Secondary Key Stage 3

Our KS3/ Middle Years programme is guided by well established educational principles:

  • The importance of linking learning and holistically assessing learning experiences
  • Developing international awareness
  • Strengthening communication skills especially in a multi-lingual context
  • Providing a strong focus on the STEM subjects: (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The programme aims to provide a coherence between the Primary Years Programme and the GCSE/ A level Programmes.

We want to help our students develop from children to young adults, to become enquiring, knowledgeable and emotionally literate: to have a genuine understanding of other cultures and to care about what’s going on in the rest of the world. We want our students to learn how to learn, to research and evaluate information critically.

During our middle years program our students work with teachers to set targets and review progress against these personalised goals. All work is continuously assessed, with regular reports sent home to help support and monitor progress. We introduce formal examinations oral and written to prepare for the KS4 programme.

A popular subject is that of Creative & Performance. Students from Years 7,8 and 9 are grouped and experience a variety of courses over the 3 years including: Sports Leaders, creative science, music, dance, drama, filmmaking and editing. Each year we aim to have a production at the Casa de la Cultura, Almuñécar. This year it will be a version of the musical Grease.  

Year 7

In Year 7 we focus on the transition to secondary school, building on primary achievements and ensuring that students feel socially and emotionally secure as they enter their journey through adolescence. All aspects of the year 7 curriculum reflect upon the social and emotional aspects of learning. Opening Minds, The Royal Society of Arts thematic competency based programme has been introduced since 2012. This will allow Year 7 students opportunities to work on cross curricular projects focussing on the humanities and social science curriculum.

Year 8

In Year 8 students will begin to study national curriculum subjects in more detail.

Year 9


Year 9 students sit the Cambridge Checkpoint tests in English, Maths and Science. Cambridge Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learning at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. They give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education. The tests are marked in Cambridge and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance.