In Year 7, pupils make the transition from Primary School to Senior School. The Senior School covers Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
At the foot of this page there are links to the Curriculum Handbooks for each Senior School Key Stage
Key Stage 3: Years 7 – 9 (students aged 11-14)
In KS3 all students follow a course involving a wide range of subjects designed to stretch and challenge every individual, providing the opportunity to discover and examine their own particular interests and talents.
Students study two languages: French and German. The courses are designed to develop an interest and enthusiasm for using other languages and to provide a basic grounding for further study of one or more languages at a higher level later in school. Special provision is made for mother tongue speakers of these languages.
During Year 9 students study the three individual sciences (physics, chemistry & biology). Towards the latter half of Year 9, students select the subjects for their IGCSE examination courses for the next two years – this selection process is based upon a wide range of guidance and advice and is undertaken in close consultation with parents and staff.
Key Stage 4 (IGCSE): Years 10 – 11 (students aged 14-16)
During Years 10 and 11 the majority of students will follow IGCSE courses in 8 or 9 subjects. These subjects will have been selected by the students in close consultation with parents and staff. Students are encouraged to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum by building upon a core of the following subjects:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Combined science (OR individual Sciences, biology, chemistry, physics)
- Geography or history
- Information and communication technology
- Modern Foreign Language (French OR German)
- Option 1 – Business studies, drama, art
- Option 2 – Business studies, music, PE
NB Option blocks subject to change dependent on student choice.
In addition all students also follow a physical education programme covering a wide range of sports and activities.
PBS offers an alternative to the IGCSE, primarily for students who are enrol at the school aged 15 – 16 who would benefit from a preparatory year before starting the IB. This programme, The Pre-IB, normally takes one year and is not for students who have successfully completed the IGCSE course either at PBS or elsewhere. Please click HERE for the Pre-IB Curriculum Handbook.
IB Diploma Programme: Years 12 – 13 (students aged 16 – 18)
Entrance to Years 7 - 11 is non selective, however students wishing to enrol in the IB Diploma Programme must attain a minimum of six A* - C grades at IGCSE (or the equivalent) or successfully complete the PBS Pre-IB programme. Further, students should attain an A or B in the IGCSE subjects that they wish to study at Higher level in the IB.
Upon being accepted to study the IB Diploma at PBS, students embark on a two year course of study which will allow them entrance to universities around the world. This popular two year course equips students with a wide ranging educational experience and also allows students to develop as independent learners and critical thinkers.
Students study one subject from each of the following areas:
- World Literature
- Modern Foreign Language
- The Arts
In addition students complete; Theory of Knowledge, Creativity Action and Service and undertake an Extended Essay on a topic of their choosing.
Please click on the links below for the PBS Curriculum Handbook for each Senior Key Stage.