HIGH SCHOOL DEVELOPMENTS

HIGH SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT
In order for ISSR both to consolidate and to develop its position as a preeminent educational provider within Siem Reap, it must look beyond Siem Reap and compare itself with quality international schools on a global scale. This process began in August the start of school year with a far-reaching review of educational provision at that stage and, through a development plan underpinned by a culture of continuous improvement, the School took major steps forward in a very short time-frame, those developments being discernible, effective and, above all, targeted at maximising the benefits afforded to our students.

DEVELOPMENTS 2017-2018
PHASES #1 (2017-2018)
ACADEMIC
– Inclusion of Drama in KS3 English curriculum
– Introduction of targeted English support in addition to current ESL provision
– Inclusion of Literature in KS3 English curriculum
– Introduction of Communication skills course for KS4 and KS5
– Introduction of Business Studies taster course for Y9
– Review of PSHE/Citizenship programme and purchase of new courses
– Introduction of Games period for Y7-9 in addition to Physical Education
– Introduction of mid-term assessments
– Introduction of detailed academic reports and refined assessment criteria
– Promotion of Y12 AS Level courses
– Creation of Y9>Y10 IGCSE options system
– Production of entrance assessment tests for English
– Production of curriculum plans
– Independent candidates for IGCSE subjects (for example First Language French and Korean)
TIMETABLING
Restructuring of timetables to allow for full school assemblies, class assemblies, tutor periods and staff meetings.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR
– Introduction of extra-curricular timetable for the entire school including Psychology, Public Speaking, Performance Arts
– Establishment of the High School Council
– Re-vitalisation of the House System
– Establishment of Year Book Committee and publication of Year Book
– Establishment of inter-schools competitions
– Establishment of International Day
OTHER
– Introduction of Careers Day for Year 9-13 including international careers advisors and Morrisby testing
– Review of High School newsletter
– General renovation of classrooms and purchase of lockers for all students
– Renovation of classrooms to allow for large ICT suite and adjoining classroom/research area
– Establishment of international links with a school in Malaysia and coordination of visit
– Production of online admissions documentation
– Production of online employment application
– Review of website
– Review of all High School policies (staff and students)
– Introduction of the Merit System in recognition of academic achievement and progress

 

DEVELOPMENTS 2018-2019
PHASE #2 (2018-2019)
In addition to the developments listed above the following is already in place for academic year 2017-18:
ACADEMIC
– PSHE for all students
– Work-related learning and Thinking Skills for Year 12 students
– IGCSE Art and Design
– IGCSE Drama
– IGCSE Physical Education
– IGCSE Additional Mathematics
– Full AS Level programme comprising English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT and Psychology with the possibility of tailor-made programmes for subjects with fewer students (for example Art and Design Technology)
– Mid-term assessments, in addition to full reports, issued to parents
– Assessment and examination periods fixed in the school calendar including full end-of-term assessments for all students towards the end of Term #1
– Appointment of subject coordinator for English
– Employment of additional teacher of English
– Two teachers sharing the delivery of Mathematics
– Two teachers sharing the delivery of Humanities, History, Geography and PSHE

 TARGETS 2018-2019
– more in-depth subject specific criteria for assessment
– development of more detailed schemes of work in addition to curriculum plans
TIMETABLING
Continued restructuring of timetables which has allowed:
–  PSHE for all students
– team sports for all students and an extra-curricular period of one hour
– the removal of all double lessons
– the removal of KS3 study periods
– greater balance in terms of distribution of subjects across the school day
EXTRA-CURRICULAR
– Widening of the extra-curricular programme to allow for greater range of activities available
– Use of external facilities to enhance sporting activities
OTHER
– Construction of DT classroom and workshop thereby doubling the space available for the study of Art
– All classrooms fitted with Power Point projectors and screens
– Introduction of House point system and associated merit awards