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With a view to further ensuring that all of our stakeholders at Royal School are fully informed, I felt it prudent to write to you all to impart accurate and pertinent information with regards to our status as a Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Centre. The reason behind this letter is attributable to the fact that many people are not fully aware of the processes and benefits to your child and her/his future, when attending a CIE Centre.
Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest non-governmental provider of examinations and qualifications. Being a part of the CIE group means that we, at Royal School, have access to the best Primary, Secondary and Advanced resources and training available at the current time, anywhere in the world. So what does this mean for you and your child/children? In a bid to make this as user friendly as possible, I have divided this information newsletter into the following four sections: Primary (5-11 years of age), Secondary 1 (11-14 years of age), Secondary 2 (14-16 years of age) and Advanced (16-19 years of age). If, at any stage, you need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me at Royal School or, indeed, our Examinations Officer – Mrs. Iuliana Pop.
Royal School Primary curriculum encompasses Years 1 to 6 and is a combination of the National Curriculum for England and Cambridge Primary. At Royal School we use the ‘core’ elements of English, Mathematics and Science as well as ‘foundation’ elements of Art & Design, Computing, Foreign Languages (KS 2 onwards), Geography, History, Music and Physical Education.
Royal School Lower Secondary curriculum encompasses Years 7 to 9 and is, again a combination of both the National Curriculum of England and Cambridge Secondary 1. At Royal School, again, we use the ‘core’ curricula of English, Mathematics and Science and the ‘foundation’ curricula for Art & Design, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Drama and Religious Studies.
Two-thirds of the way through Year 9, students and parents will be invited in for an extra consultation based on potential ‘optional’ subjects to be undertaken at Year 10. During this information evening, teachers will be available for a short presentation about their respective subjects. They will also be available for one-to-one discussion after the close of the meeting. This meeting (scheduled for end of February) starts the process of choosing subjects which will underpin future careers and study at tertiary level – indeed, this time is very important. From here it is essential that Royal School students make sensible choices based upon research and data. Students must play to their respective strengths and elect subjects which suit their learning abilities and styles.
Royal School will implement the study of AS and A-Level in the early part of the 2017-18 academic year. Cambridge A-Levels represent the ‘Gold’ Standard’ in education and are regarded as such in universities throughout the world. Any student who undertakes study at AS and A-Level should be aware that, whilst the end qualifications are very attractive, they are not easy to achieve. For some students, A-Levels are the most difficult elements on the road to success and require a very swift maturing and understanding of learning which many student s find difficult initially. However, with the right support and dedication this is overcome and the respective subjects come alive in the same way the neurons fire in the brain!
|CIE + RS Fees 2017 (Euros): Fees Per Subject||Examination Fee||Administrative Fee||Private Candidate Fee (One-Off Fee)||Total Per Subject|
|AS Level/A2 Level||62||44||85||191|
|Secondary 1 Checkpoint||21||30||N/A||51|
As with any education system, there are advantages and disadvantages. In the case of NC and CIE many of the programmes are regarded as difficult and can seem as though they are inaccessible to those of a lesser ability. As you will have read, CIE do offer options for entry at ‘Core’ or ‘Extended’ level. Furthermore, for any system to be worth its salt, it should be rigorous, developmental, provoke deep thought and develop learners’ abilities. Cambridge does this and more – certainly the weight of the advantages is towards those with academia in mind and, unfortunately not the vocational.
|A whole-through system from Primary to A-Level||It is in the best interests of the student to stay within the Cambridge system – change can result in difficulties.|
|Great depth of learning||Can be inaccessible to some students of lesser abilities|
|Wide variety of assessment and learning opportunities||Students are not ‘spoon-fed’ information but need to learn strategies for discovery|
|Independent learning is strong||Variations of when students are mature enough to take responsibility|
|Wide variety of subjects available||Can seem overwhelming at times|
|Teaches lifelong learning skills: research, team-working, independent learning, time management, revision, filtering, reflection, review and independent thought.||Higher order thinking skills can omit certain students with under-developed abilities.|
|Transparent assessment, communication and reporting.||Students can feel over-assessed at times.|
|CIE programmes are developmental, flexible and always build on prior knowledge||Transfer from alternative systems can require catch-up|
|A powerful foundation for Tertiary education and beyond||Not all students want tertiary education – can seem very academic biased.|
|Integrity is everything – all external papers are shipped overseas for marking and standardization is rigorous||None|
|Widely respected and highly regarded – globally||‘Pass’ percentages can be very high and limiting to students of lesser ability.|
|CIE qualifications are accepted at over 1400 institutions across 195 countries||None|
The list above is certainly not fully comprehensive and represents a portion of my experience of working with NC and CIE over many years – it is designed to offer the profound advantages of studying within an English National Curriculum and Cambridge International Examinations system.
In this document I have attempted to clarify the academic programmes offered at Royal School. We are unique in that we utilize the best of both the English National Curriculum and Cambridge International programmes to ensure that we have the strongest and most trusted academic offer – potentially anywhere in the world.
If you feel that there are areas which require further explanation and, indeed, exploration – please do not hesitate to contact either the school, Mrs. Iuliana Pop or me.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy document. I look forward to working with you and your children for a very long time and making sure that every child reaches her or his potential.
Paul James Page
Head of Royal School