this vision, we provide all students a broad, balanced range of academic subjects that is delivered by experienced international teachers.  We also ensure that all students develop their literacy in English.  This curriculum is supported by a strong pastoral team as well as a variety of enrichment and extracurricular activities.  Our curriculum is based on Key Stages that build on the Primary School curriculum and ensure progression from year to year.  The various areas of this website outline each of Key Stage and our Handbooks provide more detailed information on our curriculum.

Key Stage 3

Regent’s International School Key Stage 3 Curriculum for Year 7 to 9 builds on the foundations of knowledge, understanding and skills developed in the Primary School.  It seeks to deliver a 21st century education to meet the needs of our young and society.  It aims to ensure that our children become well rounded leaders for the future; children that grow into

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a contribution to society

In order to meet the interests and needs of individual students, as well as the changing demands and challenges society poses, there is a need to support children in a number of core areas such as functional skills but also in terms of their personal, learning and thinking skills.

Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum therefore has a strong emphasis on functional skills such as

  • Literacy (specifically reading, writing, speaking, listening in English)
  • ICT and digital literacy
  • Numeracy 

There is also an emphasis on developing approaches to learning linked to 

  • Collaboration and interdependence
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • Reflection
  • Resilience

Students develop this core knowledge and skills through a broad and balanced curriculum composed of a range of subject areas including Languages (First and Second), Humanities, Sciences, Maths, Arts and Sports.  The curriculum is delivered by dedicated, professional, caring and experienced international teachers who place your child at the heart of everything they do.

At Regent’s International School, we place great importance on wellbeing and aim to ensure students feel safe, stay healthy and are happy.  We provide support for student’s mental and emotional welfare and offer a range of opportunities beyond the classroom including anything from MUN to drama and music to sporting activities as well as outward bounds and curricular trips that further enrich a child’s education.

At Regent’s International School, our Key Stage 3 curriculum will not only prepare students for IGCSEs, the IB Diploma and university, it will support them in developing into well rounded leaders. 

Curriculum Maps 2021-22

The Curriculum Maps below outline the topics that pupils will be studying this year in each of their subjects. They will provide you with greater information regarding the teaching and learning of each pupil.  These are ‘working ‘documents’.  If you would like more detailed information about each unit of work then please see the Head of Department.

Assessment

Assessment at Key Stage Three (Year 7-9) is based on learning objectives.  This means that the work and ability of pupils is judged against a set of criteria for each subject areas.  Pupils are not judged against the work of other pupils.  These objectives therefore allow for the learning of pupils to be clearly assessed and also allow teachers and students to set formative targets for individual learning.

Assessment tasks are varied to allow all pupils to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills.  For example, students are assessed through projects, essays, end of unit tests, presentations and observation.  An assessment task may cover different criteria. The core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Thai also have summative tests at the end of each year.

Assessment at Regent’s International School is carried out by teachers and relies on their professional judgement. Students complete a summative assessment at the end of each unit of work in all curriculum subjects. These assessments vary in type but are based on assessment criterion outlined in the handbook. Details of assessment criteria, grading, reporting and recording can be found in our KS3 Assessment Handbook.

 

Key Stage 4 and IGCSE

At Key Stage 4, students follow the International General Certificate of Secondary Education programme (IGCSE).  This offers one of the most recognized qualifications around the world.  IGCSE courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills, including: recall of knowledge; oral skills; problem solving; initiative; teamwork and investigative skills. The resulting qualification provides an ideal foundation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme offered at Regent’s International School, Bangkok. 

Many of our students excel at IGCSE level with students consistently exceeding UK national averages in terms of A*-A grades and A*-C grades.  Through the programme, students continue to develop their abilities in 

  • Literacy (specifically reading, writing, speaking, listening in English)
  • ICT and digital literacy
  • Numeracy 

They also continue to develop approaches to learning linked to 

  • Collaboration and interdependence
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • Reflection
  • Resilience

Breadth and depth

Students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects at IGCSE level. In order to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, many students take courses from each of main subject groups (see below). Choosing across the subject range means that students will be well prepared for the IB Diploma course.

IGCSE examination information

The IGCSE programme is a two year course.  Exams are normally taken at the end of 

that period, although early entry is occasionally offered at Regent’s International School. 

Examinations are held in November and in May.  Subjects are examined through a 

range of assessment methods, including: coursework, oral and listening, practicals and 

written examinations. We enter students for the level most appropriate to their ability 

and base this decision on their prior attainment and their teachers´ expertise. Results 

are available in January and August for the preceding examination session.

Curriculum Maps 2021-22

The Curriculum Maps below outline the topics that pupils will be studying this year in each of their subjects. They will provide you with greater information regarding the teaching and learning of each pupil.  These are ‘working ‘documents’.  If you would like more detailed information about each unit of work then please see the Head of Department.

Beyond the Classroom

At Key Stage 4, we continue to encourage students to develop skills that will enable them to become responsible and confident young adults. We provide a number of opportunities both through the formal curriculum and beyond the curriculum.  Participation in House and inter-school competitions continue to be encouraged as are enrichment, service and extracurricular activities such as the International Award, MUN, Outward Bounds trip and sports, music, art and drama activities.

The strong emphasis on academic rigour as well as on wellbeing and citizenship will mean that students are well prepared for the IB Diploma and university.  This balanced approach is a core element of our mission in supporting students to become well rounded leaders for the future.

 

Pre-IB programme

Regent’s International School Pre-IB programme offers new students the opportunity to prepare for the IB Diploma.  This programme is specifically designed for a student that is shown to have the ability and potential to be successful in the IB Diploma.  However, they may lack the language and literacy skills in English to fully access the IB course, or may not have completed the first year of the IGCSE programme.  

The Pre-IB Programme is a personalised intensive course that follows the second year of IGCSE.  It is specifically adapted to the interests and needs of the individual student.

Typically, the programme has an emphasis on furthering a student’s literacy skills in English.  It aims to ensure that by the end of the year students are at intermediate level in English and have become more able and confident in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English.

The programme also emphasises skills in 

  • ICT and digital literacy
  • Numeracy 

as well as approaches to learning that are aligned to the IB Diploma

  • Collaboration and interdependence
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • Reflection
  • Resilience

Students must select subjects from the six subject areas of the IB Diploma; choosing across the subject range means that students will be well prepared for the IB Diploma course.

All Pre-IB students must study 

  • English: First or Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • At least one Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics 

Other subjects offered include: 

  • Humanities: Geography, History, Business, Global Perspectives
  • Languages: Thai, Chinese, Mandarin
  • Arts: Drama, Music, Art and Design

In addition, throughout the year, students are provided extra time for independent study as well as extra lessons in English.

At the beginning of Term 2, Year 11, students can decide on whether they are to be entered for the IGCSE exams in May/June.  This decision will be based on discussions with subject teachers, parents and the Key Stage 4 Coordinator.

Generally, a student is expected to pass 5 IGCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths.  However, the school will also consider other indicators such as feedback from subject teachers, progress in English and information from cognitive ability tests (CAT4).

Through the Pre-IB programme, we also encourage students to develop skills that will enable them to become responsible and confident young adults. We provide a number of opportunities both through the formal curriculum and beyond the curriculum.  Participation in House and inter-school competitions are encouraged, as are enrichment, service and extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, MUN, Outward Bounds trip and sports, music, art and drama activities.

The strong emphasis on academic rigour as well as on wellbeing and citizenship will mean that students are well prepared for the IB Diploma and university.  This balanced approach is a core element of our mission in supporting students to become well rounded leaders for the future.

IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a rigorous academic program emphasizing academic achievement, critical thinking, research skills and community service. It has been operating worldwide for over 50 years and is in place in almost 3000 schools in over 130 countries around the world.  The IB Diploma is recognized in virtually every country in the world.

The Diploma Programme encourages students to:

  • ask challenging questions
  • learn how to learn
  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and    culture
  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures
  • is holistic in outlook
  • emphasises students are the changemakers and leaders of the world

Because of this, the IB is highly valued by all universities across the world.  In many UK and North American universities it is felt to be the best programme in preparing students for Tertiary Education, as such the “Gold Standard.”

‘In the States and in Canada, IB students are very much sought-after’

‘What the IB gives you, that I think A-levels don’t, are the skills not just to get into university, but to succeed at university’ (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/education-and-family/why-the-ib-is-the-perfect-passport-to-university/ )

At Regent’s International School our students consistently exceed world average point scores and go on to study at a range of universities including Oxbridge, LSE, Imperial, Manchester in the UK, Cornell, Pennsylvania, New York and Berkeley in USA, UBC and Toronto in Canada and City University in Hong Kong and many more.

The curriculum

The IB Diploma requires students to study six subject areas, with one discipline taken from each group in the curriculum model:

  1. Language A (literature and/or language): English, Thai
  2. Language B (second language) English, Spanish, Mandarin or another Language A: English, Thai, Mandarin or a Self Taught chosen language (we have supported Korean, German, French, Japanese and many other languages)
  3. Individuals and Societies:  Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Digital Society (formerly Information Technology in a Global Society)
  4. Experimental Sciences:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sports Education Health Science
  5. Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics Applications and Interpretations
  6. Arts:  Theatre Arts, Visual Art, Music (or one subject from another group)

All IB Diploma students must choose three courses at Higher Level (HL) and three courses at Standard Level (SL).

In addition to these academic disciplines, the IBDP is founded on three core components for which the students are required to:

  • Complete a 4000 word Research Essay
  • Undertake a two year course of study in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Commit to a range of Creative, Action, and Service (CAS) oriented experiences

Recommended Entry requirements for IB Diploma

Due to the course content the following recommendations are made regarding entrance into some subjects at different levels:

  • A* at IGCSE is recommended for HL mathematics
  • B or higher is generally recommended at IGCSE to take subjects at HL.
  • C or higher at IGCSE is recommended to take other subjects at SL

Regent’s International School also offers the IB Courses route which may be more appropriate for students who do not meet the recommended requirements for the IB Diploma.  This will also mean that students can gain a High School Diploma that is recognised by Thai universities.  More information on this can be found at IBO LINK

Assessment 

IB Subjects are graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The students may gain up to another 3 points through the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay. The maximum number of points awarded for the IB Diploma is 45.  A student must gain 24 points with 12 points at HL to pass the full IB Diploma.

Prepared for university and life

The IB Diploma programme at Regent’s International School ensures that our students leave school prepared for university, prepared for the challenges they will face but, more than this, able to actively participate in society as open minded, principled global citizens.