The Secondary School offers a broad and balanced curriculum for students in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
The Secondary School covers Key Stage 3 which includes students aged between 11 - 14 years old (Years 7 - 9), and Key Stage 4 which covers students aged 14 - 16 (Years 10 and 11). Students are taught in mixed ability classes with the exception of the core subjects of mathematics, where students are set according to their current attainment levels and aptitude for the subject. Work takes place both individually and in groups. Class sizes are no larger than 25 which allows for greater personal attention to each student’s learning needs.
Mandarin is a compulsory subject alongside either Spanish or French throughout Key Stage 3, after which one language is studied at (I)GCSE level.
At (I)GCSE level students study a breadth of subjects in the creative arts, technology, and humanities fields, as well as a chosen language and the three core subjects; mathematics, English and science. PSHCE and physical education form an integral part of all year level academic programmes. Typically students will study 7 or 8 (I)GCSE subjects to prepare them for a range of academic pathways and challenges after life at DBIS through the International Baccalaureate Diploma, A Levels, BTEC qualifications or similar.