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Norwich International School

Secondary

"A purpose-built state of the art Secondary facility
will be ready for in 2022"
Norwich currently has students up to Year 10 and will open an additional year level each year. Plans are well advanced for the construction of a purpose built Secondary facility on our 9 Rai (14 Hectare) plot of land adjacent to the school. The completion is anticipated for the 2022-23 academic year and will have all the facilities necessary to deliver a world class all round education including:
  • Additional Science laboratories

  • An aquatic centre with a practice pool and 25m swimming pool

  • A gymnasium with provision for full-sized basketball, badminton and volleyball courts 

  • Football pitch

  • Tennis courts

  • Fitness centre

  • 500-seat Auditorium

  • 30 spacious well-appointed general classrooms

  • Cafeteria

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Coming Soon...
Mr Oliver Firth, our Secondary Coordinator, takes you on a tour of Secondary.

Curriculum

Secondary

Our curriculum at Norwich is based on the National Curriculum for England, Wales and Northern Ireland adapted to our international setting and our Values. We enhance the curriculum with a provision for mindfulness and with a deliberate focus on Mandarin. Students in Years 7 to 9 access Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. Students in Years 10 and 11 access Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum.

The aims of the National Curriculum for England, Wales and Northern Ireland for Secondary students are to enable all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

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British Curriculum

Key Stages 3 & 4 Framework

Specialist teachers deliver all aspects of the curriculum to students in Secondary.

Years 7 to 9

All lessons are with specialists: 7 periods of English, 5 periods of Mathematics, Science, and Global Perspectives, 4 periods of both Thai and Mandarin, 2 periods of Sport & Games / Swimming, Art and Music, with 1 period of Mindfulness, ICT and Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE). Each Friday morning there is also an Assembly.

More information about Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum can be found here

At the end of Year 9 students will sit the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) Checkpoint examinations for English, Mathematics, Science and Global Perspectives.

Of interest to parents and students is our Year 7 to 9 Curriculum Guide for 2021-2022,

which can be found here

Years 10 and 11

All lessons are with specialists: 6 periods of English (Language and Literature OR English – Second Language), 5 periods of Mathematics, Science and Thai, 4 periods of Global Perspectives, Mandarin and the 2 optional subjects. The optional subjects are selected from subjects such as: Music, Art & Design, Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, History, ICT and Geography. There is also 1 period of Sport & Games and either Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) or Assembly.

More information about Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum can be found here

At the end of Year 11 students will sit for the International General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSEs) with Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).

Of interest to parents and students are our IGCSE Curriculum Guides. The 2020-2022 version, which can be found here, is for students sitting IGCSE examinations in 2022. Whereas the 2021-2023 version, which can be found here, is for students sitting IGCSE examinations in 2023.

Years 10 and 11

All lessons are with specialists and each subject has an allocation of 7 periods. In Year 12 it is compulsory to take English Language.

The Cambridge International AS & A Levels are qualifications awarded by Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE). It is usual for students to study four AS Level subjects in Year 12 and three or four A Level subjects in Year 13, depending on academic aspirations and requirements.

AS & A Level courses take two years of study and are assessed through final examinations, taken at the end of the course in May/June. AS Level examinations are taken in Year 12, with A Levels in Year 13. Assessment methods vary from subject to subject and, as well as the final written examinations, may include oral/aural, practical examinations or coursework. All examination scripts are sent to CAIE to be externally marked.

Of interest to parents and students is our AS/A Level Curriculum Guide, which can be found here.

After School Activities

(ASA)

The purpose of ASAs are to allow students to utilise the facilities of the school to maximum effect and to experience classes that are not normally included in the normal school day. These are additional activities that take place outside of the mainstream curriculum of the school. They usually include activities such as sports, art, yoga, robotics, cooking, language classes and much, much more. ASAs take place from 3.10-3.50 pm Monday to Thursday.

Norwich Music Academy

Students are able to participate in two levels of tuition, which are paid for separately by parents and operate in 10 week blocks each term. 

  • Trinity College London Tutorials 
    For serious musicians, who must show dedication and commitment, looking to progress through the grading system with Trinity College London. With external professional providers. More information can be found here.

  • Music for Enjoyment
    Learning the fundamentals and enjoying the process of developing musical abilities. With Norwich staff. More information can be found here.

Norwich Sports Academy

Primary and Secondary students are able to participate in a coordinated programme of sport provision. Each term a number of sports will be offered every day after school, the timing being 3.00 to 4.30pm. More information can be found here.

University and Careers Counselling

Beginning in Year 7, our Secondary students begin a formal process of identifying strengths, interests and aptitude with a view of making discerning choices for optional subjects for IGCSE and AS/A Level courses. Individual guidance on university choices and support with application processes is provided by our University and Careers Counsellor.

Learning Support

At Norwich we have specialised provision for both English Language Support (ELS) and Special Educational Needs (SEN). Full details are available upon enquiry or can be found in the Guidebook for Admission.

Education Outside

the Classroom

All students have the opportunity to go on trips related to their curriculum studies during the year. There are usually around 3 trips each year for the students, where the actual frequency, timing and type of trip will be dependent upon the age of the children. Secondary students are expected to take part in a residential camp of some kind. At Norwich the experience for the students, in terms of challenge, duration and expectation, gradually increases as they get older. Common destinations for residential camps are National Parks such as Khao Yai or Kraeng Krachan or places of Historical Interest such as Chiang Mai.

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Our Teachers

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Meet the Secondary Coordinator

Mr Oliver Firth

Secondary Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

Oliver Firth started at Norwich in Academic Year 2021/2022 and now in his second year he has joined the Senior Leadership Team as secondary coordinator, working directly under the head of school.

 

Oliver has over 10 years of classroom teaching experience in a wide variety of settings and locations including the UK, Dubai, China and Thailand, in both public and private secondary schools. He has worked in Thailand for over 4 years, and has worked at several well known schools in Bangkok, including Saint Joseph’s Convent school and Amnuay Silpa bilingual school. Oliver teaches both English Language and English literature and has a lot of teaching experience in Upper Secondary, especially at GCSE level.


"The most important cornerstone of my teaching philosophy is to build positive and productive relationships with my students and classes- students can best be helped to fulfill their academic and personal potential when they are supported and encouraged by their teachers." 


As a literature teacher, Oliver enjoys a wide range of classical and modern literature, especially classic dystopian fiction such as George Orwell's 1984.
 

Oliver graduated from Durham University with a degree in Philosophy, and received his Secondary English focused PGCE from Huddersfield university. He also possesses an ESL qualification (CELTA) and has received Cambridge training in IGCSE and A level English.

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Mr Richard Flook

Secondary System Coordinator

Global Perspectives Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

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Mr Ryan Allan

Year 8 Homeroom and English Teacher, 
University / Careers Counsellor

Bachelor of Arts

Professional Educator License (USA)

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Mr Steve Franklin

Year 9 Homeroom and Mathematics Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

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Mr Jorge Aguiar

Year 7 Homeroom and Art & Design Teacher

Bachelor of Education

Master of Education

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Mr Oliver Firth

Year 10 Homeroom and English Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

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Mr Karl Dearing

Year 11 Homeroom, Computer Science,
ICT Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

PGCE

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Mr Josh Date

Year 12 Homeroom, Business,
Physical Education Teacher

Bachelor of Human Movement & Business Management, M.Ed.

PGCE

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Mr Odin Rønning

Science Teacher

Bachelor of Marine Science

Professional Educator License (USA)

Specialist Teachers
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Ms Thawinee Jiemjumnunja

Thai Teacher

Bachelor of Education

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Ms Janeille Llenado

Music Teacher

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Arts

CTM, CTP

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Ms Eileen Tolentino

Special Educational Needs Teacher

Bachelor of Elementary Education

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Mr Nima Mirzajani

Sport & Games Teacher

Bachelor of Science

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Ms Honey Lou Canate

Sport & Games Teacher

Bachelor of Science

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Ms Eileen Tolentino

English Language Support Teacher

Bachelor of Elementary Education

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Ms Jeannilyn Bajan

Librarian and Special Educational Needs Teacher

Bachelor of Elementary Education

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