The Senior School is open to boys and girls between 11 and 18 years of age.
Southlands English School in Rome uses the English National Curriculum as the foundation for its academic programme. Pupils take Key Stage 3 tests during Year 9. Our guiding principle is to provide an internationally-minded, broad-based education at the outset in order to encourage intellectual and personal growth.

In Key Stage 3 (11 to 14 years old) all students follow a broadly similar programme. Italian pupils are also offered preparation for their Italian National 3ª Media examinations.

Year 9 students are also prepared to sit their (I)GCSE examinations in French and Italian.
Key Stage 4 students (14 to 16 years old) are able to begin a wider 2-year Pre-IBDP & (I)GCSE programme over Year 10 and Year 11. In Key Stage 5 (16 to 18 years old) our Year 12 and Year 13 pre-university students currently study for IB Diploma.

Subjects followed at Key Stage 3

  • English Language & Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education
  • French as a Foreign Language (IGCSE)
  • Italian National Media Programme / Italian as a Foreign Language (IGCSE)

All teaching is by subject specialists. Formal internal examinations are held each year and academic progress is closely monitored at every stage.
A full report on every aspect of a pupil's school life is sent home twice a year.
There is also a regular programme of consultative meetings where parents can discuss their child's progress with their child's subject teachers.

FRENCH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (IGCSE) Students start learning French in Year 5. In Year 5, the course combines simplicity and variety. Children learn through a diversity of oral and practical activities, with the addition of reading and writing as they progress through the course. The emphasis is on songs, rhymes, stories, games and role-play and on making familiar classroom/home activities part of the language learning process.

In Year 6 & 7 they follow a course that will allow them to take their IGCSE in French in Year 9. From Year 6, we use resources that take in account the English QCA Scheme of work for Key Stage 3 and cover all the language content and context for learning.
As recommended by QCA, the students develop knowledge, skills and understanding through activities divided in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The English National Curriculum states that students should learn how to express themselves using a range of vocabulary (speaking activities), be trained in careful listening for detail and for gist (listening and responding activities), practice in comprehension and reading skills (reading and responding activities) and also be trained in writing in the target language (writing activities).
They are also introduced to grammatical rules and terminology at an early stage so that they are equipped with the knowledge to construct their own sentences and become independent learners.
In Year 8 students start the two year course in order to cover the content of the Edexcel specification. The Edexcel IGCSE in French consists in four Units based on the same skills as in Year 6 and 7: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The Edexcel IGCSE in French qualification requires students to:

  • develop the ability to listen to and understand spoken French in a range of contexts and a variety of styles
  • communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
  • read and respond to different types of written language
  • communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
  • understand and apply a range of vocabulary and structures
  • develop language learning and communication skills which can be applied broadly.
In Year 9, the students are ready to undertake the IGCSE examination in French in the four skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

In Key Stage 4 all students will enjoy the opportunity to follow two-year courses, many leading to external examinations known as International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). IGCSE is the national examination taken by all sixteen year olds in England and Wales at the end of Year 11. Subjects offered at Key Stage 4
  • English Language & Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science & Additional Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • History
  • ICT
  • Geography
  • Drama
  • Art & Design
  • French as a Foreign Language
  • Italian Language & Literature
In Key Stage 5 all students follow a 2 year course known as IB Diploma Programme.
Student must take a mixed balance of 6 subjects, 3 at Standard Level and 3 at Higher Level. This is in addition to the Core, made up of Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Activity & Service).

Subjects offered in our IB Diploma Programme, at Key Stage 5, are
  • Group 1: English A Literature, Italian A Language & Literature, Language A Literature (self-study)
  • Group 2: English B, French B, Italian B, Spanish ab initio
  • Group 3: Economics, History
  • Group 4: Biology, Physics
  • Group 5: Mathematics, Mathematical Studies
  • Group 6: One additional subject from Group 2 or 3