The Secondary School (Years 7 to 13)
Our Educational Philosophy
Our students at The Sheffield Private School (TSPS) enter into this stage of their educational journey with ever developing competencies and skills. Being part of the Britus Education family we strive to make our curriculum offer both inclusive and enjoyable – the Ultra Curriculum. Our own unique brand of education is centred around excellence with a strong sense of enrichment and enjoyment embedded throughout the daily experience. As a school we continuously pursue a balance between local and international traditions and developing a forward thinking, innovative approach to learning. We endeavour to provide an experience that inspires our students to be life long learners and support them to become global citizens.
The Culture and Curriculum
The TSPS culture and character is visible the minute you walk through our doors from our friendly staff and students, numerous sporting achievements to the amazing learning that is evident both in the classrooms and as you walk the corridors of our school. The purposeful and positive atmosphere is evident as we are a school very much in the ascendency with ever improving results and happy learners.
The Secondary curriculum at TSPS is a planned programme based on the National Curriculum of England, which leads to IGCSE, BTEC Firsts, A Levels and BTEC Nationals. These courses support our students’ development and qualify them for entrance into universities both in the UK and Internationally.
Transition and Pastoral Support
The transition into Secondary school is a big step but rest assured we consider the best way to build on the Primary experience, support and develop our students as they enter the next phase in their learning experience. Our planned Transition Programme builds links between Primary and Secondary so that the students become familiar with the Secondary section of the school, expectations and meet those important adults who will support them such as form tutors and the guidance counsellor.
Key Stage 3 to 4
In Key Stage 3 the programme of study follows the UK Curriculum, which we aim to be broad and enriching, providing a balanced and holistic approach to learning – diversely connected. It is important that our students are exposed to the local and International dimensions that support the notion of becoming global citizens who interact and collaborate with their peers both at TSPS and across our schools. Students will take GL assessments which act as external verification of progress and support the more formative and continuous internal assessment process.
Subjects that students study in Key Stage 3 are:
- Islamic Studies/PSHE
- Social studies
- ICT/Computer Science
- Expressive Arts
Our Personal Enrichment Programme further develops students’ critical thinking, application of subject knowledge and helps them to acquire life skills for the 21st century.
As our students move towards Key Stage 4 and examination courses in Year 10, they will supported to make their IGCSE and BTEC choices which then leads to a more specialised programme of study. At TSPS we offer a range of courses aimed at delivering the type of quality that our ambitious learners require.
Teaching is focused to prepare students for the IGCSE/GCSE examinations at the end of this key stage. Students will pursue eight IGCSE courses. Students follow flexible pathways which are designed based on the student needs and interest.
Four subjects are compulsory and will be taken by all students.
- Environmental Management
- ICT/Computer Science
In addition, each student will choose the remaining four subjects from a range of options which permits a very large number of possible combinations. The optional subjects offered are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art & Design, Accounting, French, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Physical Education, Environmental Management, Arabic First Language, Arabic Second Language, Psychology, Sociology and History.
All students of Year 10 and 11 are also required to study the following Non IGCSE subjects: · Arabic (General / Special)
- Islamic Studies / PSHE
- Physical Education
The Sixth Form Experience
Our students joining our Sixth Form enjoy a wide range of specialised of A Levels and BTECs. We actively encourage our students to play an active role in the TSPS community by supporting younger learners as part of our ever developing student leadership programme. Our Head of Sixth Form, heads of department and our guidance counsellor are on hand to support both our students and parents with specific guidance with determining the optimal post 16 journey. At TSPS we are focused on guiding our students through their post 16 learning experience so that they achieve their very best as we help prepare them for the next stages of their adult lives.
It is important to take into consideration each student’s unique capability and dedicate ourselves towards unlocking their full potential – Inclusively educational. At TSPS in additional to our academic programme we offer an enrichment programme that we actively encourage students to engage with. Our enrichment programme is diverse that we aim to adapt based on our students preferences, talents and the expertise of our talented team. For example our students enjoy the challenge of participating in the Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh and enjoy competing in multiple sporting events.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the exciting learning opportunities available and what it means to be a student here then please do contact the school and arrange a visit.