Secondary School

Secondary School

Welcome to GIS Secondary.

We offer a curriculum with a British foundation, yet an international approach. Our Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) programme aims to prepare students for the rigours of the exam years by ensuring they are well acquainted with problem solving, critical thinking and the ability to convey their ideas in an articulate and persuasive way. Our Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) programme centres around the International GCSE qualifications, the ideal preparation for our outstanding GCE (A Level) programme in Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13).

For more information on our curriculum, please visit the Teaching & Learning page.

Our Results 

Year upon year, our Secondary students achieve some of the finest results in the region. In 2019, 58% of grades at A Level were at A/A*; at IGCSE, an outstanding 69% of results were A/A*. Our pass rates for both qualifications are 100%. Most importantly, our value-added results – which indicate the impact our teaching and learning has on student achievement – indicates that the GIS experience adds, on average, over half a grade to every child.

A Research-Based Approach 

Our teaching and learning approach builds on the latest in the science of learning and evidence-based learning strategies. Building a strong knowledge base, applying this knowledge to new and authentic problems, and articulating the learning process to illustrate understanding is central to our ethos.

The aim of this, of course, is that every Secondary student has the opportunity to thrive in today’s modern, globalised economy – whatever career path they choose. 

Academic Care 

At GIS, we consider our students’ well-being and happiness equally important to their academic progress and achievement. We know that for a student to have success, a strong support network needs to be in place. That’s why the notion of academic care is central to all that we do. We ensure that every student is supported by outstanding teachers and tutors, and a healthy home-school partnership. 

Wider School Life 

Our Secondary school offers one of the largest co-curricular programmes in South-East Asia, with over 150 different activities and clubs on offer. Our Dragons’ sports teams regularly excel at regional fixtures.

Our Outdoor Education programme involves bespoke residential camp programmes and our annual ‘Discovery Week’ also sees Secondary students travelling across Malaysia to take part in sustainable community work. Many GIS students further challenge themselves by undertaking the International Award (IA) and/or are involved in ongoing service projects throughout each academic year. 

GIS also offers many academic and cultural enrichment opportunities, from MUN (Model United Nations) to regular concerts and productions. Wherever possible, our students are given ownership and leadership roles in such events. 

Indeed, we strive to empower our students to be leaders of the future. We boast an extensive leadership programme which gives students in both Year 10 and Year 12 the chance to lead meaningful projects and enact sustainable change in our community. 

Key Staff

  • Matt Corbett – Head of Secondary
  • Emily Hopkinson – Deputy Head
  • Amy Ward – Deputy Head
  • Dan Norbury – Assistant Head (Key Stage 3) 
  • Laura McGregor – Assistant Head (Key Stage 4) 
  • Lindsay Round – Assistant Head (Key Stage 5)

To learn more about what makes GIS Secondary so special, take a look at our Secondary School Profile here. Even better, get in touch with our friendly admissions team to book your personalised tour and see for yourself how we bring out the best in every child. 

SECONDARY CURRICULUM

The Secondary School curriculum at GIS focuses on supporting young, confident adults to reach their potential in line with our GIS Learner Skills. Students should leave us prepared to face the challenges of university life and beyond.

For the students to flourish we need to create the right kind of learning environment so they are fully supported as they take on the challenges of becoming young adults.

Our focus on involvement outside the classroom alongside academic excellence aims to create the opportunity for students to become world changers in both their local and global communities.

Our courses are designed to meet the academic, personal and cultural needs of our students and better equip them for future challenges, while at the same time creating enjoyable learning environments that inspire and motivate.

Students follow the full range of subjects, which are linked to the National Curriculum of England but modified to create courses appropriate for an international education.

GIS is a registered Cambridge School. We offer a world-class curriculum and international qualifications that are recognised across the world. As part of Cambridge learning community, we work together to develop passionate and committed learners who are prepared for their future. 

KEY STAGE 3


Courses in Drama, Art, Music, Design Technology, ICT, PE, History and Geography are compulsory at Key Stage 3, along with the core subjects of Maths, English and Science that they will continue up to age 16. They can also select two World Languages chosen from Malay, Mandarin, Spanish and French. This extensive curriculum is taught by highly qualified specialist teachers who make full use of the school’s wide-ranging specialist facilities.

Class sizes average around 22. In English, Maths and Languages, classes are arranged so that students are taught in groups of similar ability. This enables students to receive both the challenge and the support necessary for them to make the most effective progress and achieve their potential. Individual mentoring is provided to students by their personal tutors.

There is a structured programme of camps that form an important part of the curriculum. These opportunities outside the classroom are designed to develop interpersonal and leadership skills, environmental awareness, independent learning and time management skills.

As they progress through Key Stage 3, students become self-motivated, independent and enquiring learners and ready to take on the challenge of IGCSE courses.

KEY STAGE 4

INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (IGCSE)

Students follow a full range of courses leading to International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations. Through the expertise and dedication of our teaching staff and the support they provide to our students, GIS consistently achieves excellent results in these examinations.

In Years 10 and 11, all students follow courses in English Language and Literature or English as an Additional Language, Mathematics, Science and PE, in addition to a Global Awareness Project. Students choose a range of subjects suited to their individual aspirations and abilities. There is a detailed guide to the courses available and advice provided by senior teachers in helping students make the best decision.

In Years 7 to 12, students are able to apply to become a Student Leader within one of the nine strands – Learning, Action, Well-being, Positive Education, Green, Digital, Arts, Sport and Mentoring. These Student Leaders form a key part of the decision making process in many areas of the school and recent successes include the highly popular ‘Drop and Go’ scheme, our yearly ‘Happy Week’, and student-led lesson observations.

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At GIS, we bring out the best in everyone, both inside and outside of the classroom through our unique learning culture where we pursue our passions and strive for excellence; all in the spirit of respect, integrity and well being. Speak with us today to start your learning journey with GIS.

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