Senior School

Key Stage 3
(age 11-14)

Key Stage 3 is a period of progression and development, physically, socially, pastorally and academically.

In Key Stage 3, your child will learn the fundamentals to succeed in the Senior School whilst enjoying a wide range of subjects, so they are fully prepared for whichever educational pathway they wish to take as they move through the school.

Year 7, in particular, is a time of enormous transition where your child will learn to be more independent, more organized and more resourceful as they face the challenges of moving from Primary to Senior.

Year 8 is your child’s opportunity to begin to become the person they want to be. Familiar and well-settled into the Senior School, students should take the opportunities offered by the extra-curricular activities programme, school trips, as well as opportunities to gain leadership responsibilities within the school to build on their skills and develop their interests.

Year 9 is when children begin to prepare for the GCSE examinations, taken at the end of Year 11. They continue to have a wide range of subjects, but they also are increasingly asked to take on roles of responsibility within the school - leading activities, taking part in Community Service, supporting their House activities.

Throughout their time in Key Stage 3, we work hard to support students with all elements of their lives, not just academic but social and pastoral too. We look forward to guiding students as they grow to become independent, confident, informed young people before moving onto Key Stage 4.

Key Stages 4 and 5
(ages 14 - 16 and 16 - 18)

In September 2019, BSS launched its FlexEd Programme, opening its doors to those wanting to study at GCSE level. The FlexEd Programme allows students at British School Salalah to access high quality British international education anytime, anywhere.

FlexEd is an innovative educational programme delivered by British School Salalah in partnership with British School Muscat, with its established history and reputation for delivering an exemplary British Education in Oman.

FlexEd is open to students living in Salalah who want to study towards their iGCSEs/GCSEs. With the support of teachers from British School Salalah and British School Muscat, students access a mix of face to face lessons, live online classes and independent study using world class platforms. This is the first time a programme of this quality has been available to students in Salalah.

See our FlexEd site for further details.

The GCSE years can be a bit of a shock to the system! It can be a rollercoaster at times, juggling coursework, controlled assessments, homework, class work, lessons, revision, mock exams all before the real exams begin during May and June.

However, it is not all work and no play. There will be many enjoyable experiences to get involved with; plays, concerts, International Award trips, clubs, sports days, art exhibitions to name but a few.

In all areas of school life, students are supported by an excellent group of professionals; teachers, form tutors and mentors. Staff are caring and dedicated, they will guide and lead through both times of success and uncertainty. Academically, you can expect students to be challenged in all areas of the curriculum with extension or reinforcement work where appropriate.

Every student’s progress is tracked and monitored closely throughout the GCSE courses. A calm, purposeful and caring environment is created through mutually respectful relationships between staff and students.

Years 10 and 11 begin in earnest their academic study for GCSE. At the moment we offer English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Arabic, and French. As the school grows we are continuing to expand our GCSE options.
In 2022 we welcomed our first post-16 students - those beginning Advanced Level (A Level) study. At this stage students would normally choose 3 academic subjects to study in far greater depth, preparing them for education beyond school. At the end of two years they will undertake their final A Level exams (Sciences are usually modular, and there are official exams throughout the two years in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), before leaving us for college and university, both in Oman and across the world.
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