Aims of the Curriculum

As a student progresses through the BOS, he or she will find that the curriculum is rooted in the following five (and at higher levels, six) principles: continuity, relevance, breadth, balance, differentiation and from Year 10 onwards, choice.

Continuity is provided by our adherence to the National Curriculum of England and Wales. This framework ensures that our students progress smoothly from Primary into Secondary and, when needs must, from the BOS into schools in the UK or British schools around the world.

Nevertheless, the National Curriculum is only a framework. As an international school, with British characteristics, and a local flavour, the curriculum is amended to ensure that it retains its relevance to our students in Karachi. Hence Urdu is compulsory in Key Stage 3 and, in all subjects, local evidence and resources are used where possible. Also we have chosen to abandon the UK-centred Citizenship course, in favour of a combination of General Studies and ‘Well-being’ courses.

We achieve breadth through the range of subjects on offer, but balance this against the need for in depth knowledge in certain areas. Thus, in Key Stage 3, the subjects are wide-ranging and all are compulsory. In Key Stages 4 and 5 (Sixth Form) more opportunities for choice are introduced to allow students to pursue their own interests.

As a student moves through the Secondary school they will find greater differentiation. A degree of streaming is introduced early in English and Mathematics, enabling students to move at the pace appropriate to their own needs. And, in Key Stage 4, science students take either three separate sciences or combined science.