Key Stage 3 & 4

Age Group: Ages 12 – 16 Years old

Classes: Years 7 – 11

Curriculum: Cambridge Secondary 1 & 2

The Secondary phase curriculum incorporates the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science from Cambridge Secondary 1 for Key Stage 3 and follows the Cambridge Assessment International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) route in Cambridge Secondary 2 for Key Stage 4. Cambridge Secondary provides a strong and well-balanced platform for students to strengthen the skills acquired in Primary in seeking answers to develop their informed curiosity and sustain their passion for learning. The school integrates a range of enrichment opportunities of reading, exploration, analysis, research and design to equip students with deeper understanding of the real world making them more self-aware and independent.

Across the curriculum, the 21st Century learning skills of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are fostered in students through a literacy rich and metacognitive learning environment focusing on:

  • Application of knowledge and understanding of common and novel circumstances.
  • Intellectual Questioning
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change.
  • Purposeful and Proficient Communication
  • Development of competent skills and emotionally intelligent attitudes for Global Citizenship

Students are provided with frequent opportunities that include use of virtual environments and simulations, developing models of scientific phenomena, and using collaborative tools of Information Technology.

Pristine Pathways empowers students to make meaningful and informed choices not only of subjects but also of the way they prefer to learn, resulting in independent learners. It fosters the development of positive attitudes for lifelong learning with a growth-mindset, empowering every student to meet the challenges of 21st century learners.

Subject choices in Key Stage 4 depend on inclination and motivation of individual students as well as their academic aptitude. Students have access to a well guided Academic and Career Counselling process to consolidate their decision-making process for choosing their pathway to higher education.

The Reading Culture reflects in the students’ immense knowledge and understanding of a range of literary genres, classic and contemporary literature, and the local and global context. The students’ strength in reading is reflected through the range of activities they participate in, such as the Model United Nations and World Scholars Cup. Reading at a metacognition level is the aim for all students as they apply the reading skills learnt to achieve mastery across the curriculum.

Wellbeing of our students is of prime importance as they are continually encouraged and supported in their process of learning and understanding of themselves and the world. Positive relationships are at the core of our school community, creating an inclusive and supportive culture which allows our students to flourish and be happy individuals. High expectations from students ensure they study in an environment with clear boundaries, rights and responsibilities. Students are deemed to be champions and embodiment of their own wellbeing. A well-structured Physical Education Programme, Positive Education and thoughtful implementation of the Moral Education curriculum ensures that students develop lifelong skills of cooperation, happiness, growth-mindset, leading to enhanced personal resilience, mindfulness, and a strong sense of wellbeing of oneself and everyone around. Students establish their emotional and responsible connection with the environment and community which they can carry forward to become competent donors of a sustainable and compassionate society.


At the end of Year 9, students appear for the Cambridge International Secondary Checkpoint Examination. They appear for the Cambridge Assessment International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations at the end of Year 11.

IGCSE Subject Options

Cambridge International Assessment Education IGCSE examination is conducted at the end of Year 11. It is mandatory for all students to opt for eight subjects. Students are expected to choose the subject options at the time of entry in Year 10.

Compulsory Subjects:

  • Enterprise/Combined Science
  • First Language English or English as a Second Language
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) or Computer Science
  • Mathematics

Additional Subjects:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology


  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics

Optional Subject (Only one subject selected from the list):

  • Urdu
  • French
  • Art & Design
  • Environmental Management
  • English Literature
  • Travel and Tourism

To access the syllabus and to learn more about Cambridge IGCSE click here