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If the school sends out children with a desire for knowledge and some idea of how to acquire and use it, it will have done its work.”

The move from primary to secondary education can be stressful for any young person. Students’ wellbeing and learning must be maintained as they move on from primary to secondary school. A student’s transition can be complicated by the social, emotional and physiological changes that can negatively impact on his learning. Stafford International School offers a remarkable secondary school in Sri Lanka, with well-equipped and experienced teachers that understand how these changes impact on their students, and are better placed to help students make positive adjustments to their new situations. Hence our school is recognized as one of the best English medium schools in Colombo.

The pastoral staff at both primary and secondary levels in our school play important roles supporting the transitions of all students. While the primary school is responsible for preparing students academically and socially for secondary school, the values, ethical orientation and culture within our secondary school plays an important role in welcoming students to the middle and upper school and making their stay in school as comfortable and exciting as possible.

As they reach secondary school, the students get trained in state-of-the-art science laboratories and learn the basic scientific method whilst getting the opportunity to apply them to real-world problems. They build skills in writing and critical reading and learn to think creatively. They are members of a diverse, inclusive, and respectful community. They are also provided with many activities that they love to do outside of school hours: sports, debating, drama. They are also gradually introduced to an academically rigorous curriculum that promotes independent thinking.

Culture

In Secondary School, students start to experience learning by making connections between the classroom and the real world. They take on challenges that require critical thinking, curiosity, open-mindedness, collaboration, and decision-making. Students get trained in state-of-the-art science laboratories and learn the basic scientific method whilst getting the opportunity to apply them to real-world problems. They build skills in writing and critical reading and learn to think creatively. They are members of a diverse, inclusive, and respectful community. Students will find activities that they love to do outside of school hours: sports, debating, drama. They are also gradually introduced to an academically rigorous curriculum that promotes independent thinking.

Curriculum

Form 1 – 3
It is also at these levels that a firm grounding for the preparation for the IGCSE is laid. The syllabi of all subjects are designed with this objective, although more emphasis is laid on Mathematics and English. The curriculum is based on the UK’s National Curriculum. In addition to the above mentioned subjects, students learn Science, Geography, History, ICT, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Art, English Literature, French and either Tamil or Sinhala as their language option.To ensure a balanced curriculum and enhance the reflective process of learning, all students, in these levels, attend PT, Singing, Speech and Drama classes.Reading is encouraged by celebrating The Library Day, and Spelling Bees held annually, inspire our students to master their spelling.Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, at every stage, to ensure their development as full’-fledged individuals.Form 4-5
In Form 4, students begin the IGCSE course set by Cambridge Internatiponal Examinations. The Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by universities and employers around the world and students’ results in this examination are the first step to university admission. The course lasts two years with students taking the examinations at the end of Form 5. English Language and Mathematics are compulsory for all students. Students must choose at least 5 more subjects from the following list: Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, ICT, Business Studies, Accounting, French, Sinhala, and Tamil.

These are the core academic subjects recognised as being most academically rigorous by top universities. Most British universities now have lists of ‘non-preferred’ subjects including Commerce, Accounts, Psychology and Law. Students who take one of these subjects are at a disadvantage, when applying, and students who take two are not even considered, so this is why we do not offer them.

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37, Guildford Crescent,
Colombo 7,
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