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The British School Quito offers a broad and balanced curriculum, aimed at ensuring that individual students achieve their potential, in academic and beyond. The curriculum celebrates our students’ diversity, promoting their social, cultural, emotional, aesthetic and physical development.

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Early Years

Progress and reporting

We are constantly seeking to strengthen our partnership with parents and one of the ways we do this is through reporting involving parents in their children’s learning.

We hold formal Parent-Teacher Conferences in all year groups to review progress on an individual basis. Students and parents are expected to take a proactive role in these meetings. Progress Reports are sent home every 6 weeks and full reports are written for all students twice a year. The reports are designed to demonstrate students’ progress, reporting UK or IB Diploma grades, as well students’ Ecuadorian equivalent grades.

Although there are structured opportunities for parents to meet with teachers, we have an open door policy in that teachers are always available to meet with parents at a mutually convenient time throughout the year and discuss any concerns they may have.

Early Years Foundation Stage

ages 3 - 5

BSQ provides a caring, nurturing environment which allows children to thrive and enjoy their learning experience. Learning is based on the English National Curriculum's Early Years Foundation Stage framework with a topic-based approach, enhanced by free-flow learning. We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observation of the children’s needs, interests and stages of development across seven areas of learning to enable the children to achieve and exceed the early learning goals.

The Early Years Foundation curriculum is built around 4 themes which enable an ideal learning environment and ensure children reach their full potential. These themes underpin our work in the EYFS. We plan individual lessons using the "Development Matters" framework. Development Matters can help practitioners to support children's learning and development through planning, observation and assessment.

We work within the 7 areas of learning. The Prime areas of learning are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. All the seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. These areas are a focus in our teaching as without them children would not be able to access the specific areas which are: Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Although we use this curriculum to aid our teaching and assessment our teachers bring knowledge and creativity into their teaching to ensure we are using the best from the best to ensure each child is engaged and has a love of learning.

Primary

Primary School

ages 5 - 11

At BSQ we offer a broad and balanced curriculum in our Primary school. It encourages children to develop their understanding of the world and their place in it. We use a spiral curriculum to allow children to revisit knowledge and skills and build upon them. Teachers provide stimulating activities that allow children to build their confidence, improve their questioning and encourage independence. Daily focus is given to English, Reading and Mathematics with Geography, History and Art being taught through a themed topic approach that allows for cross curricular links to be made. Spanish, Music, drama, swimming, sports, PSHE and Computing are also covered with the curriculum.

Key Stage 1

ages 5 - 7

Key Stage 1 (KS1) is taught with a special emphasis on developing the core subjects of literacy and numeracy, ensuring that the building blocks of children's learning in these core areas are fully developed and understood. Combined with activities to develop these core curriculum areas, specialist teachers introduce students to sports, swimming, Spanish, music and sociales.

At British School Quito phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. Read Write Inc. Phonics provides the children with the opportunity to read a range of exciting fiction and non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they enjoy early success in reading. This programme enables children to develop their comprehension, writing, critical thinking, discussion skills and also gain a firm knowledge and understanding of grammar.

Extra support is also given to non-native students through our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme, to ensure they can have full access to the curriculum being taught as quickly as possible.

Key Stage 2

ages 7 - 11

Key Stage 2 builds on the strong foundations laid in Key Stage 1 preparing the students for the next stage of their education. The subject content and approach to teaching guarantees continuity of learning and a smooth transition from Key Stage 1.

Throughout Key Stage 2, students continue to be given experience in, and the opportunity to learn and make progress in, linguistic, mathematical, scientific, human, social, physical, aesthetic and creative education. Subjects are brought to life through project work, assembly presentations and exhibitions focusing on science, mathematics and other areas of the curriculum.

Besides the core subjects (English, mathematics, science and information technology) children also study the subjects below:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Physical education, including swimming
  • PSHE (Personal, social and health education)

Your child will be assessed using standardised material published in the UK, which measure a student’s attainment in English, mathematics and science against UK expectations for their age. At every step of your child’s development we monitor their areas of learning to identify any points where they may need additional support to ensure they are always challenged and progressing. Students with particular gifts and talents are also identified and provided with additional opportunities to enable them to flourish in their areas of strength.

Extra support is also given to non-native students through our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme, to ensure they can have full access to the curriculum being taught as quickly as possible.

Secondary

The Secondary Campus

ages 11 - 18

The Secondary School is on site, side-by-side with our Primary School. We aspire to reduce the barriers between Primary and Secondary and our ambition is to have a true ‘middle school’ with dynamic setting and teaching through Years 6, 7 and 8. The campus consists of purpose built classrooms and specialist-facilities, including space for learning beyond the classroom. The reputation and quality of the British School Quito means we attract highly qualified specialist UK and Ecuadorian staff for all subject areas.

Specialist science laboratories complement the main classrooms, along with a Creative Arts Studio, Visual Art Studio, Library and ICT facilities. The IB Diploma Students are housed is a separate IB Centre.

The use of technology is encouraged at the British School Quito, with a Bring Your Own Device policy from Year 10 upwards.

Extra-curricular and enrichment activities are important in school life and this is reflected in the campus, with tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool and sports fields. Students are also actively encouraged to learn beyond the classroom with regular education visits in and around Quito and we full run the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

ages 11 - 13

The academic programme is based on the English National Curriculum; delivered in English and adapted to take into account our international context and local circumstances. Students study a broad range of subjects including, English; Mathematics; Sciences; Geography; History, Arts, Music, Sociales and Physical Education. Being a Bi-National school, Spanish is an important language for all our students to learn and we are fully compliant with requirements from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education. Apart from Mathematics, students are taught in mixed ability groups; however, there is provision for students with learning difficulties, where students are supported either individually or in small groups by our Student Support Department.

Students also undertake a programme of personal development in our bespoke Lifeskills programme, delivered through the curriculum and our activity days. This programme aims to further enhances the personal and social development of our students; preparing them for the challenges of the world around them.

Key Stage 4 & Cambridge IGCSEs: Years 10 & 11

ages 13 - 16

During Year 9, students are guided into choosing a balanced range of subjects for their Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) courses in Years 10 and 11. The IGCSE is a rigorous qualification from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom for students studying in Years 10 and 11. It is a globally recognised qualification and excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

All students take a common core of subjects consisting of English, Mathematics, Sciences, Spanish and Core PE. In addition, Year 10 students choose further subjects from the option choices presented to them. They are expected to take one Social Science and one Creative Art in keeping with a broad and balanced curriculum. Students will be set in some of these subjects. Most students in Year 10 also undertake and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

IGCSE courses generally contain a combination of coursework and external final examinations. Coursework is usually completed over the two year Key Stage 4 period.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: Years 12 & 13

ages 16 - 18

Year 12 and 13 are perhaps the most intensive and demanding period of education that any individual undergoes and in a highly competitive world we recognise that our students need strong academic results to increase their opportunities and choices for the future.

At the British School Quito students continue to receive a broad and holistic education through the International Baccalaureate Programme (IBDP). The IBDP is a highly regarded programme, recognised for its rigour, a commitment to quality and excellent preparation for both university and wider life. The British School Quito has been delivering this programme for well over a decade and we are proud of our students’ academic achievements and the young adults that they have become.

Our IB students have their own study centre, where they have dedicated classrooms and study areas.

University Guidance and Destinations

Students receive regular careers sessions via their Lifeskills from Year 9; including a work experience programme in Year 11. This is intended to support students to develop their careers choices and to understand the requirements for their chosen careers.

In Years 12 and 13 this included dedicated and individual advice for choosing suitable universities. The British School has a dedicated University Counsellor and they will provide advice on applying to North America and/or Europe, as well as assist each student with their individual application process.

ALUMNI

The reputation of the IBDP ensures that our students’ destinations are wide and varied, with students attending tertiary institution in the UK, United States, Canada and Europe. Recent alumni include:

Alicia Sánchez - University of Bath, UK

Gabriel Ortíz - Loughborough University, UK

Bernarda Vásconez - La Roche, Switzerland

José Javier Valdivieso - University of Calgary, Canada