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Key Stage 3

What does this mean? 
Key Stage 3 means years 7, 8 and 9. Students in these year groups are typically aged between 11 and 14. If your child started school at aged 5, then they would have been studying for seven, eight or nine years in this Key Stage. Of course this does not mean that we do not accept students who may be older due to a different education system they have experienced, either in Kurdistan (at a local school) or because of a system experienced in another country. We understand that students may be repeating years and do not hold the necessary certification. Don’t worry! We can work with you to decide the most appropriate year group for your child depending on their previous experiences.
 
All students at BISK are tested at the application stage. A place in a year group will be decided using this test and other factors.
 
What your child will study in Key Stage 3: 
Your child will study a British based curriculum using familiar elements of the National Curriculum and the programme devised by the Cambridge International Examination board (http://cie.org.uk). 
 
They will study the following subjects:
English
Mathematics
Science
History
Geography
Computer Studies
 
 
In addition, your child will study the compulsory subjects of Kurdish and Arabic. There is an element of Kurdish humanities specified within the compulsory curriculum. This is delivered in English and studied as part of the History and Geography curriculum.
 
How many groups are there and how do we organize the groups?
All classes are mixed ability and mixed gender. There are currently 2 class groups (B, I) per year group and no group will exceed 25 students. Each student is placed in a form group that they stay with for all of their lessons. Each form group has a Tutor who registers your child in the morning and deals with a range of issues concerning your child. 
 
  Eg: 7B, 7I …. 8B, 8I….
 
How do we monitor the performance and progress of your child? 
Students receive regular progress tests to ensure that we are tracking their performance and improvement. The testing programme means that your child will have up to 10 tests per year per subject. Your child must achieve a minimum of a 50% pass success rate in assessments that includes tests, classwork and homework. Your child will not progress to the next year group if they are not successful. 
 
How can you ensure that your child is achieving at school and happy to be at BISK?
 
Your child has to first attend on a regular basis. It is not acceptable to allow your child to take time off during term time. Parents must respect the school calendared terms and holidays. Studies and research prove that poor attendance results in poor performance of students, poorer relationships with teachers and peers, isolation from the education process and disruption in the personal relationships with parents. Encourage your child to achieve and take a keen interest in what your child does at school. Show them that you care. Tell them that you care. And congratulate them when they do well at school. This does not mean buying them a gift. Tell their brothers and sisters about their performance and tell members of the family, for instance, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Celebrate your child’s performance and good behavior with the family. Good parents actively participate in their child’s education and support the school. We all want the same successes and outcomes for your child. This responsibility rests with us all.
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