In Key Stage 3, students study English, Mathematics, Science, French, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Art, Performing Arts and Physical Education. Egyptian students also study Arabic, Religion and National Social Studies, in preparation for the Ibtediya and Adadiya examinations. Arabic as a Second Language courses are followed by foreign students. More detail about the curriculum for individual subjects can be found at Key Stage 3 curriculum online.
Please click here to view the Year 7 Handbook
Each subject is assessed using the ‘Levels’ of the National Curriculum. These Levels are linked to subject skills and knowledge. Teachers use different forms of assessment throughout the year to measure and assess students’ progress. Parents are informed of student’s progress on four occasions during the year in two ‘short reports’, which contain National Curriculum Levels and Targets and information about effort and behaviour, and two ‘long reports’ which also provide written information about achievement and how to meet targets. More detail about KS3 subject attainment targets and level descriptors can be found at KS3 National Curriculum Levels.
Students are also assessed in Year 7 and Year 9 using computer generated CEM baseline tasks. The assessments are standardised with students from schools in the UK and around the world, and give teachers information about student’s ability and skills rather than simply content knowledge.
All students at El Alsson are required to use the Online Learning Environment (OLE) to access homework and subject resources. The OLE also has vital information for students about school activities and events. The OLE can be found at http://www.myalsson.org/
Information about school expectations, equipment and uniform can be found in the student handbooks at Year 7 Handbook and Years 8 and 9 Handbook.
In Year 9, students and their parents are given counseling in order to choose the most appropriate GCSE courses to follow in preparation for their future entry into universities. The school has minimum requirements for progression from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4, which can be found in the School progression policy .