El Alsson British International School is a fully accredited member of British Schools in the Middle East, and is an approved centre for Edexcel and Cambridge GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A-Level examinations and has undertaken a valid and up to date British Schools Overseas inspection in October 2021. The British School is a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme*, which runs alongside the UK National Curriculum in Years 7-9. In our primary section, the International Early Years Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum are delivered alongside the UK National Curriculum. The British School delivers the proven system of British education to children aged 3 to 18: from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 13.
The majority of our students are Egyptian, and so the Arabic, Religion and National Social Studies programme that we offer for first language speakers throughout the school is certified by the Ministry of Education and meets the requirements for Egyptian students through all phases of National education: Primary, Prep and Secondary up to Thanawiya’Amma and fulfils all curriculum requirements for entry into Egyptian universities. We also provide Arabic as a Second Language for foreigners throughout the school, and this can be taken as a GCSE subject in Year 11.
DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL 21ST CENTURY CITIZENS
To achieve our goals through thinking, learning and caring
|THINKING means SEEING THE BIG PICTURE
· Thinking for ourselves and with others
· Thinking for the future
· Creativity without borders
· Making responsible decisions
|LEARNING means ALL LEARNING ALL THE TIME
· Creating opportunities and extending our limits
· Achieving our goals
· Teachers making it happen
· Celebrating success and adapting to nuances
|CARING means EVERYONE IS VALUED
· Strength in belonging to our school and wider community
· Supporting and being supported
· Being safe, secure, happy and healthy
· Respecting ourselves, others and the world around us
In line with the National Curriculum for England, children between the ages of 3 and 5 follow the International Early Years Curriculum: a two-year programme designed to meet the needs of this age group and prepare them for entry into Key Stage 1. In Year 1, children embark on the first year of the KS1 curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum.
From Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 (age 6-10), students follow the National Curriculum for England and the International Primary Curriculum, adapted slightly to meet the needs of our student body, which is made up of Egyptian nationals and children from many other countries.
Our highly trained and dedicated teaching staff is led by a primary leadership team that comprises the following roles:
Head of Primary: Mrs Nihal Amin
Head of Key Stage: Ms May Hassan
Head of Early Years (EYFS & Key Stage 1): Ms Yasmine Halawa
Head of Teaching and Learning Key Stage 2: Mr James Parkinson
Head of Teaching and Learning Early Years: Ms Nadine Barouma
Head of Teacher Development (Primary): Ms Semran Tossoun
The Secondary School caters for students aged 11-18 and offers the National Curriculum for England in KS3, GCSE and IGCSE courses in Years 10 and 11 and AS and A2 Levels in KS5. In Key Stage 3, students study the UK National Curriculum alongside the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP). The school is a candidate school for the IB MYP*.
Our highly trained and dedicated teaching staff is led by a secondary leadership team that comprises the following roles:
Head of British Secondary School– Mr Parras Majithia
Head of Key Stage 3– Mr Ben Ranson
Head of Key Stage 4– Mrs Jen Ranson
Head of Key Stage 5– Mrs Maggie Vallely
Head of Teaching and Learning Secondary– Mrs Celine Macarthur
Key Stage 3
In KS3 all students study the core programme of:
Language and Literature (English and Arabic), Mathematics, Sciences Digital Design, Language Acquisition (French and Arabic Second Language) as well as Arabic Social Studies and Religion (Islam or Christianity), broadened by:
Arts (Drama, Music and Visual Arts), Individuals and Societies (Geography and History) and Physical and Health Education. Students also have one discreet lesson of PSHE or Enrichment every week.
Planning, preparation, delivery and assessment follows the requirements of the UK National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)*.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stages 4 we offer a mixture of Edexcel and Cambridge courses. Students study a combination of GCSEs and IGCSEs depending on the subject. Heads of Subjects and SLT study available syllabuses very carefully in order to ensure we cater the curriculum for the needs of our students. Academic results are very strong at IGCSE/GCSE level.
All GCSE students study a core of:
English First Language and English Literature; Mathematics; Arabic; Social Studies, Religion (Islam or Christianity); and Physical Education enhanced by five options subjects from:
Accounting; Art & Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Drama; French; Geography; History; Economics; Computer Science; Information & Communication Technology; Physics; Psychology and Travel and Tourism.
Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5 students choose four subjects to study at A-Level in Year 12. (A few students study three or five). They continue with three of these to full A-Level in Year 13. Available subjects include:
Arabic; Art & Design; Biology; Business Studies; Computer Science; Chemistry; Economics; English Literature; French; Geography; History; Information & Communication Technology; Mathematics (Mechanics or Statistics), Further Mathematics and Physics.
Planning, preparation, delivery and assessment follows the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Examination Boards.
Students who take GCSEs, AS and A-Levels in the Senior School achieve excellent grades. Graduates have gone on to great success in top universities in Egypt and abroad, notably in the UK, USA and Canada, but also in a large number of other countries. This is further evidence of the high standards we set for our students and of our successful approach to developing our children’s learning. Further details can be found on the GCSE and A-Level results page.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org