Intermediate Stage: 3º Primary to 2º ESO
1º and 2º ESO make up the final two years of the Intermediate Stage of learning at Engage.
Final Stage: 3º ESO to 2º Bachillerato
3º and 4º ESO make up the first two years of the Final Stage of learning at Engage.
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 have the opportunity to go beyond the requirements of the ESO curriculum. In sciences, teachers specialising in each of the four subjects – biology, chemistry, physics and geology or earth sciences – deepen students’ understanding and application of scientific skills through a comination of theory and practical lessons. Regular practical activities in the laboratory are an essential part of the curriculum. Optional workshops, such as astronomy, lead students’ to discover and make connections between different areas of learning.
Our students continue to develop their fluency in both English and Spanish. Alongside English language lessons, students use English to explore literature, writing and develop research and communication skills. Students have the opportunity to take Cambridge English exams including B2 First for Schools, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.
Our unique Personal Development programme develops students’ understanding of their potential and their social and emotional intelligence. With the Mentoring programme, they gain direct insights into future career options through making connections with our families who want to share their experiences. Students discover and develop their leadership, negotiation and teamwork skills by participating in the Student Council where they make decisions that impact on the life of the school.
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.