Secondary school

Secondary School Information

 

Meridian International School is proud to host a growing, friendly and successful, as well as lively, Secondary School section of learning.

 

Home to pupils from age 11 to 15, the Secondary section moved to a new building and location for the 2016/2017 academic year. Comprised of new and modern teaching facilities, along with a majority English-native speaking professional faculty, Meridian International School offers our current and in-coming students an enriching, memorable, and – most importantly – an achievement-rich learning environment.

 

Developing from the Primary School section, our Secondary School students continue to follow the schematic of work presented in the National Curriculum of England (NCE). Blending this core educational framework into a school-curriculum that unites the best traditions of the UK and Czech educational systems, our Secondary School offers international students a unique and truly international place of study.

 

Corresponding to the British school system, the Secondary section for Meridian International School is home to Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 (Key Stage 3) and Grade 9 (Key Stage 4).

 

 

Grade (Meridian) Year (British)
6 7
7 8
8 9
9 10

 

As one of the few International Schools in the Czech Republic that is accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Meridian is also honoured to be accredited as both a Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Council of British International Schools (COBIS) centre. For further information about these educational organisations, please following the URL links at the end of this Secondary School information section.

 

Whereas Grade 6, Grade 7, and Grade 8, follow the Key Stage 3 mode of learning from the National Curriculum of England, our Grade 9 students begin preparation from their IGCSE examinations – to be taken in Grade 10 – and, as such, begin a more complex and academically rigorous curriculum of work.

 

Throughout the Key Stage 3 programme (Grade 6 to Grade 8), Meridian Secondary School students will learn the necessary academic skills to continue and thrive in the High School section (Grade 10, Grade 11, and Grade 12). Both in respect to garnering core knowledge within each academic subject, students will also develop a broad spectrum of academic skills:

 

writing, literacy, research, numerical, as well as analytical skills. All are aimed to enrich and provide pupils with the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens, introducing pupils to the best that has been thought and said, as well as engendering an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

 

Key Stage 3: Grade 6, Grade 7 & Grade 8

 

At the heart of Key Stage 3 are the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. At Meridian International School, our students following the CIE Secondary 1 programme of learning, which corresponds perfectly to the NC of England. Using the internationally respected curriculum, the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme offers a world-class curriculum, as well as high-quality support for teachers and integrated assessment.

 

During the Key Stage 3 years, our students will undergo two testing options: progression tests (Grade 6 and Grade 7) and Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint (Grade 8). These assessments provide an international benchmark of student achievement, helping teachers to identify learners’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as to give advice on how best to develop students academically.

 

The remaining subjects taught in Grade 6, Grade 7, and Grade 8, are derived from the NCE foundation subjects. All of which are taught, at Meridian International School, with resources developed with each specific curriculum in mind, helping to ensure high student-achievement.

 

 

Subject Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
       
Core Subjects      
English

x

x

x

Mathematics

x

x

x

Science

x

x

x

       
Foundation Subjects      
Art & Design

x

x

x

Information Technology (I.T.)

x

x

x

Modern Languages

x

x

x

Geography

x

x

x

History

x

x

x

Music

x

x

x

Physical Education

x

x

x

 

 

Key Stage 4: Grade 9

 

Grade 9 marks an increase in work difficulty and expected academic standards. Developing on the Lower Secondary years of Grade 6 – Grade 8, students move on to the Upper Secondary schematic work, which will culminate in Grade 10 with the IGCSE examinations.

 

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

 

At Meridian International School, we see Grade 9 as important preparatory year for our students. Continuing with the core subjects from Key Stage 3, in Grade 9 Music and Art & Design are dropped so that students have more time to focus on key IGCSE subjects. Science is divided into the core and more detailed groups of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Additionally, students in Grade 9 begin the required IGCSE course of Global Perspectives, which aims to improve the research and writing skill-set of our students (disciplines learned in this course can be applied throughout all subjects at IGCSE level).

 

It is during Grade 9 that students are encouraged to develop their interests, as well as to choose which seven subject areas they would like to specifically focus on in Grade 10. For more information on this, please see the High School/IGCSE/A Level section of the Meridian International School Website.

 

 

Subject Grade 9
   
Core Subjects  
English

x

Mathematics

x

Global Perspectives

x

   
Foundation Subjects  
Biology

x

Chemistry

x

Physics

x

Information Technology (I.T.)

x

Modern Languages

x

Geography

x

History

x

Physical Education

x

 

 

Czech Republic Ministry of Education:         http://www.msmt.cz/

 

Cambridge Lower Secondary (Grade 6 – 8):

 

http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-1/

 

Cambridge Upper Secondary (Grade 9):

 

http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/

 

National Curriculum of England (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4):

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum

Czech citizens follow, in addition, the Czech program and they take regular examinations at our partner Czech schools. For more information about the “Czech Block” visit the following link: http://meridianedu.cz/about-us/czech-block/