Welcome to the Ascot Secondary Years
The Secondary school at Ascot encompasses Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 or ages 12 – 18 culminating in
the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The courses of study are built on solid foundations received in the primary school. Topics are revisited; ideas reinforced and extended, all within the framework of the National Curriculum for England and Wales, which is adapted to reflect our unique position.
At the heart of the Secondary school is the pastoral system, which is underpinned by a comprehensive PSHE program and weekly assemblies, when students get the opportunity to celebrate accomplishments and reflect on the week, as well as preparing for the one ahead.
Students study a range of subjects in Years 7, 8, and 9 (Key Stage 3) from Mathematics to Creative Arts and Geography to Mandarin. These are outlined in the curriculum guides. Our focus is to provide a broad and balanced education for our students.
Towards the end of Key Stage 3, students will choose from a variety of optional subjects to study in more detail at IGCSE level culminating in external examinations from the UK taken in May and June. These then lead onto our internationally recognized and respected IB Diploma Programme that prepares our students for university life.
In addition, there are many opportunities for extra curricular activities after school spanning sporting, cultural and academic clubs, a wide selection of sports teams and residential trips every year.
It is important to remember Ascot is an International School and intercultural learning is an important aspect we try to reflect. Outside speakers, residential trips and festivals such as International Day all help students understand and appreciate the world around them.
At Ascot we have a very strong and supportive pastoral system that is designed to support our
students’ emotional, personal and academic growth. At the heart of this is the tutor; each student is assigned to a tutor who will meet the students at the start of the day during the registration period. They will also meet together on Friday for an hour during which time the students will attend a secondary assembly. In this one hour period, tutors will give out notices, set targets and check for students’ progress. After assessments, tutors will analyse results and performance in order to assist students in their improvement.
In addition there is a Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) lesson which is one hour and timetabled with in the school day.
If there are any issues that need to be addressed, subject teachers will contact tutors who will coordinate the appropriate response, which may be communicating with parents or the Head of Secondary.
KS3 (Year 7-9)
In Year 7, pupils make the transition from Upper Primary to Secondary School. The Secondary School covers Key Stage 3 which covers pupils aged between 12-14 years old (Years 7-9), Key Stage 4 which covers pupils 14-16 (Years 10 and 11) and Key Stage 5 which covers pupils 17-18 (Years 12 and 13) in the IB Diploma Programme.
Supporting the transition to Secondary
The transition from Primary to Secondary is an important one and involves many changes. In order to support this transition, a presentation is made to students in June and students follow a ‘taster day’ timetable when they follow a sample Year 7 timetable. In the final term of Year 6, students will be exposed to the KS3 curriculum in the main subject areas in preparation for the move to secondary In addition, tutor groups are deliberately kept small so that tutors can spend time getting to know and supporting students. A report will be sent to parents during the first 6 weeks of term.
Curriculum and timetable
The Key Stage 3 curriculum for years 7, 8 and 9 is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Modifications are made to reflect the fact that Ascot is an international school in Thailand.
Students study the following subjects:
|History||Geography||Art & Music|
|Personal and Social Education||Physical Education||Thai|
*In Year 7 students will take a social studies course which replaces History, Geography and ICT.
The timetable is composed of 6 hour long lessons per day, making a total of 30 lessons per week.
Ascot Students and English
Success in English is crucial if students are to access the curriculum, and English is given a greater time allocation than other subjects.
Homework is set to extend, refine and reinforce knowledge and will complement work done in class. All students have homework every day, they should review the work from the day. In addition, assignments are set by teachers, the minimum in KS3 is: KS3 English, Maths, Science – 2 per week. Other subjects 1 per week.
There are two kinds of assessment used in Key Stage 3:
1. Formative – this is based on work done in class, answering questions, practical work, homework, presentations, discussions, etc.
2. Summative – this is based on examinations at the end of the year or end of topic tests.
Reports are written twice a year and use the National Curriculum grades for England and Wales.
Achievement is measured according to National Curriculum level descriptors; most students receive a level 5 by the end of Year 9.
KS4 (Year 10-11)
The curriculum, what is taught and learnt, at Ascot is at the core of everything we do. There are many ways of driving this curriculum, and a tour of our classrooms will show the variety of exciting learning and teaching methods that are used each day.
Ascot is an international school and at Key Stage 4 (KS4) we follow the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) syllabuses; embedded in these is a respect for different cultures and backgrounds.
The philosophy behind the curriculum is to provide a broad and balanced course of study that extends and challenges our students. It is also flexible enough to offer a wide range of choices for the post Year 11 phase of students’ education.
The curriculum for Years 10 and 11 follows the Cambridge IGCSE:
Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds, making it globally recognised.
|Compulsory Examination Courses||In Addition, Student will choose two subject from below|
|Science (2 IGCSE)||English Literature||Art|
|Business Studies or Economics|
|Compulsory non-examination courses|
|Thai Learning and Calture|
|Personal and Social Education|
These choices are made in Term 2 of Year 9 before the Songkran holiday.
The timetable is composed of 6 hour long lessons per day, making a total of 30 lessons per week. Each IGCSE subject is allocated 3 hours per IGCSE except for English which is allocated 4 hours.
Ascot Students and English
Students will study English as a second language at Key Stage 4 . Some students will sit the examination in Year 10. Any first language speakers will be given extra classes in order to extend their skills in this area.
There are two kinds of assessment used in Key Stage 4:
1. Formative assessments which are on-going assessments, reviews, and observations in a classroom. Teachers use formative assessment to improve instructional methods and student feedback throughout the teaching and learning process.
2. Summative assessments are typically used to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional programs . These take the form of examinations and tests at the end of the topic or during examinations weeks.
Mock examinations are set at the end of January in Year 11, and give students the opportunity to experience formal IGCSE conditions in advance of the real examinations in term 3. These also provide valuable information to the teachers on the potential of the students and what areas of the curriculum need reinforcement.
Reports are sent home in December and June every year. There are 2 grades on the reports, a grade for effort and a grade for attainment. The attainment grade is known as the currently working at grade (CWA). This shows where a student is performing based on national curriculum levels. In the case of IGCSE or IB grades this indicates what a student would likely get if they continued at their current level.
Students will also receive a target from each subject. This will highlight something they need to work on in order to improve their attainment grade. All attainment grades are explained fully in the reports so parents are well informed in our reporting and assessment process.
KS5 (Years 12-13)
Ascot is an International Baccalaureate World School. Ascot introduced the IB Diploma Programme in August 2016 for students in Years 12 and 13. This bridges the gap between IGCSEs and University.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)
The IB DP is an internationally recognized qualification that is accepted worldwide and is highly regarded among the elite universities.
There is an element of coursework as well as formal exams which will take place at the end of Year 13. Ascot is proud to be one of the growing number of International schools in Thailand and Asia to offer the IB DP.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Our programme encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
It is a challenging programme of international education and rigorous assessment.
The IB is different from other curricula because:
- It encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told
- It is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from
a range of international frameworks and curricula
- It encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.
Unlike other programs such as A level and AP, the IB diploma gives not just a thorough academic preparation for university but it also has critical thinking and research skills embedded throughout the course. An IB student graduates as an independent learner ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow as a global citizen.
More information on the IB programme can be found at www.ibo.org
Students in KS5 are young adults and are treated differently from lower down in the school; they have special privileges:
– No school uniform , but are expected to dress in smart ‘business attire’.
– Personal study periods throughout the day so they do not have a full timetable. This allows them to do independent study in the research library.
– A Student lounge where students can unwind during their personal study periods as well as break and lunch. There are computers in there for working and comfortable chairs for reading.
– Students have a flexible timetable which allows them to plan their study around their deadlines. They are not constrained to the same procedures as students lower down the school.
As part of our enrichment programme, students have the opportunity to take part in various activities related to the curriculum in secondary. These bring subject areas alive with fun activities and competition. This year these events have included:
- Battle of the Bands
- Ascot’s Got Talent – talent competition
- House Colours Day
- International Day
- Student Council Events