The Broad Curriculum
As well as the obvious, we have some broader developmental aims that are focussed on the whole character of our pupils:
- To inspire all pupils in our inclusive, diverse, community, encouraging tolerance and respect for all
- To challenge pupils to take risks in their learning which will enhance their educational journey, within and beyond the curriculum
- To develop independent, bold learners
The Senior School broadly follows the National Curriculum for schools in England. Years 7 to 9 follow the Key Stage 3 Curriculum. Years 10 and 11 study a combination of IGCSEs and GCSEs and the Sixth form follows the A Level programme. The School has pupils from 47 different nationalities. We currently have two- or three-form entry.
At all levels, our curriculum is enhanced by extra-curricular activities in sport, music and drama. We ensure our pupils have opportunities for investigative and independent learning, outdoor learning educational visits, team work and leadership activities.
Our Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme helps pupils develop the life skills they need to lead healthy, confident and fulfilling lives as responsible citizens with a global and environmental awareness. We actively promote fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 (KS3) is comprised of three year groups, Years 7, 8 and 9.
At the beginning of their secondary education, starting in Year 7, pupils study a wide variety of subjects. At The British School up to the end of Key Stage 3 (age 14), all pupils follow the same core curriculum, which includes: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Computing, Physical Education, Music, Art, Drama and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).
Pupils also select two Modern Foreign Languages from French, Spanish, German or Dutch. For pupils whose native language is not English there is an opportunity to choose English as an Additional Language (EAL) or Drama. For our native Dutch pupils we offer a Native Dutch language course.
Key Stage 4
Pupils follow a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
In addition a further four subjects are chosen by pupils. Subjects studied in Key Stage 3 are offered, alongside Business Studies and Media Studies.
Click here for the GCSE Course Guide for 2021-22.
Sixth Form (Key Stage 5)
In the Sixth Form, comprising of Years 12 and 13, at the British School of Amsterdam all pupils have the opportunity to succeed to their fullest potential. Each and every pupil will come to the Sixth Form, following their Key Stage 4 studies either with us or from a range of other countries and curricular background with the aim of being able to progress into Higher Education.
There are no compulsory subjects, and, after counselling, pupils select up to 5 appropriate subjects to study in Year 12 (AS). We offer a diverse range of A Level courses from the Arts, Languages, Humanities, Sciences and Mathematics. Pupils are then required to continue into Year 13, taking at least 3 of their subjects (A2) to gain the full A-Levels. GCE Advanced Level courses are made up of a number of units. Most units are assessed by examination, though some are assessed as coursework.
In our increasingly competitive and globalised world, given the challenge that is ahead of our pupils, we ensure that resilience, aspiration, leadership and well-being are nurtured in all of our Sixth Formers. A Levels remain the ‘gold standard’ in education and pupils who are successful will hear university doors and career opportunities opening around the world.
The British School of Amsterdam is an accredited centre for the following awarding bodies:
- Cambridge International Examinations
- Pearson (formerly Edexcel)
- Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
- Oxford and Cambridge RSA (OCR)
This enables us to choose the most appropriate syllabus for each subject to suit our students.
Regular inspections occur during each examination period to ensure our examinations are conducted appropriately. As a non-selective school our pupils to attain excellent examination results. We hold exams once a year in May/June.
University destinations, to date, of the Class of 2020
- *Durham University (Business Management)
- *King’s College London, University of London (Economics)
- *King’s College London, University of London (Music)
- Leeds Arts University (Graphic Design)
- *London School of Economics and Political Science (Law)
- *University of Birmingham (Politics and Economics)
- University of Stirling (Film and Media)
- University of St Andrews (Computer Science)
- St. Martin's College (Art Foundation)
*The Russell Group represent the 24 leading UK universities
- Amsterdam Fashion School (BA Fashion)
- Amsterdam University College (Liberal Arts and Science)
- Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Communication and Multimedia Design)
- Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Creative Business)
- Hotelschool The Hague (Business Management)
- Leiden University (Law)
- Tilburg University (Global Law)
- TU Delft (Computer Science & Engineering)
- University of Amsterdam (Business Administration)
- University of Amsterdam (Communication Science)
- University of Amsterdam (Psychology)
- University of Groningen (Psychology)
- University of Groningen (International and European Law)
- University of Groningen (Industrial Engineering and Management)
- University of Groningen (Computer Science)
- Willem de Koning Academie (Architecture)
Airways Aviation Academy Montpellier (ATPL Integrated Course)
Hotel institute Montreux (Hotel management and Business)
In 2019, 40 pupils took GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11 and have be awarded some outstanding results. With most of the subjects now being awarded grades 9 to 1, 32% of grades were 9 or 8 (A*), with over half of our pupils (53%) getting a 9, 8 or 7 (A*/A) grades across the subjects. Notably 13 of our pupils (Phillipe, Adit, Luca, Debrup, Zofia, Rachel, Rafael, Boris, Hope, Maria, Alina, Varsha and Aam) obtained the very top grades 9, 8 or 7 (A*/A) in eight or more of their GCSE subjects. 77% of pupils achieved grades 9 to 6 (A* to B) with 94% achieving 9 to 4 (A* to C).
Mrs Mulhall, Head of the Senior School said "Well done to all our Year 11 pupils and their teachers who have worked hard to achieve these results."
IGCSE & GCSE RESULTS
9 to 7 (A* or A)
9 to 6 (A*, A or B)
9 to 4 (A* to C)
No. of examinations