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Curriculum Overview

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. 

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.

Primary School

Age 5 - 11

At British School Quito, we follow the English National Curriculum to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops the individual child according to their age and ability. In addition, we are committed to providing significant opportunities for pupils to master English and mathematics skills. With a strong emphasis on depth before breadth, we believe that mastery in these core subjects determines access to higher education and increased career choices at 18.

Teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods, which are adapted according to the subject, age and ability of the individual pupil. At British School Quito, we place great emphasis on giving children practical activities and opportunities in their learning, as we believe that it is only by direct experience that true understanding of a specific area, and its relevance to real life, can be gained.

Approach to Phonics and Reading

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. In Year Two, once the children are fluent at decoding they progress to English through the National Curriculum. This programme enables children to develop their comprehension, writing, critical thinking, discussion skills and also gain a firm knowledge and understanding of grammar.

Creative Curriculum

Our Creative Curriculum combines the arts and humanities, alongside core skills in order to develop the children into well rounded citizens of our modern world and our project based homework enables children to practice and enhance the skills they learn in the “Creative Curriculum”.  

Our teachers

The British School Quito employs high quality individuals to join our dedicated team of staff. All of our staff are selected because they show a genuine commitment to the improving the whole child and because their practices match the vision for the school.

As such all British School Quito staff:

  • Are exemplary practitioners with a proven track record of outstanding teaching
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspire and passion to deliver a challenging student centred curriculum
  • Are committed to ensuring personalised learning for all students
  • Have experience in teaching within a UK educational context
  • Contribute positively to all aspects of school life including our enrichment and extension programmes.  

Primary

Curriculum Overview

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. 

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.

Primary School

Age 5 - 11

At British School Quito, we follow the English National Curriculum to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops the individual child according to their age and ability. In addition, we are committed to providing significant opportunities for pupils to master English and mathematics skills. With a strong emphasis on depth before breadth, we believe that mastery in these core subjects determines access to higher education and increased career choices at 18.

Teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods, which are adapted according to the subject, age and ability of the individual pupil. At British School Quito, we place great emphasis on giving children practical activities and opportunities in their learning, as we believe that it is only by direct experience that true understanding of a specific area, and its relevance to real life, can be gained.

Approach to Phonics and Reading

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. In Year Two, once the children are fluent at decoding they progress to English through the National Curriculum. This programme enables children to develop their comprehension, writing, critical thinking, discussion skills and also gain a firm knowledge and understanding of grammar.

Creative Curriculum

Our Creative Curriculum combines the arts and humanities, alongside core skills in order to develop the children into well rounded citizens of our modern world and our project based homework enables children to practice and enhance the skills they learn in the “Creative Curriculum”.  

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

7-9 years

The academic programmes are based on the U.K. 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. 

Our teachers

The British School Quito employs high quality individuals to join our dedicated team of staff. All of our staff are selected because they show a genuine commitment to the improving the whole child and because their practices match the vision for the school.

As such all British School Quito staff:

  • Are exemplary practitioners with a proven track record of outstanding teaching
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspire and passion to deliver a challenging student centred curriculum
  • Are committed to ensuring personalised learning for all students
  • Have experience in teaching within a UK educational context
  • Contribute positively to all aspects of school life including our enrichment and extension programmes.  

Secondary

Curriculum Overview

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. 

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.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

7-9 years

The academic programmes are based on the U.K. 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. 

Secondary School

The Secondary Campus

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 4 & Cambridge IGCSEs: Years 10 &11

13 - 15 years

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. (Please download our current IGCSE Subject Options Guide and options forms for further details).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: Years 12 & 13

16 - 18 years

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.

(Please download our current IB Diploma Subject Options Guide and options forms for further details). 

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.

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 Sanchez - University of Bath, UK
Gabriel Ortiz - Loughborough University, UK
Bernarda Vasconez - La Roche, Switzerland
Jose Javier Valdivieso - University of Calgary, Canada

Our teachers

The British School Quito employs high quality individuals to join our dedicated team of staff. All of our staff are selected because they show a genuine commitment to the improving the whole child and because their practices match the vision for the school.

As such all British School Quito staff:

  • Are exemplary practitioners with a proven track record of outstanding teaching
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspire and passion to deliver a challenging student centred curriculum
  • Are committed to ensuring personalised learning for all students
  • Have experience in teaching within a UK educational context
  • Contribute positively to all aspects of school life including our enrichment and extension programmes.