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The secondary school at Al Shohub consists of five year groups and two separate Key Stages. Your daughter will follow the Key Stage 3 curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 (11 to 14 years old) in preparation for her senior years at school in Key Stage 4 for Years 10 and 11 (14 to 16 years old).

In Key Stage 3 students will remain in the same class but will move around to specialist areas of learning within the school to be taught by subject specialists. In Key Stage 4 students will have options to choose a pathway of learning that interests them for future studies at university and career choices; this will mean that students’ classes will change depending on who has chosen what subject, adopting a more mature way of learning. At Al Shohub we encourage our students to become independent leaders of tomorrow.


At Al Shohub, we teach the National Curriculum for England but in an international context where the UAE Ministry of Education syllabus is incorporated into the curriculum structure.

The National Curriculum for England provides students with an education that is recognised and held in esteem around the world. Acknowledged for its high academic standards and its well-rounded approach to education, the curriculum provides students with transferability and the opportunity to gain access to reputable universities, worldwide.In addition to the development of specific skills and competencies, the curriculum emphasises enquiry, creativity, analytical evaluation and other skills needed to meet the challenges of the future.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

By Key Stage 3, the student is ready for creative and accelerated learning. The students become aware of the need to set daily goals and have long-term objectives.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • Social Studies

Non-Core Subjects

  •  Art
  •  Food and Nutrition
  • French
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Moral Education
  • Physical Education (PE)

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)

By Key Stage 4, students are now ready to choose their subjects based on their future university requirements for their chosen career path.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science – taught as single award or double award
  • Arabic Language
  • Islamic Studies
  • Social Studies (up to Year 10)

Other Subjects

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Food and Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • History


Purposeful assessment is a valued part of our students’ education as it allows our teachers to identify gaps in learning and build on strengths, allowing your daughter to be on a pathway to success for the future.

Students are continually assessed in secondary school on a formative basis, where they will receive ongoing feedback from their teachers with regards to how they can further improve in their learning.Students also complete summative assessments at the end of each mid-term. The results of these assessments are shared with both students and parents.

All students in Key Stage 3 are also assessed through external assessments. This will be a combination of cognitive testing to predict student targets and show student potential, along with subject specific testing through online progress tests provided by GL education. We use these assessments to benchmark your child to see how they compare with national and international standards.

In Key Stage 4, in addition to the external assessments mentioned above, students will sit external examinations, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), provided by accredited exam boards such as Cambridge and Edexcel. These exam results will help to support your daughter’s entry into further education and subsequent choice of university.