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Secondary School Curriculum

Middle School (Years 7-11)

Specialist learning and enrichment

In the middle school, students are taught by specialist teachers in bespoke learning facilities.

Courses are flexible, and individualised to meet your child’s needs. Strengths are identified so students can develop their talents, while the programme identifies any weaknesses so teachers can support students to move forward.

Gifted and talented students are extended through accelerated learning programmes in each subject. Your child may have the opportunity to advance to higher levels in mathematics and science in Years 8, 9 and 10, if teaching staff feel that they will benefit.

At this level, homework is set on a regular basis and ongoing assessments are conducted in each subject. Your child will also sit school examinations in terms two and four.

Comprehensive reports on your child’s progress are written twice a year. Your child’s teachers will explain and discuss the contents of their report twice a year at parent-teacher interviews, or by phone or email at other times.

In junior high school, Years 7 and 8 form an important part of your child’s academic development. Work covered previously is consolidated, and new subject areas are developed. These years also form an important base for senior study and qualifications. The programme is broad-based, to ensure that diverse skills are developed to successfully tackle a range of subjects at senior levels.

In Years 9 to 11, your child will prepare for the Cambridge IGCSE programme, one of the world’s most respected international qualifications for 14-16 year olds. In Year 11, for each subject your child will receive a grade from A to G and a percentage mark. The curriculum caters for individual ability, with some IGCSE subjects having core and extended options. IGCSE provides your child a foundation for higher AS and A Level courses, and is recognised by universities and employers worldwide.


Senior School (Years 12-13)

A balanced and challenging curriculum

In Years 12 to 13, we offer a well-rounded, challenging curriculum. Students are taught by specialist teachers, and have the opportunity to choose some of their own subject areas.

From 2019, ACG Parnell College, Senior Campus will prepare Year 12 and 13 students for university by offering a choice of either Cambridge A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

In the Cambridge Pathway, students work towards their A Level qualification over two years. A full A-Level grade is a calculated average of your child’s AS grade and A2 grade.

AS is a qualification in its own right – your child may stop studying a subject at the end of AS (Year 12) if they wish. A2 denotes the second year of a full A Level course. ACG Parnell College offers 22 AS courses and 19 full A Level courses.

Alternatively, Year 12 and 13 students may choose to study the two-year IB Diploma. This programme is geared to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a community-minded project. Students select 6 subjects from a total of 17 available. The maximum score for the diploma is 45 – 42 points from the six subjects combined and 3 from the core programme.