As a free school, TIBHS has considerable flexibility with its curriculum – the subjects studied, learning methods, levels of study and qualifications that pupils will pursue.
We have a broadly academic curriculum, emphasising the importance of intellectual study and focusing on traditional learning. We believe that this is the best way to equip our pupils for university, the professions and success in whatever career they eventually choose. We are determined that TIBHS’ young men will compete on equal terms with boys coming from the most privileged backgrounds, so we provide an academic, but rounded, education that gives them the best possible chance to succeed.
There are three main elements to the curriculum to address pupils’ academic, personal and social development.
Academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate are at the core of the curriculum. Subjects include English, Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Arts and Technology. The content is driven by the syllabuses and specifications of national examinations.
There is a vocational curriculum for pupils for whom GCSEs are not appropriate, but all pupils are expected to pursue a curriculum with a strong academic core.
We believe that educational excellence can only be guaranteed when what is studied is tailored to each individual student. We will spread the burden of studying for GCSEs over both years at KS4 (years 10 and 11) so that Year 11 does not become too pressured. This allows us to plan effectively for each and every student in Year 11 and to timetable a programme of study that maximises their potential.
The English Baccalaureate is made up of English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a modern foreign language. It is a measure to that shows where pupils have secured a C grade or above across the core of academic subjects at key stage 4. It is designed to enable parents and pupils to see how their school is performing.
Key Stage 4
In Year 10, students will study:
- GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
- GCSE Maths
- GCSE Core Science
- GCSE French
- GCSE Arabic
- GCSE Computer Science
- GCSE Religious Studies
- GCSE History or Geography
- Physical Education
During Year 10, some students are able to complete up to five GCSEs: Core Science, two foreign languages, ICT/Computer Science and Religious Studies.
In Year 11, students complete courses in:
- GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
- GCSE Maths (some students will complete additional maths qualifications)
- GCSE Additional Science (some students will complete additional further science qualifications)
- GCSE History or GCSE Geography
- GCSE Art or GCSE PE will be undertaken by some students
Students also receive additional time for personal study and have the opportunity to undertake projects relating to community service and charity.
Alongside the core academic curriculum, all pupils take part in a character development programme which includes sport, cultural, creative and other activities. This helps them develop key personal skills and aptitudes such as communications, leadership, team work and problem-solving that are so sought after by today’s top Universities and employers.
The School’s Leadership Specialism has a key role to play, offering opportunities to TIBHS pupils that would normally be the preserve of a private education.
Service to Communities
If our students are to fulfil their potential as members of British and global society, it is essential that their time with us makes them determined to contribute to the greater good – locally, nationally and globally. A commitment to community service and civic responsibility runs through every area of the curriculum.
This is brought into particular focus in the “community” curriculum. This is designed to help pupils develop a sense of civic responsibility, an understanding of the potential of voluntary activity and an appreciation of how they can use their individual skills and talents to benefit the world around them. The “community” curriculum is fundamental to the school’s mission.
Students get a chance to put their citizenship skills into practice through activities where pupils can explore in a practical and direct way the importance of active citizenship to fundamental British values and to Islamic and other faith cultures.
Our aim at TIBHS is simple – we want to provide the best possible education for our students in the most secure environment whilst helping every boy to achieve his goals, dreams and ambitions.
An enchanting buzz of hunger, thirst and passion for learning is the norm at TIBHS. As the culture of positive, progressive learning created by staff envelopes its body of students, one thing is understood by all – second best is just not acceptable here…
The delivery of the entire range of subject areas and student support is the responsibility of a faculty, with each faculty taking responsibility for its subject provision. Click on the links below to learn more about our faculties:
- Faculty of English
- Faculty of Mathematics
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages
- Faculty of Sports
- Faculty of Communications
For more information about our curriculum, please contact Michael Gibbison, firstname.lastname@example.org