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schooling in england Compulsory education in the UK starts at 5 years of age and finishes at 18. At the age of 16, students in England take GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations. From 16 to 18, students can take a two year A Level (Advanced Level) course, which provides qualifications for university application. The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) is an alternative to A Levels. Mathematics and English are both compulsory GCSE qualifications for entrance to university.

key features • Set in eight acres of grounds, surrounded by the beautiful Wiltshire countryside • Superb teaching facilities, including teaching and learning centre, with 8 classrooms, library, science lab and IT suite • Small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students for English and 12 students for other academic subjects, allowing very high levels of individual teacher time • Individual Learning Plan for every student, detailing progress and areas for improvement in English, other academic subjects, sport and boarding • The College operates as a traditional British boarding school, with a full sport and activities programme, ensuring excellent preparation for entry into a mainstream boarding school • The College is not affiliated to any other boarding school, providing a stepping stone to top boarding schools and colleges in the UK programme options • English Language Pathways: Junior College, Middle College and Pre-IGCSE/IGCSE Programmes for ages 7-11, 11-14 and 14-17 respectively: 7 subjects studied, with a focus on English • 1 Year IGCSE Programme (ages 15-17) • Academic Summer Programme (ages 7-17): 5 week course, offering 7 subjects, with a focus on English • Exciting programme of extra curricular activities, including sport, creative arts, weekend excursions and the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Scheme • Four-term academic calendar, with flexible start dates • Short stay courses providing the opportunity to experience British education for 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms or 5 weeks in the Summer

ENGLISH EDUCATION SYSTEM BISHOPSTROW COLLEGE PROGRAMME AGE

NATIONAL CURRICULUM ACADEMIC YEAR

EXAMINATIONS OFFERED AT BISHOPSTROW COLLEGE

7 - 11

Years 3 - 6

Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations Internal Assessment Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations Cambridge IGCSEs

JUNIOR COLLEGE PROGRAMME

11 - 14

Years 7 - 9

MIDDLE COLLEGE PROGRAMME

14 - 17

Years 10 - 11

PRE-IGCSE/IGCSE PROGRAMME

15 - 17

Year 11

1 YEAR IGCSE PROGRAMME

7 - 17

Years 3 - 11

Internal Assessment

ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAMME

typical academic year at bishopstrow college Term 1: Mid September – early December Term 2: Early January – mid March Term 3: End March – mid June Term 4: End June – end August The Academic Summer Programme is a 5 week course available during Term 4, with two start dates.

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