Lower Secondary

A broad and balanced curriculum is offered to allow students transitioning from primary to continue with familiar subjects while embracing new learning challenges at a different campus.

Students have exposure to a wide range of subjects from Year 7 to Year 9 from which they make their IGCSE selections for Year 10.  Academic work is underpinned by a strong pastoral programme encouraging the development of communication and collaboration skills, creativity and independence.   

Mark Williams
Head of Secondary, International Stream

Message from the Head of Secondary

Welcome to the International Stream – Secondary School.

During the lower secondary years, our aim is to provide students with the foundations for their academic success and personal growth. A dedicated and experienced staff work to ensure students are happy and engaged in the excellent learning environment.  We aim to instil in our students a love of learning and the importance of self-discipline as well as respect for the members of the community.

At FIS, we  work hard to develop the whole student and while our academic record is excellent, we also place great value on the personal development of our students who are encouraged to discover the world around them and explore their own potential.

We are very lucky to be part of a community made up of families and staff from different backgrounds and cultures offering a broad perspective on the world we live in. Our close relationship with the French Stream ensures that our students are exposed the French language and culture on a daily basis.

We are very proud of our students and their achievements and look forward to seeing what this year brings.

About the Lower Secondary School

During Year 7 to 9, our students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum taught in English and based on the English National Curriculum with enhancements for our international setting. Subjects studied are: Art & Design; Drama; English; French; Maths; MFL (Latin or Mandarin or Spanish); Geography; History; Information Tech; Music; Physical Education and Sciences.

In addition, the International Stream has developed a comprehensive Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme to help nurture happy, healthy and confident young people.  We also believe in the value of CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) and integrate it as part of the school’s ethos; this allows lower secondary students to voluntarily join and support great causes - Kindness Week to raise funds for the HK charity Food Angels, for example - and teachers incorporate the concept of creativity, activity and community engagement (service) in their courses.

During Year 9, students select their IGCSE options and embark on the 2 year IGCSE course in Year 10.

IGCSE Options and Selection

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme aims to provide learners with a broad and balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge. It is a universally recognized qualification among international schools and universities worldwide and its curriculum is equivalent to British GCSE but IGCSE has been specially tailored to meet international needs. Its subjects cover a variety of areas: Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Creative, Technical and Vocational.

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Classes & Subjects

  • Cambridge ICE Award
  • Compulsory
  • Science Options
  • Humanities Options
  • Language Options
  • Creative Options
At FIS, all IGCSE students qualify for the Cambridge ICE award, which recognises learners who pass examinations in at least 7 IGCSE subjects from 5 different subject groups (including two different languages). This prestigious award sets our students apart from other students around the globe and all of our students have gained merit or distinction passes since it was introduced to the school.

English Language

English Literature

Mathematics

French

Physical Education

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Economics

History

Geography

Latin

Spanish

Mandarin

Art & Design

Computer Science

Drama

Need More Information?

Download the International Stream Brochure

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Activities and Field Trips

Field trips and activities to enhance student learning take place throughout the year. As part of the Year 9 curriculum, students visit France for 20 days as a year group where they have the chance to further build their comprehension and confidence in French. At the end of the school year, all International Stream secondary students take part in CAS - Creativity, Activity, Service - Week. Collaboratively, they explore, learn and help support issues locally and overseas.

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