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Secondary School Programme

An academically rigorous, inquiry based, interdisciplinary programme taught by inspiring and talented teachers from around the globe which blends IB philosophy with the best of international practice, culminating with Cambridge IGCSE qualifications in up to 8 subjects.

An interdisciplinary, integrated programme offered for students aged 12 to 16.

Dynamic teachers from Brazil and around the globe Committed teachers who enjoy working at St. Nicholas School. We invest in Professional Learning Communities and networks because we believe that learning starts with us and that we learn for and with others.

Academic rigour and international qualifications A rich and balanced curriculum with added choice in Years 9 and 10. Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.
Pupils typically sit Cambridge University IGCSE courses in English, Portuguese, Spanish Geography, History, Maths and Double Sciences. Syllabuses can be downloaded here.

Understanding how students learn best Differentiated classrooms where difference is celebrated and active learners are encouraged to take learning beyond academic study. We encourage metacognition and ‘learning how to learn’ by asking challenging, interdisciplinary questions, promoting diverse critical thinking and developing research skills.

A language rich Curriculum Meeting the 21st century needs of international and Brazilian students. A core based around an inquiry led, interdisciplinary course of Global Perspectives. First Language courses are offered in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish

Science and Maths Inquiry based and located in real world, practical experiences to promote the understanding and application of knowledge. Six purpose built, technology rich science labs, 8 specialist teachers and two lab technicians aid practical experiments and provide a framework for innovative science teaching. 

The Maths and Science Faculties have designed an international curriculum to provide an exciting, learner-oriented experience focused on creating confident learners who are academically rigorous, share a sense of achievement and who love Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Holistic and broad Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama all well represented in the curriculum and are valued by the school. This is emphasised in the timetable of all learners and in participation in curricular and extracurricular teams and clubs.

A learner centered, personalised curriculum recognising a range of talents, competencies, interests skills and abilities, where the needs of the individual student are put first.

Great Teaching Spaces All teaching spaces have been designed purposefully in consultation subject areas and provide access to a full range of digital technologies. High quality wireless coverage across campus enables learners to be mindfully connected to information in a global society.

Making a difference and exploring personal interests and talents through annual Life Skills trips, Model United Nations (MUN), Student Magazine, Coding Club, Student Council, House Competitions, Community Action and Service (CAS), and a range of student and teacher led activities.

Working together to develop student voice Vertical Tutor Groups facilitate responsibility and develop shared 21st century leadership. The Student Council and the house system empower learners to take action and make differences in their world.


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