Students study the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) for three years. The MYP builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet future academic challenges, including IGCSE, BTEC and the IB Diploma Programme (DP).
Teaching and learning in the MYP is framed by inquiry, action and reflection. Or more simply asking, doing and thinking. Students will be taught by subject specialists across the eight learning areas to enable students to engage in purposeful inquiry in a robust academic setting.
Each topic is concept driven and set within a global context. Conceptual learning focuses on organizing ideas that have relevance within and across subject groups. Concepts help to integrate learning for the student and deepen disciplinary understanding while building capacity to engage with complex ideas and apply them in new situations. Global contexts in planning and teaching helps students engage in purposeful learning by providing relevance and meaning of how their learning fits into the world.
The MYP framework has 8 equally weighted subject groups and students are expected to study from each of the groups.
All students enrolled in year 3 of the MYP are expected to complete the Community Project. The Community Project is completed over the course of one year and is a significant piece of self-directed inquiry driven by the students’ own interests and creativity. It is an opportunity to consolidate and celebrate learning. Over the course of the year, students are expected to demonstrate learning by investigating, planning, taking action and reflecting as they carry out sustained inquiry into a need within the community. Students will need to communicate effectively in a variety of situations and demonstrate responsible action. The final outcome will be in the form of a presentation and exhibition. The Community Project is assessed using assessment criteria prescribed by the IB. These criteria cover Investigating, Planning, Taking Action and Reflecting. Each criterion is marked out of 8, with 8 showing the student has achieved the highest level. A supervising teacher is appointed to each student completing the Community Project. The supervising teacher provides guidance and feedback on the process and completion of the project and ensures the project is safe to carry out. Supervising teachers will carry out standardization exercises to ensure projects and students are assessed fairly. Marks will be shared with students.
Our interactive and collaborative approach to teaching allows our students to become intellectually curious and fulfil the IBO Learner Profile in an academically rigorous context.
For more information on the MYP
Students study core subjects and four options.
In Year 10 &11 students may study one of the following Level 2 qualifications:
BTEC Business Technology Education Council
IGCSEInternational General Certificate of Secondary Education
GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education
The school offers the qualification that meets our student’s needs and is felt to be the best preparation for future learning. All courses have equal standing. All classes are taught by specialist teachers.
For more information on the subjects on offer in years 10 and 11
Students either study a broad based International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme(IBDP) or specialise in one or two areas through studying Level 3 BTEC. IBDP and BTEC classes are capped at 16. These small classes enable students to grow as learners in a supportive and nurturing learning environment.
We currently offer the following 3 extended BTEC programmes or combinations of Diploma and Subsiduary subjects to make up 18 units.
For more information on BTEC
International Baccalaureate Diploma
The IB Diploma consists of 6 optional subjects and 3 core subjects (Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service). The optional subjects are split into 6 groups – in general terms students must take one subject from each of the first 5 groups and one additional subject from group 6 or elsewhere. There are some exceptions to this and these are shown below. Most subjects are offered at Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL). Students must choose 3 HL and 3 SL subjects. All students take the 3 core subjects. The diagram illustrates how this works:
(others are possible but would need to be discussed)
One subject from Group 1 -6
One subject from Group 1 – 5 and a final subject from Group 1 – 5
One subject from Group 1,2,5, plus the ESS and two subjects from Group 6
One subject from Group 1,2 5, plus the ESS and a final subject from either Group 3 or 4
It is not recommended to take more than one new subject
Do not take an ab initio language as an ‘easy’ option
You should not study both Business and Economics
The Language dept have clear recommendations (see relevant information on Lionel)
KGV Currently Offers: [HL – Higher Level; SL – Standard Level]
* Environmental Systems and Societies is a cross disciplinary subject which means if you choose this subject it meets the requirements of both a Group 3 and a Group 4 subject in one choice.
For more information on IBDP
For more information on the options for year 12 and 13 students