The Spark curriculum principles are underpinned by the assurance of equality of access and opportunity to learn and achieve progress. They simultaneously promote academic achievement and personal growth.
IGCSE and AS/A Level
Courses are available to support students working towards completing Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A-Level examinations from the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) exam board.
Cambridge IGCSE Exam
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an English language based examination developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Students usually study for IGCSE for two years, starting in Year 10 and take the exam at the end of Year 11.
Typical subjects for IGCSE candidates include a First Language, a Second Language, Mathematics and two more subjects of their choice. Students receive IGCSE qualifications for each subject individually and prepare them for their A-level certifications.
Cambridge International AS and A-level Exam
Advanced level qualifications (A level Exams) are subject-based qualifications developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Students must have at least 5 IGCSE qualifications in order to take the A-level Exams.
Students usually study three or more subjects over the course of two years, starting in Year 12. By taking A-level exams, students are prepared to apply to a wide range of top universities and colleges across the world.
Spark School Curriculum Framework
The Spark curriculum follows the British Educational System framework and is intended to be:
We teach subjects at a level appropriate to the age and the usual skills of our pupils. The admissions process indicates those potential pupils who will cope best with the curriculum. The use of a variety of approaches to teaching caters to pupils with a variety of learning styles.
We offer self-paced learning materials together with support from an experienced academic tutor. Our academic courses are built using a proven structure designed to support learning in an online environment. We use a combination of curated content and original content created by experienced subject specialists.
We ensure the development of a holistic approach to students’ personal and social growth. We achieve this by creating a balance between learning and real-life experience so that these do not feel like separate subjects.
All parts of the curriculum are available to all pupils. The use of a variety of differentiated approaches to teaching caters to pupils with various learning styles and allows them to learn effectively. We encourage students to fulfil their potential.
Each area of learning and experience is given appropriate attention concerning the students’ needs and the curriculum as a whole.
We consider prior attainment and future needs, both in terms of progress within school and in the world beyond school.
The range of subjects enhances pupils’ analytical, creative, intellectual and physical development.