Secondary

The curriculum at The International School of Penang (Uplands) is designed to offer an international education. Qualities and characteristics are drawn from various national curricula, supported and promoted through the experience and motivation of highly-qualified staff.

The Secondary Years Programme

The School exists in order to develop the confidence and self-esteem of students by encouraging them to achieve in an extensive range of arenas. Throughout their time at Uplands, students are offered an opportunity to learn a lot; much of it is academic, but lessons for life are there as well.

Pastoral Care

The pastoral system is one we are very proud of. At Uplands, we feel children learn best in a secure and pleasant environment. Every child is placed in a tutor group with Form Tutors. The Form Tutors will look after your children in a variety of ways. Not only will they check the progress of your child, but they will care for your childs welfare throughout the year.

There are also pastoral Heads of Year to oversee the different year groups. All of these people will be happy to discuss problems or anxieties with both students and parents or guardians. In addition Uplands has a School Guidance Counsellor

Academic Study

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a broad base of studies intended to extend upon previously acquired knowledge and to provide a foundation for their future schooling. Currently, courses for senior students culminate in the University of Cambridge’s International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Years 10 and 11. All students entering the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) will study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

  • External IGCSE and the IB examinations are held from May-June each year.
  • The Schools internal examinations for Years 10 and 12 are held in the third term.

Throughout the Secondary School, students are given a degree of choice in the selection of their subjects. These options become more varied as they progress through the School and work in increasingly specialised fields.

Click on the following to find out more on each individual subjects in the academic year groups:

Years 7, 8, 9
Years 10 & 11 (IGCSE)
Years 12 & 13 (IB Diploma Programme)

Mathematics, English Language and Physical Education (PE) are compulsory up to Year 12, and students are encouraged to study a modern second language throughout the school. Malaysian citizens are required by law to study Bahasa Malaysia (the national language) up to Year 11.

Students who need strong English support will be required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) until they are competent.

Support and advice is offered to all students throughout their time at Uplands. For children who are exceptionally high achievers or those with learning difficulties, specialist support
is available.

Support and advice is offered to all students throughout their time at Uplands. For children who are exceptionally high achievers or those with learning difficulties, specialist support
is available

Homework

Homework supports the curriculum in a variety of ways, enabling students to develop their skills and understanding by providing opportunities which include:

  • follow up and research topics of particular interest and aspects of the work covered in class;
  • working at their own speed and level;
  • developing independence, organisation and responsibility;
  • preparing for future activities;
  • demonstrating how well they have understood a concept taught in class