The Secondary section at TBS is proud of the individual care offered to students, the diversity of the academic courses on offer and our commitment to the development of wider attributes through experiences beyond the classroom.
The Secondary section is made up of Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9), Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) and Key Stage 5 or the Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13.) TBS accepts students in any year in the Secondary section, although entry to Year 11 and Year 13 is unusual and generally not recommended.
At Key Stage 3 the academic programme is based loosely on the British National Curriculum, although this is modified to make the most of our international context. The core curriculum includes mathematics, English, science, history, geography, art, design & technology, music and physical education. In addition, all students in Year 7 & 8 study 4 modern foreign languages (French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Nepali) with students then narrowing to a preferred choice of 2 languages in Year 9.
As our students enter Key Stage 4, they are guided to select appropriate IGCSE subjects. Students select up to 10 choices and TBS offers both Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel courses. Mathematics, English language & literature and sciences are compulsory subjects. Students then have free choice from a range of optional subjects including art, design & technology, history, geography, business studies, economics, psychology, music, physical education, Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish. This free choice is unique to Kathmandu and allows students to design a pathway based on their individual strengths and future interests.
In Key Stage 5 / Sixth Form, students progress to A level study. Please see the separate Sixth Form (link) section for what happens in the final 2 years.
At all levels, all of our subjects and courses are taught by highly qualified subject specialists.
As well as academic courses, all students in the Secondary section have compulsory classes in physical education and PSHE (personal, social & health education).
Students in the Secondary section are in mixed or “vertical” mentor groups according to Key Stage, with a mentor who monitors their academic performance and wellbeing. These groups are small, usually around 10 students, and meet daily allowing for close relationships.
Each mentor group has a local community partner that they work with over a period of several years. Students both plan and carry out fundraising, but also regularly interact with their community partners, all of whom are local childhood or educational establishments. This is one of the ways in which TBS seeks to produce outstanding citizens. We want our students to not just be successful academics, but to be able to develop strategies to be resilient, tolerant and understanding of others, and to be ready to contribute positively to an ever changing world.