Secondary

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 at St Julian’s provides students with a diverse curriculum which both expands and deepens their understanding of the world around them.

In addition to traditional subjects, the curriculum also includes more innovative subjects such as Opening Minds in Year 7 and Enrichment in Years 8 & 9. We provide a dynamic and challenging curriculum, with an emphasis on learning both collaboratively and independently and through constructing meaning for themselves through creative problem-solving and establishing links to the wider world, in our aim to ensure that our students are able to take risks in their learning to enable the development of independence and responsibility.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad and enriching and acts as a vital foundation for our students’ future learning. It consists of:

A core of Maths, English, Portuguese and Science;
Humanities, taught as History & Geography;
One additional Modern Language (French or German, chosen by the student)
Six practical / creative subjects (Art, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Design & Technology, Music and PE);
Enrichment & Opening Minds: a cross-curricular course specific to Year 7, aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary learning;
Personal, Social & Health Education encouraging pupils to reflect on their own personal, social, emotional and intellectual development.

In Key Stage 3, all of our students are provided with an iPad to support, enhance and transform their learning - please see our technology page to find out more.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 is a two-year course, culminating in the award of the formal end of compulsory education in the British education system with a set of qualifications, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), that are designed for internationally educated students. We offer up to 10 individual courses that are assessed through external examination set by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel which enable the transfer to Key Stage 5 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB DP).

 

St Julian’s bespoke KS4 curriculum comprises a core which is central to the development of a St Julian’s learner, including the study of English Language (and Literature), Science (Triple or Double Award), Mathematics, and an additional language (from Portuguese, German or French) in addition to the non-examined courses of PE, Critical Thinking, Outdoor Education,  PSHE and a Research Project; each of which ensure that our curriculum is relevant, stimulating and truly international. 

 

In addition to the core, each student is able to shape their own curriculum through option choices in Year 9, allowing them to pursue their passions and excel in their chosen areas of study; our students choose their subjects from a wide range of subjects including Geography, History, Business Studies, Art and Design, Drama, Design Technology, ICT, Computer Science and Music.

 

Overall, our programme is carefully designed to ensure students experience a balanced academic and co-curricular programme which help to nurture collaborative and independent learning that enables students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding, and to feel comfortable making, and learning from mistakes through taking risks, resulting in our students becoming resilient and prepared to take on future challenges.

 

Assessment is both formative and summative and designed to allow students to improve in addition to allowing teachers to adapt their teaching strategies to ensure that all students are challenged and supported in their learning. For many subjects, regular tests of skills, knowledge and understanding will also be used but these will always be used formatively to able student self-reflection and improvement.

 

At the end of Year 10, and after the first term in Year 11, students will sit examinations in a setting that enables an authentic experience of the formal examination process that they will encounter for the IGCSE examinations at the end of the course. In Year 11, these ‘mock’ exams will help to support the concluding round of feedback to ensure success in the final, externally assessed, IGCSE examinations.

 

The use of technology is supported through our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and all of our students are expected to bring a device of their choice to support, enhance and transform their learning. Google Drive and Google Classroom are used regularly to support learning. 

IB Diploma

St Julian’s was the first school in Portugal to offer the IB Diploma Programme in 1986.

The IB approaches to teaching and learning underpin the St Julian’s pedagogy and our approaches to learning through our 10 St Julian’s Learning Essentials. All subjects are taught by qualified, IB-trained and experienced staff. The size of teaching groups is kept small, thus enabling high-quality student-teacher relationships and more individual attention. Students enjoy a safe and stimulating environment which encourages them to take risks in their own learning, an important attribute of the IB Learner Profile. Collaborative and independent learning are fostered through a variety of group activities relevant to the subject and context.

The IB Diploma Coordinator oversees and guides students in their choice of IB subjects and, together with the personal tutors and teachers, monitors student progress throughout the programme.
We have a strong pastoral care programme with a personal tutor system, each tutor group comprising approximately 12 to 14 students.


The guidance team also includes the Head of Careers, who designs and assists students through career and university counselling, organises programmes exist to prepare students for university life, and visits by university admissions teams and specialists in other areas. St Julian’s is proud of the achievement of its students and their record of entrance to some of the best universities in the world. Almost 100% go on to attend universities in the UK, Portugal and other countries in Europe, Canada and the United States. The school has been able to obtain excellent university and college placements for students by both maximising their potential and through a thorough knowledge of university entrance systems.


Assessment in IB is both formative and summative. For the majority of subjects, formal assessment is through externally set and marked IB Diploma examinations in conjunction with coursework in the form of Individual Assessments (IAs). At the end of Year 12 and after the first term of Year 13, students will sit examinations in a setting that enables an authentic experience of the formal examination process that they will encounter for the IB Diploma examinations at the end of the course. In Year 13, these ‘mock’ exams will help to support the concluding round of feedback to ensure success in the final, externally assessed IB Diploma examinations.

The use of technology is supported through our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and all of our students are expected to bring a device of their choice to support, enhance and transform their learning. Google Drive and Google Classroom are used regularly to support learning.

IB DP Entry Requirements

Students wishing to take the IB programme at St Julian’s must meet the minimum entry requirements - six grade C’s at IGCSE or the equivalent. However, some subjects will require at least B or A/A* to study at Higher Level.

All students undertake the full IB Diploma programme and take their final IB DP examinations in the May session.


Link to IB DP subject options available at St Julian’s School.


IB Diploma Core subjects: ToK, CAS & EE
The start of the IB Diploma course begins in Year 12 with a very successful and exciting five-day trip to Granada where students are inducted into key aspects of ToK (Theory of Knowledge), CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) and the IB Learner Profile, and learn the importance of becoming independent, inquiring, responsible learners and global citizens.

Throughout the two-year course, students participate in a wide range of activities in the school’s CAS programme. These activities include sports, art, drama and music sessions, among others. Voluntary service is carried out in a range of centres in the community, many of which the school has had links with for many years. Experiential learning plays a key role in community service.

Students are introduced to the Extended Essay (EE) in the second term of Year 12. They are guided through the process by the EE Co-ordinator and each student has an essay supervisor, a subject specialist, who monitors and advises the student on a regular basis.


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Extra-curricular Activities and Educational Trips

Students are given the opportunity to take part in a range of trips and educational visits both within Portugal and abroad. These include MUN conferences, Theatre trips, Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions (Gold, Silver), Ski trips, visits to local art galleries and museums, to name but a few.

Various sports leagues provide for competitions between the international schools in Portugal and abroad. Students can also take part in Literary or Debating clubs, as well as in a number of House events.
The Students’ Council and Prefect system offer IB students the opportunity to take on leadership roles within the school.

 

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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.