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Two students are working at a bunsen burner, being instructed by their teacher about why the flame is changing colour

Learning at Southlands

As a British International School, our curriculum through until the end of Year 11 is underpinned by the English National Curriculum, and enhanced by our international context and commitment to outdoor and adventure learning. We aim to stimulate and motivate our students, encouraging active participation in all lessons, nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and fostering a spirit of independence in which students take responsibility for their own learning.

Our approach to learning encourages students to see the world around them from a different perspective, to form their own opinions, and to express themselves thoughtfully, respectfully and with honesty. We combine this broad and balanced curriculum with an open mindset in which problem solving and working  creatively as a team form part of our students’ daily educational experience. These important skills carry forward into the workplace in later life.

Recognising that every student has potential beyond traditional academic success, we offer a range of co-curricular enrichment opportunities, clubs and sports options.  In addition to sport and the Arts, outdoor education is an integral part of our programme.  This combination of academic, creative and practical activity encourages self-confidence, teamwork, and originality: all characteristics which contribute to the development of well-rounded global citizens.

Assessment for and of learning

Feedback is an integral element of how we operate. Students receive regular written or oral feedback from teachers, noting areas for congratulation and for development. In our half termly reports, parents are provided with information on their child’s attainment and effort, and targets for improvement are shared.    Assesment occurs regularly both informally and less frequently, through internal exams or coursework tasks. Teachers are continuously assessing in their classrooms through questioning, quizzes, short answer tasks and a range of other techniques.   

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