Secondary – International Curriculum

In our Secondary years programme at Tenby International School, students navigate 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. This is an important stage in education where students will mature towards becoming responsible young adults, and we encourage them to be resilient, ambitious individuals who take responsibility for their decisions and their future.

Academic achievement is certainly important throughout this crucial stage in education. However, Secondary is also about developing the whole person. It is at this stage that Amazing Learning moves beyond the classroom and makes a greater impact on the character of students, and we develop a set of attributes found in the ‘Tenby Learner Profile’ that guide the development of students with the right values to succeed beyond school life.

Curriculum & Areas of Learning

We follow the National Curriculum for England in a variety of subjects throughout the Secondary years.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3, all students will study the following:

  • Agama (offered to all Muslim students)
  • Art & Design
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology (D&T)
  • Drama
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) - all students will study Malay plus one of either French or Chinese
  • Music
  • Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Economics
  • Science

Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to specialise in certain subject areas where they have a strong interest. With four compulsory subjects - Mathematics, English Literature, English Language and at least one Science subject - students are able to choose from the following possible options, of which a wide selection are offered on a yearly basis.

  • Art & Design
  • Malay (students with a Malaysian passport must select this)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Chinese (Mandarin) or French as Second Language
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology - Resistant Materials
  • Design and Technology - Graphic Products
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education

At the end of Key Stage 4, students sit for the leading internationally renowned and recognised qualification, the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations.

Areas of Development

Teachers play a key role in Secondary education. In addition to providing a support system for independent learning, it is their responsibility to set the right targets for students, provide personalised feedback and ensure that students internalise the right reflections and good habits from their learning.

In todays changing world, however, not all learning is knowledge-based or even specific subject-based. While academic achievement is a key goal in Secondary education, students will eventually be in competition against similarly successful candidates for university places and careers, and need to stand out from the crowd.

In order to communicate this to students and to be able to explicitly refer to these softer attributes that students should acquire, we created the Tenby Learner Profile. It consists of the following 10 attributes that we feel our learners develop over their time here and provides an all-round profile that allows them to be successful in whatever they choose to do in life. Developing these traits early in Secondary education is key to set the foundation for further development in later years.


A Tenby Learner is…

  • Responsible

  • An Effective Communicator

  • Resilient

  • Compassionate

  • Interdependent

  • Confident

  • Resourceful

  • Internationally Minded

  • Reflective

  • Inquisitive

Our aim is to develop holistic learners who get better - academically, socially, emotionally and more - through good struggle inside and outside the classroom, and become independent, self-motivated individuals ready for the next step in their educational journey.

Outside The Classroom

For Secondary students, and Key Stage 4 students in particular, we strongly encourage being active in the broader school community in order to broaden their perspective on life.

In addition to co-curricular activities , students have many opportunities to step out of their comfort zone and take responsibility. Residential trips develop camaraderie and teamwork skills in peer group settings, while sports teams allow leadership and organisational skills to thrive. Students also explore their potential through prefectorial roles, participating in musical or dramatic production, taking part in the Student Council and many, many more opportunities.

Secondary students also participate in our C.A.S.E programme, which gives them the opportunity for development in the areas of Creativity, Action, Service and Enrichment. Under the C.A.S.E programme, students are expected to build a portfolio in line with these four key outcomes by participating in leadership opportunities, sports events and teams, community service activities, the arts, life skills workshops and more. Aside from enabling growth as a person, the nurturing of these non-academic skills gives students an advantage when applying for university.

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