Kensington School follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales with small modifications to take into account our international context.
The broad and balanced Key Stage 3 (Forms 1, 2 & 3) curriculum includes Art, Drama, English, French, Games, General Science, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PSHE Education, Physical Education and Spanish. Although most subjects are taught in mixed ability class groups, progress in Spanish and French is best achieved in small sets of around 10 in a group.
Students are entered at the age of 16 for the external iGCSE/GCSE public examination of the Edexcel Examinations Board, of which Kensington School is a recognised ‘Edexcel Centre for Learning’. Normally exams in nine subjects are taken from a choice which currently includes Art, Biology, Chemistry, English Language (First Language or Additional Language), English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish. The appointment of a Music teacher in 2012 should allow us to offer twelve iGCSE/GCSE subjects in the near future.
Occasionally students will prepare themselves for exams in their mother language since such qualifications are accepted by some universities and colleges.
At Sixth Form level, we offer AS and A2 Advanced Level examinations again via Edexcel in London. Conventionally students will follow courses in four subjects although some may decide to do three or five examinations depending on their career aspirations. We teach Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish at this level. Students also choose a non-examinable course in either Physical Education or General Studies.
We are a traditional school, not a Sixth Form college. This means that Sixth Form students are expected to be at school at all times. We insist on them attending a number of supervised study periods since background reading and research are essential for success at Advanced Level.
Senior School students attend weekly assembly which often focuses on moral or contemporary issues. Topics covered in PSHE are often emphasised in assembly. It is common for pupils to lead assemblies as a way of encouraging their public speaking and presentational skills.