The International Curriculum

In all Tenby Schools, including Tenby International School Ipoh, we provide high quality international education that prepares your child for success in a challenging, globalised world. Understanding that effective learning is more than just academic achievement, our holistic, evidence-based approach seeks to build an attitude of excellence and develop a habit of independent learning in your child.

However, we also recognise that academic excellence is a key marker of a student’s ability. We are proud to say that we have a strong academic track record, with our students scoring well above international averages.

Curriculum & Assessments

Early Years

An international education begins in the Early Years, where students as young as three years old are encouraged to let their creative and curious minds lead them to everyday learning. Through a play-based approach, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, which is based on the UK’s national curriculum, encourages well-rounded development that includes enhancement of young learners from a personal and social standpoint, through physical development and in terms of improved communication and language skills.


Tenby International School follows a modified English National Curriculum combined with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This dynamic curriculum follows a child-centred, thematic approach that ensures children in Key Stage 1 (5 – 7 years old) and Key Stage 2 (7 – 11 years old) are fully engaged and enjoy the learning process. This is coupled with a rigorous assessment system to ensure that each child progresses well.


Students navigate the Secondary years programme through Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – Year 9) and Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & Year 11), working towards attaining their IGCSEs at the completion of Year 11. Education at this stage aims to develop learners who can succeed academically, emotionally and socially, and this is achieved by adhering to a well-defined Tenby Learner Profile which guides all our Secondary teachers to nurture key soft attributes in students which will serve them well in both work and life.

Sixth Form

Students then have the option to progress to Sixth Form, where they will sit for the internationally-renowned Cambridge A Levels. At this stage, students will be given a lot of freedom to choose the subjects and activities they enjoy. This is the opportunity for them to exercise the life skills and responsibility they have developed in previous years. Small classes ensure close personal attention from teachers, who act as mentors and guides along the student’s journey towards university and full adulthood.

To see a full list of subjects offered in the international curriculum, please download our prospectus.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

While academic performance is important, success in life requires personal qualities that goes beyond academics. As such, we are always striving to provide students with a breadth and depth of learning experiences. This involves encouraging our students to actively participate in the life of the school, whether in academic or pastoral pursuits. Being an active member of the school community also helps them to discover new things about themselves as well as the people and the world around them.

Some of the unique avenues for learning your child could enjoy include:

  • Personal development events and camps (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award, STEAM Fair, Model United Nations, overseas trips and thematic camps)
  • Competitive and non-competitive events (Sports, Robotics, English, Pets DayWater Play Day, Tenby Got Talents, Arts Day and so much more)
  • Social responsibility activities (e.g. eco fairs, environmental initiatives, charity events, recycling activities and more)
  • And a wide variety of stimulating co-curricular activities

As students stretch themselves, they often face struggle and failure, which we regard as valuable learning experiences on the road to success. However, we strive to create an environment where students feel safe to take challenges. Our purpose is to constantly create opportunities for your child to experience all-rounded learning – academic, social, personal and physical – at a level that they amaze even themselves because they had achieved what they never thought was possible before. Through this process, your child will eventually develop the resilience and confidence needed for success in life.

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