Senior 11-16


Senior School at St John’s offers an integrated programme based on the National Curriculum, combined with a series of individual and theme-based projects to investigate and extend all topics, culminating in IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in Year 11.

Years 7, 8 & 9

Our students are encouraged to be inquirers, to take responsibility for their own learning and to be independent thinkers who will not shirk away from a challenge. We have high expectations for our students and we believe in the importance of not only preparing them for success in exams but also equipping them with the skills necessary to succeed in today’s fast paced global community.

The curriculum provides our students with a broad and balanced academic education, with a combination of classroom lessons, visiting speakers, workshops, tutorial time and field trips.  The curriculum is delivered through St John’s Checkpoint Programme. 

The curriculum is further extended through our CAS and School Service programmes which become increasingly important as our students go through the school. These programmes incorporate our students in projects that involve our wider school, county, national and international communities, giving them new opportunities to grow and learn beyond classroom walls.

Years 10 & 11

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. Developed over 25 years ago, it is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and is an international passport to progression and success.

The philosophy underpinning our course structure in Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4) is that all students should maintain a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum. The curriculum comprises three parts:

•   common school curriculum compulsory school subjects and activities including drama,
     art, PE, PSHE, singing and CAS.
•   compulsory IGCSE subjects (including Maths, English, Combined Science, Language,
RE/Global Perspectives)

•   optional IGCSE subjects these might include History, Geography, Business Studies, ICT,
PE, Art & Design, Drama (Trinity Guildhall) Food and Nutrition, Music, Additional

     Language, Bicton Day Release.

Bicton College

Over recent years, St John’s has developed a close working relationship with Bicton College, allowing us to offer an even fuller range of options for our students on a Day Release basis. Level 1 Courses available include a range of Land-Based studies such as Agriculture, Engineering, Equine or Horticulture, amongst others.

Extra-curricular activities

At SJIS we offer as many varied activities as possible and we believe a major part of a student’s personal and social development comes from his or her involvement in extra-curricular activities.


All senior school students are able to take part in InterSEK, a sporting or cultural exchange that takes place between IES and SEK schools. In recent years these have taken place in Ecuador, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic.

Truly international

Many seniors at St John’s also take up the opportunity of studying at one of our sister schools either for a few weeks or an entire term. This is proving to be an exciting and invaluable experience, helping to create internationally minded and confident young people.

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