Our Curriculum and Key Stages

The British National Curriculum is designed to facilitate an understanding of the world in which we live and the challenges that we face. The curriculum aims to educate ethically aware young people, capable of leadership, and with the tools that they need for success in whatever field they choose to embark upon, once their school years have been completed.

The National Curriculum of England, Wales and Northern Ireland provides a broad and balanced educational programme, with full immersion in the English language from day one. Students receive personalised attention in order to help them to access every part of the curriculum and to maximise their academic potential. During their final years at school, students participate in a university orientation programme, incorporating mentoring sessions to help them to set appropriate goals, and a work experience element to help them to understand the realities of the world of work.

The structure of the British Education System

The National Curriculum of England, Wales and Northern Ireland is divided into four Key Stages, each stage having a clearly defined programme of study:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (from 3 to 5 years).
  • Primary Education (from 5 to 11 years).
  • Secondary Education (from 11 to 16 years), culminating in the IGCSE examinations.
  • Sixth Form (from 16 to 18 years), culminating in the A-Level examinations.

IGCSEs and A-levels

All students at O Castro British school sit the prestigious IGCSE and A-Level examinations at the end of Secondary and Sixth Form respectively. These qualifications are academically rigorous, internationally recognised and permit access to the best universities in the world; they also conform to the curricular requirements stipulated by the local education authorities, enabling students’ access to Spanish and Galician universities.

Key Stages

Early Years

The Early Years curriculum forms the foundation of your child’s educational journey. This preliminary stage centres around immersion in the English language, artistic and musical activities, emotional intelligence and creative play.

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Throughout the Primary stage, in addition to providing a secure foundation in literacy and numeracy, we consolidate personal and social skills including how to work effectively in a team, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, taking initiative and personal and collective responsibility.

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Our Secondary courses are designed to equip students with the critical, analytical and rational thinking skills necessary to enable them to become proactive and successful members of society.

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Sixth Form

During their final two years at school, students get the opportunity to choose the subjects that they wish to explore in greater depth, with a view to preparing for further academic study or a professional career. A wide range of choice is available, including languages, humanities, sciences, arts and technology.

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IGCSE and A-Level

The IGCSE and A-Level examination courses lead to highly respected international qualifications that provide our students with access to the most prestigious universities in the world.

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