Academic Programmes

Junior School

Junior school consists of Forms 1 to 3. Forms 1 and 2: the aims are to help students feel secure in their new surroundings, offer a broad curriculum and ensure that firm foundations are in place in key disciplines. The programme helps students adapt to having specialist teachers, moving between lessons, handle homework (prep) and develop effective study habits. All classes are mixed-ability, apart from beginners French in Forms 1 and 2 and accelerated Maths in Form 3. Each student is assigned a Tutor to oversee their progress.

Form 3: introduces choice in the Creative Arts and Languages based on the interests and abilities of the students. Art, Drama, Music and siSwati become optional whilst Spanish is introduced as a possible extra second language (for able beginners). French is taught in mixed ability groups. In Mathematics, the top third begin an accelerated programme to prepare them to take the International Mathematics IGCSE a year early in Form 4; this course only became available in 2008. Please click here to get the /perch/resources/form123academicbooklet-1.pdf Lower School Booklet.

Subjects offered

English

French

SiSwati

Spanish (From from 3 onwards)

Mathematics

General Science

History

Geography

Physical Education

IT

Art

Music

Drama

Life Skills

IGCSE

The IGCSE is made up of Forms 4 and 5. At Waterford, we are proud to be offering the Cambridge IGCSE qualification. 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. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English. The IGCSE curriculum is built around learners specific needs. Starting from a foundation of core subjects, it is easy to add breadth and cross-curricular perspectives. Encouraging learners to engage with a variety of subjects, and make connections between them, is fundamental to Cambridge’s approach. For Waterford staff, Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible and stimulating curriculum, supported with excellent resources and training.

For WK learners, Cambridge IGCSE helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. It is the perfect springboard to advanced study. Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

• Subject content

• Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations

• Intellectual enquiry

• Flexibility and responsiveness to change

• Working and communicating in English

• Influencing outcomes

• Cultural awareness.

Waterford and other schools worldwide have been involved in the development of Cambridge IGCSE. The syllabuses are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. They have been created specifically for an international student body and avoid cultural bias.

Subjects offered

English

French

SiSwati

Spanish (From from 3 onwards)

Mathematics

General Science

History

Geography

Physical Education

IT

Art

Music

Drama

Business Studies

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in the senior school is most often seen as the programme that fits WKs vision and mission best. Like WK, the IB firmly believes that a genuine educational programme must offer more than a series of academic subjects. Activities, sports, global concerns and a real engagement with the local community are as key to a successful completion of the Diploma programme as intellectual ability and academic achievement. Like WK, the IB believes that the purpose of any education must be to help young people embrace diversity and difference. Only then, says the IB mission statement, will education lead to a more peaceful world. Anyone will agree that such a conviction is very close to the UWC and WK mission and vision indeed.

The IB Diploma programme offers schools a wide range of subjects to choose from. Please click here to see the IB Learner profile

Subjects offered

English A and B

French B and Ab initio

SiSwati A

Spanish B and Ab initio

Self Taught Mother Tongue Languages

Mathematics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Environmental Systems and Societies

History

Geography

Anthropology

Psychology

Business Management

Economics

Visual Arts

Music

Theatre

In addition to studying six subjects, an IB Diploma student is required to follow the Theory of Knowledge course (TOK) and write an Extended Essay (EE). A further and important part of the IB Diploma is the Creativity, Activity and Service programme (CAS).