The Secondary School is divided into three distinct phases:
Key Stage 3: students aged 11-14 years
MySchool uses many of the effective principles applied in the Primary School; once again adopting an ‘integrated curriculum’ approach. Educational research shows that the brains of young adults take in multiple pieces of information at once and innately attempt to make links. Learning concepts in isolation in distinct subject areas is far less effective and indeed somewhat unnatural. Students in Key Stage 3 are expected to show an increasing level of independence and proactivity towards their work developing the key personal skills that will aid them well in life. The curriculum is very much not the limit of learning.
Key Stage 4: students aged 14-16 years
MySchool will launch this phase in September 2020 as the school expands naturally year by year. Key Stage 4 will be a 2-year programme during which students complete GCSE courses (General Certificate of Secondary Education; equivalent to the Spanish ‘Certificado de ESO’). At the end of the courses students will sit external examinations set by the official examinations boards that exist in the UK in order to gain recognised qualifications. The newly reformed GCSEs on the 9-1 scale are ever more demanding and it is essential that students have a proficient level of English before embarking on these courses.
Key Stage 5: students aged 16-18 years
Key Stage 5 will be the final stage of MySchool’s expansion and will commence from September 2022 as our first cohort reaches 16 years of age. Similarly to Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 students will engage in a 2-year programme, this time with students sitting A Level examinations at the end of the 2 years (Advanced Level; equivalent to the Spanish Bachillerato). These are external examinations set by the UK examinations boards in order to gain recognised qualifications. A Levels are recognised all over the world and provide the possibility to enter all top universities in multiple countries. Some universities in the UK accept applications with specific A Level grades whereas other ask for a specific number of ‘UCAS’ points which students gain with the A Level grades. In other countries, for example Spain, a simple convalidation takes places in order to convert A Level grades to the local grading system used for university entry.