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Early Years

Curriculum Overview

The British school Quito is committed to its ‘British’ origins and as such we offer a broad and balance curriculum, aimed at ensuring that individual students to achieve their potential, whether in academic studies or beyond. Our goal is to develop rounded students, who all have a specialist ‘spike’ which ensures that they standout from the crowd. 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 to parents and actively involving parents in their children’s learning. At the start of the year, we have orientation sessions for new families. We also have Information Evenings for all parents in August. This is an opportunity for parents to meet the class teacher and to find out about the year group routines, special events and expectations. There is also a regular Headteacher Friday morning ‘coffee morning’ which is dedicated to explaining key developments or practices, whilst providing parents a chance to raise concerns – or even praise!

We also have formal Parent-Teacher Conferences in all year groups to review progress on an individual basis. Students are expected to take a proactive role in these meetings. Progress Reports are sent home roughly 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. These are fully compliant with Ministry of Education regulations.

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.

The school has implemented an adapted version of the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, and has a curriculum map to ensure that we cover all the necessary requirements during your child’s time with us. We strongly emphasise core skills in English and Mathematics in the Foundation Stage, as well as exploring the world around us and “learning through play”

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 synthetic phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The forty four common sounds in the English language are taught and children learn how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). Most importantly 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. We do not believe in homework sent home in the form of worksheets but 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 is committed to its ‘British’ origins and as such we offer a broad and balance curriculum, aimed at ensuring that individual students to achieve their potential, whether in academic studies or beyond. Our goal is to develop rounded students, who all have a specialist ‘spike’ which ensures that they standout from the crowd. 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 to parents and actively involving parents in their children’s learning. At the start of the year, we have orientation sessions for new families. We also have Information Evenings for all parents in August. This is an opportunity for parents to meet the class teacher and to find out about the year group routines, special events and expectations. There is also a regular Headteacher Friday morning ‘coffee morning’ which is dedicated to explaining key developments or practices, whilst providing parents a chance to raise concerns – or even praise!

We also have formal Parent-Teacher Conferences in all year groups to review progress on an individual basis. Students are expected to take a proactive role in these meetings. Progress Reports are sent home roughly 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. These are fully compliant with Ministry of Education regulations.

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.

The school has implemented an adapted version of the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, and has a curriculum map to ensure that we cover all the necessary requirements during your child’s time with us. We strongly emphasise core skills in English and Mathematics in the Foundation Stage, as well as exploring the world around us and “learning through play”

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 synthetic phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The forty four common sounds in the English language are taught and children learn how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). Most importantly 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. We do not believe in homework sent home in the form of worksheets but 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.  

Secondary

Curriculum Overview

The British school Quito is committed to its ‘British’ origins and as such we offer a broad and balance curriculum, aimed at ensuring that individual students to achieve their potential, whether in academic studies or beyond. Our goal is to develop rounded students, who all have a specialist ‘spike’ which ensures that they standout from the crowd. 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 to parents and actively involving parents in their children’s learning. At the start of the year, we have orientation sessions for new families. We also have Information Evenings for all parents in August. This is an opportunity for parents to meet the class teacher and to find out about the year group routines, special events and expectations. There is also a regular Headteacher Friday morning ‘coffee morning’ which is dedicated to explaining key developments or practices, whilst providing parents a chance to raise concerns – or even praise!

We also have formal Parent-Teacher Conferences in all year groups to review progress on an individual basis. Students are expected to take a proactive role in these meetings. Progress Reports are sent home roughly 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. These are fully compliant with Ministry of Education regulations.

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.

Secondary School

11- 18 years

The British School Quito takes pride in being a true community school that serves the needs of both our local and international families alike. The British School Quito has a proud 20-year history and we can claim to be the only true ‘British’ school in Quito.

At the British School Quito as soon as you walk in you will be struck by our will strong sense of community, where our over-riding goal is to ensure that all of our students are safe, happy and successful. You will find strong relationships between students and teachers, all of whom are determined to succeed.

This drive and ambition has seen the school recently become an accredited examination centre for the prestigious Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations. The IGCSE is a rigorous qualification from the UK for students studying in Years 10 and 11. It is a globally recognised qualification and excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Our ambition for our students goes well beyond the classroom with comprehensive programmes for community service, extracurricular and enrichment opportunities. We strive to identify and tap into every individual student’s gifts, finding areas in which they can shine and build confidence. Every boy and girl is important here at the British School Quito.

We are proud of all of our students and the young men and women they become after they depart. We produce truly international students here at the British School, who are bilingual, outward facing and caring.

Please come and visit us. I am sure that our community and caring environment will impress you.

Michael Bloy, Secondary Headteacher

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 is a deceptively large one, consisting of purpose built classrooms and specialist-facilities, including with lots of 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 that boasts separate classrooms and independent study rooms for students.

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 of school life and this is reflected din the campus, with tennis and basketball courts, swimming pool and sports fields. Students are also actively encouraged to learn beyond the classroom with regular education visits in and around Quito. We also run the Duke of Edinburgh programme and have equipment to support students ‘adventurous journey.’

The facilities allow the British School Quito delivers an outstanding broad ‘British’ style curriculum, which makes the most of our local setting in Quito and Ecuador.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

7-9 years

The academic programmes are based on the National Curriculum of England; 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 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, at Key Stage 3, 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.

We enhance the National Curriculum and seek opportunities to increase skills acquisition and development. Our Key Stage 3 course of Creative Arts is a good example of this in which the students’ skills and understanding in the area are developed beyond that normally expected in this age range. 

Students also undertaken 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

13 - 15 years

In Term 2 of 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. All students in Year 10 are expected to undertake and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Please see ‘School Life’ for further details).

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. 

We believe in maintaining open communication and a strong partnership between home, school and the student in order to provide the best support we can for the students. We check student’s progress regularly and discuss with students and parents strategies for improving any areas of weakness that are identified.

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. 

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.