Dubai British School follows the UK National Curriculum throughout the Secondary School Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. At KS4 students take their GCSE examinations and in KS5 they will sit their A-Level examinations – qualifications that are recognized internationally for entry into higher education and/or employment. This curriculum is taught within an environment where independent learning and higher order thinking skills are developed, while individuality, risk taking and independence are celebrated. Students enjoy access to excellent facilities and resources, with instruction from highly qualified and experienced teachers.

Beyond the taught curriculum, students are strongly encouraged to participate in the wide range of activities that we offer – from within our ECA programme or through house events, school trips, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme or any of the diverse opportunities that we make available to all of our students.

One of the keys to our success over the last 10-years has been the close relationship we foster between parents and the school. Over and above the regular reporting and parent meeting cycle, each student in the Secondary School is assigned to a Tutor Group, with a Form Tutor that meets with them every day and is always available to discuss issues and meet with parents.

We provide students in the Secondary school with a stimulating and purposeful curriculum, leading eventually to qualifications which are internally recognised for entry into higher education or employment. There is a strong sense of identity and community in the Secondary school. Students benefit from personalised learning with small class sizes and strong support. We value and celebrate the many achievements, big and small, of our students. Beyond the taught curriculum, we recognise the importance of developing the whole child as responsible members of the community and provide a wide variety of Extra Curricular Activities from House events to trips abroad through the Week Without Walls programme, from International Week to choirs and school productions.

We regard a close working relationship between school and home as vital to the success and happiness of each student. There are regular reports, parents' evenings and email updates to keep parents informed about such activities and events.

Students are assessed regularly throughout Key Stage 3 and their progress is monitored against their target in each subject to ensure they are working to their full potential at all times and working towards their GCSE courses.

GCSEs are internationally recognised qualifications, administered by examination boards in England and Wales. Assessment varies from subject to subject but is a combination of external examinations and controlled assessment. All students in Key Stage 4 study GCSE examination courses: English Literature, Mathematics, Science and Additional Science together with five optional subjects. In addition, they study core subjects: Physical Education, Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) and Arabic for Arab students and Islamic Studies for Muslim students. The two year courses lead towards a GCSE or IGCSE awarded at the end of Year 11.

View and download the GCSE Option Booklet here.
The Subject Overviews are designed to provide a brief summary overview of the topics and when they will be covered during the course of the year. They are very much a ‘headline’ sheet, and for further information on detailed content and assessment, they should be used with the programme of study sheets (which shall be released in August).

Download the Overviews by clicking on below titles:

Key Stage Three:

English KS3 English Overview
French· KS3 French Overview
Geography KS3 Geography Overview
History KS3 History Overview
IT KS3 IT Overview
Art KS3 Art Overview
Science KS3 Science
Drama KS3 Drama Overview
DT KS3 DT Overview
German KS3 German Overview
PSHE KS3 PSHE Overview
Spanish KS3 Spanish Overview
PE KS3 PE Overview
Music KS3 Music Overview
Maths KS3 Maths Overview

Key Stage Four:
English GCSE English Overview
French GCSE French Overview
Geography GCE KS5 Geography Overview
Geography GCSE GCSE Geography Overview
History GCSE History Overview
Art KS4 Art Overview
Drama KS4 Drama Overview
DT GCSE DT Overview
German GCSE German Overview
Spanish GCSE Spanish Overview
PE GCSE PE Overview
Maths GCSE Maths Overview
Business & Economics GCSE Business & Economics Overview
Computer Science GCSE AQA Computer Science
Psychology GCSE Psychology Overview
Media KS4 Media Overview

Key Stage Five:
Art A Level Art Overview
History A Level History Overview
Media A Level Media Overview
Music A Level Music Overview
French A Level French Overview
Spanish A Level Spanish Overview
Psychology A Level Psychology Overview
Sociology A Level Sociology Overview
PE AS PE Overview
English KS5 English Overview
IT A2 AQA IT Overview
Drama KS5 Drama Overview
DT KS5 DT Overview
Business KS5 Overview – Business
Economics KS5 Overview Economics
Politics KS5 Overview Politics
BTEC Business BTEC Business Overview
BTEC Travel & Tourism BTEC Travel & Tourism Overview
At Key Stage 3, we have moved away from National Curriculum Levels, with an increased focus upon the mastery of skills that students will need to be successful. The new pathway model is aimed at identifying the key skills and content required in a subject and ensuring these are mastered, in preparation for GCSE. Subjects use Key Assessment Objectives to assess student performance, and these are available on the pathway overviews and subject programmes of study.

Identifying a student pathway (benchmarking) will be conducted using a range of information about each student.

· Hard data in the form of Key Stage 2 information, external CEM information, and performance in class assessments over the first 4 to
6 weeks.

· Soft data in the form of a students’ educational background, exposure to specific subjects, and EAL and taking consideration of a students’
Special Educational Needs

In Year 8, a pathway 6 would mean you are working at a grade 6 within the Year 8 Scheme of Work. In Year 9, a pathway 6 would mean you are working at a grade 6 within the Year 9 Scheme of Work.

· Maintaining a pathway grade shows good progress; as a Year 9 pathway 6 is more challenging than a Year 8, with new content and skills

It is expected that a student will stay within a pathway during the course of a year. A Pathway 5 would reflect a student working at Curriculum expectation, with a pathway 6 and 7, reflecting performance above curriculum expectations.

During a report cycle, students will also receive a ‘fine grade’ showing their position within a pathway.

· Emerging – means the student is currently working at the lower end of the level, their grasp of the grade is insecure, and they could drop to
the level below if they do not take action

· Consolidating – indicates the student is secure in the level

· Mastering – indicates the student is consistently working at this level and starting to move towards the next pathway (a decision which will
take place at the end of the year, unless in exceptional circumstances)

All Key Assessment Objectives are shared through the curriculum page.

Dowload the Pathways by clicking on below titles:

English English Assessment Pathways
Art Art Assessment Pathways
Computer Science Computer Science Assessment Pathways
Drama Drama Assessment Pathways
DT DT Assessment Pathways
Geography Geography Assessment Pathways
History History Assessment Pathways
Maths Maths Assessment Pathways
Modern Foreign Languages Modern Foreign Languages Assessment Pathways
Music Music Assessment Pathways
PE PE Assessment Pathways
Science Science Assessment Pathways