Upper School


Head of Department: Mr. Ben MacGregor

Within the Upper Years, a love of learning combined with a strong sense of independence is encouraged. Students take pride in their achievements, which are celebrated accordingly.

The curriculum is innovative and appropriate to a 21st Century learning environment aiming towards the key requirements of mastery, including an ever increasing depth, breadth and variety.

Within Years 5 and 6, students are encouraged to take initiative and responsibility for their own education, to become increasingly resilient and confident members of the community. Alongside the traits of the SES Learner Profile (https://www.sharjahenglishschool.org/primary/learner-profile), our students have opportunities to use the most up to date of technology preparing them for an ever-changing society.

Our focus on personalised learning encourages students to participate and perform to the best of their abilities, and develop their individual understanding at a pace that suits their capabilities. Our range of specialised assessment opportunities, continually informs the teaching and learning process, allowing the team to cater for individual requirements and providing students with ownership of their assessment and learning.

Provision for those excelling in various areas of the curriculum is recognised through the ‘Gifted and Talented’ register and for those who need a level of support and help, the Learning Support Team are on hand to ensure that all students make progress and achieve to the best of their capabilities.

All students are encouraged to embrace leadership roles and to set an example to the younger members of our community, through House Captaincy, or by becoming Sports Leaders and Student Leaders. Their participation within a range of extra-curricular areas and opportunities to represent the school in sporting teams and competitions is actively encouraged, and fosters greater self-assurance.

Memorable experiences bring the students’ learning to life.   Students in Year 5 and 6  learn and grow together.  Themed days, class assemblies, regular field trips and productions all help to make rich and meaningful connections for the students; and heighten their understanding as they move into the Secondary phase of their learning journey.

By the end of Upper School, Year 6 students will have experienced several transition sessions preparing them for life in the secondary school. Visits to the secondary school, and from specialist teachers from our Secondary Department, permit Year 6 to experience lessons in that setting and begin to develop relationships with their teachers.  This demystifies secondary school and ensures that there is no lack of confidence in negotiating this challenging transition. We hope that our Year 6  graduates will have discovered their personal strengths; they will be self-confident, self-disciplined and capable of facing the challenges of education in the 21st century.