The school is in three parts: Primary (Kindergarten to Grade 5), Middle (Grade 6 to Grade 8) and Senior (Grade 9 to Grade 12). The National Curriculum for England and Wales is followed in all parts of the school, but we modify it to reflect our very international flavour. The British Curriculum is taught in over 150 countries around the world and opens up the door to most higher education establishments. The Curriculum encourages students to think for themselves, solve problems and begin to develop critical thinking skills.
At HOPAC Primary School, we base our teaching on the Cambridge International Primary Programme but have adapted our curriculum for our international Christian context.
Students in primary school do not sit formal exams, but parents receive progress reports 3 times each year. Core subjects are taught by the class teacher. School hours are 7.30am–2.30pm.
We have a well-
structured scheme incorporating the main elements of the
fundamental and a
strong feature of
teaching in the lower years.We use a phonics basis that is
effective in producing quality reading and also good spelling and
Our emphasis is on
practical activities, and
the application of skills. We use hands- on apparatus to help students learn new
experience the process of investigation and discovery.
Science, History and
Geography are taught
in a thematic way that emphasizes the inter- relation of different subjects. We believe in the value of regular
educational visits to Places of interest.
We believe God is the
author of all learning
and seek to learn His
ways as we study
every subject. We also
have specific lessons
each week when we
learn what He has
revealed through His
We teach Swahili,
Music, Art, Information
swimming as part of
our normal weekly
are offered to primary
students after school.
Grades 6 - 8:
The curriculum in the first three years of secondary school is intended to offer students a broad programme whilst also laying the foundation for success in IGCSE courses in Grade 9 and 10.
English, Mathematics, Science, Bible, Social Studies, French, Community Service (Service Learning), Creative Arts, Information Technology, Physical Education
Grades 9 – 10:
International General Certificate of Secondary Education
Students prepare for IGCSE in Grade 9 and 10 with final exams in May of each year. IGCSE is examined by the Cambridge International Examinations Board. It parallels GCSE examinations in the UK but has been designed for international students. It has world-wide recognition as an academic qualification.
IGCSE subjects offered: English Language, Biology, Geography, Accounting, English Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, History, French, Art and Design, ICT, PE
In addition, students take non-examined courses in Bible, Physical Education, Life Skills and Leadership. They will also have Service Learning opportunities, in which every student will participate. A number of students also prepare for examinations in their mother-tongue.
Grade 11 and 12:
AS and A level examinations
For the final two years, the school offers a range of AS and A Level subjects, also examined by the Cambridge International Examinations Board. Most students will study four subjects at AS level in Grade 11, and then continue three of them to full A level in the second year. Other combinations are possible, according to the ability of the student and their needs for preparing for higher education.
We hope to offer the following courses for Academic Year 2023-24 in Grade 11:
English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, French, French Literature, Business Studies, Psychology, Art and Design, Economics, Computer Studies, IGCSE Sociology.
Alongside these examination courses, students take courses in Bible, Service Learning, and Life Skills.