Curricular

Curriculum at St. Julian’s: International Section

The International Section at St Julian’s is autonomous and independent, enjoying freedom of choice in terms of its curriculum and schemes of work.

From Nursery (age 3+) to Year 11 (age 16+) we choose to model our curricula on those currently mandated to schools in England by the UK Department for Education.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) embraces the two years of Nursery and Reception, ages three to five.

Thereafter, students progress through the ‘Key Stages’ of the curriculum as follows:

 

Key Stage

School Year

Student Age

Key Stage One

Years 1 and 2

Ages five to seven

Key Stage Two

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Ages seven to eleven

Key Stage Three

Years 7, 8 and 9

Ages eleven to fourteen

Key Stage Four

Years 10 and 11

Ages fourteen to sixteen

 

The English national curriculum is not a rigidly centralized system, and schools have considerable freedom to modify content and timing according to their particular context and the specific needs of their students.

At St Julian’s the curriculum is adapted to our location in Portugal and to the international nature of our student body, and enriched by our own curriculum development strategies.

At the end of Key Stage Four, students take a series of public examinations in a combination of ‘core’ and ‘elective’ subjects, known as the General Certificate of Secondary Education. These are the examinations taken by thousands of students of the same age in the UK and the wider English-speaking world, at the end of their obligatory Secondary Education.

After age 16, St Julian’s prepares students for University by departing from the British model and offering courses leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Entrance to the Diploma course is the only point at which the school is selective in its admissions policy: students are expected to have achieved six grades A* to C at GCSE level, or to have reached a comparable level of achievement in other systems.

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ur purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.