The Secondary School

The Secondary School is co-educational and operates a two form intake from Year 7 to Year 11; the majority of students come from our own primary department, but places are often available for students coming from other schools or newly arrived in the UAE. There is a maximum of 22 students in each form group; it is still a relatively small school, with a supportive inclusive environment where there is the opportunity to know everybody.

In addition to the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, students in Years 7 to 9 take French, Arabic, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Computing, Music, and PE. There is Learning Support and Islamic Studies provision, and wide scope for participating in sports, instrumental lessons and extra-curricular activities. There is a strong emphasis at this level on developing values such as respect, politeness, hard work, independence, cultural sensitivity, environmental awareness and intellectual curiosity.

Academic progress is tracked and monitored regularly, and intervention strategies are introduced wherever necessary. The school takes every opportunity to celebrate and share students’ successes, whether they are academic, sporting or artistic.

Key Stage 4 students can select from a number of options for their GCSE courses. As students work through this level, with its increasingly rigorous academic demands, they are assisted in becoming more independent and disciplined learners; they acquire the values that will make them into life-long learners with the highest expectations. Our examination success at this level has been outstanding, far exceeding UK averages.

SES introduced Sixth Form in 2008, and our first Year 13 students graduated in 2010. We offer small classes at this level which afford students the opportunity to reach their full potential and to apply to top university courses in the UK or elsewhere.

Parents are involved and welcomed at all levels of the Secondary School; there is frequent contact and there are many opportunities for parents to meet with staff and to become involved in school life. We see ourselves, at Sharjah English School, very much as a part of the local community.