ESO represents a crucial step in the important process of self-affirmation and personal maturation. For many it is a challenging stage, the transition from childhood to responsibility and independence. In ESO our students consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding with a broad and balanced curriculum, giving a strong academic basis for their future.
Our students continue to develop their fluency in both English and Spanish. The ESO curriculum subjects are taught through the medium of English, except Spanish Language and Literature, French and German. Students benefit from a deep understanding of the Spanish curriculum content and values, alongside fluency and proficiency in academic language in English.
From 1º ESO, as well as meeting the Spanish curriculum objectives, students are working towards international examinations, international GCSEs. These examinations are internationally recognised as evidence of educational achievement and are an excellent opportunity for students to use English to show their understanding of curriculum subjects.
Students develop their English and communication skills even further through activities such as debates and participating in the Model United Nations programme. Exchanges are an important part of the learning experience for our students, helping them to develop and put into practice intercultural competences. We run international exchange programmes with countries including Ireland, the USA and Sweden and our students collaborate with other IEP schools in Spain.
Students have the opportunity to take Cambridge English exams up to B2 First for Schools and C1 Advanced.
The curriculum gives clear objectives for knowledge, understanding and skills. In our school, students learn to apply knowledge, not simply to learn, remember and recall. By using a range of different activities, they understand how knowledge relates to a variety of contexts and real-world situations. They are encouraged to make links across topic areas, deepening their understanding. Core concepts are revisited in greater depth and complexity as pupils progress through the school. This encourages retrieval of knowledge and better long term understanding with the ability to develop higher order thinking skills.
Students’ progress is continually tracked by teachers, using a variety of methods. They look at how students complete activities in class, written work, practical experiments and projects among others. Students know how they are doing and what they need to do to continue learning.
Students develop fluency in English, Spanish and another language through speaking, listening, reading and writing in those languages. During lessons, students may work individually, in pairs or collaboratively in groups. They are encouraged to develop skills in working with others, being part of a team and in helping each other to learn. International exchanges and links give students the opportunity to increase their intercultural skills and experiences.
Students learn best when they actively participate in their learning and are encouraged to be creative and analytical in their thinking. Teachers create an environment in which students not only gain knowledge, but are involved in problem solving and using critical thinking skills to question and understand concepts.
Students are encouraged to flourish through reflection and taking responsibility for their actions. We reinforce positive attitudes and stress the importance of respectful and thoughtful behaviour. We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying. We help our students develop a sense of community and the confidence to believe they can make a difference in the world.
Ready for the future
Students are increasingly encouraged to develop their independent learning skills, so that they can recognise their strengths and develop their talents. They are given support to choose the subjects that they will take in the last two years of secondary, thinking ahead to future study and work opportunities.