In National Curriculum Years 7 to 9 specialist teachers deliver a balanced programme broadly based on the English National Curriculum, but with additional factors such as the introduction of the three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in Year 9 and the availability of two modern languages (French and Spanish). Pupils of non-Spanish nationality study Spanish as a second language until such time as they are able to integrate into Lengua classes. All pupils are expected to follow courses in Spanish Language, Literature, Spanish Culture and the local language, Valencian, according to the curriculum set by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Assessment based on National Curriculum levels continues to be used and students progress is monitored accordingly by the Head of Secondary School, assisted by the Assistant Head of Secondary (Academic) and Year Group Leaders. King’s College keeps abreast of all curriculum developments in progress in the UK and pursues those policies best suited to the students’ needs. Senior staff from KCA are currently working with other King’s Group schools to agree a new assessment mechanism that reflects the changes that have been implemented in England.
Choices at 14-16 (Years 10 to 11)
The curriculum for age 14-16 is fundamentally the same as in English schools. All students study up to nine subjects in preparation for the award of (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education. (I)GCSE is a highly regarded qualification which is accredited by OfQual and currently examined, in our school, by CIE, Pearson and AQA
All students are required to study GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics, at least one science and Spanish. In addition, they have a certain freedom to choose four subjects which they prefer and which will be most useful for their future career. All pupils are also required to study Spanish Culture and the Valencian Language, as well as non-examined courses in Physical Education, PSHE and Enrichment.
Choices at 16-18 (Years 12 to 13)
Access to Year 12 and 13 is not automatic and is based on performance at GCSE level, coupled with a pupil’s behavioural history and attitudes to study. There is a large change in the number of subjects students in Years 12 and 13 are expected to take, which averages three or four per student. Pupils are prepared for “A level” examinations at the end of Year 13, with an interim exam called “AS” used in Year 12 as a measure of a student’s progress to-date. In order to study a subject in Year 12 our normal entrance requirements are an A grade in the subject at GCSE. As well as traditional A levels our pupils are also expected to take formal classes in English (including examinations at First, Advanced and Proficiency level) and continue to study Spanish over Years 12 and 13 if they are native speakers.