The curriculum


In the Senior School we aim:

  • To inspire all pupils in our inclusive, diverse community, encouraging and fostering tolerance and respect for all.
  • To challenge pupils to take risks in their learning and support them in their educational journey, within and beyond the curriculum, to unlock their full and unique potential.
  • To develop creative, independent and innovative learners.

General overview

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; each year group has two form entry up to the Sixth form.

At all levels, the statutory 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

Key Stage 4 (KS4) is a two year (Years 10 and 11) programme leading to external GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education).

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 2018-19

Sixth Form

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.

Click here for the Sixth Form Prospectus which gives information about the courses available for 2018-19.

Examinations

The British School of Amsterdam is an accredited centre for the following awarding bodies:

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.

Well done to class of 2018 for a set of great A Level results and top university places!

20 pupils took final A level examinations this year. In 2018 the students achieved a 100% pass rate in the following subjects: Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Dutch, Economics, French, Geography, Global Perspectives, History, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Music , Physics and Spanish. We have continued the “tradition” of A* grades for pupils attaining the Extended Project Qualification.

The British School Sixth Formers achieved an overall 96% pass rate with 36% achieving A* or A, and 63% achieving A* to B. 82% of all A Level passes were at A* to C.

Mrs Mulhall, Head of the Senior School, commented, “I am extremely proud of the hard work, from both staff and pupils, and achievement shown in these results. We set challenging target grades for our pupils and the vast majority have met or exceed these grades enabling them to gain entry to their first choice universities. On results day 83% of pupils had attained their first choice university place"

University destinations, to date, of the Class of 2018

United Kingdom
Goldsmiths, University of London (Journalism)
*London School of Economics (Economics)
Royal Holloway, University of London (Music)
*University of Edinburgh (Russian Studies and Politics, International Business with French)
University of Plymouth (Computing)
*University of Warwick (Economics)
*The Russell Group represent the 24 leading UK universities

The Netherlands
Erasmus University College Rotterdam (Liberal Arts and Sciences)
University of Amsterdam (Business, Business and Economics, Physics and Astronomy)
University of Rotterdam (Econometrics)
University of Tilburg (International Business)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Computer Science)

Israel
Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music (partnered with Berklee College, USA) (Music)

For information about previous university destinations please click here.

Congratulations for the best ever IGCSE results!

The Year 11 pupils for 2018 have achieved an excellent set of results that they should be rightly proud of. These are the best every results achieved for IGCSE. The pupils sit a combination of IGCSEs and GCSEs. The majority of subjects taken at are IGCSE that use grades A* to G. The majority of GCSE subjects in England now use the new grades of 9 to 1. We are thrilled that eight pupils achieved a staggering 8 or more grades at A*/A/ or 9/8/7! Well done to all the pupils and to the staff who have worked so hard to get these grades.


A LEVEL RESULTS


2018


2017


2016


2015


2014

A*

19%

12%

18%

8% 15%

A* or A

36%

25%

43%

26% 29%

A

16%

12%

25%

18% 15%

B

27%

24%

20%

25% 17%

A*, A or B

63%

49%

63%

51% 46%

A* to C

82%

75%

79%

61% 71%

Pass

96%

97%

98%

94% 90

No. of examinations

92

78

87

62 41

IGCSE & GCSE RESULTS


2018


2017


2016


2015


2014

A* or A (9 to 7)

46%

29%

42%

32%

34%

A*, A or B (9 to 6)

88%

64%

65%

63%

66%

A* to C (9 to 4)

88%

88%

83%

83%

87%

Pass

99%

99%

100%

100%

100%

No. of examinations

312

294.5

296

224

282