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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.

Guidelines for using the bus service

Any student who travels on the bus must adhere to the School Behavioral Policy as they would at school. Students who do not adhere to the policy will be permanently excluded from the bus service.

  • It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the Bus Assistant if the student can not take the bus for any reason (e.g. illness)
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure an approved adult accompanies the student at the pick-up and drop-off point at the designated time. The school bus will not wait for late students.
  • Students should sit as quickly as possible upon entering the bus, in the assigned seat.
  • Safety belts should be worn at all times on the bus.
  • Students should not stand or move while the bus is in motion.
  • Students should listen to the Bus Assistant at all times and follow instructions given.
  • Students should not distract the Bus Driver.
  • Only authorised adults are permitted to travel on the school bus.
  • Students should respect the rights and well being of all other students, the Bus Assistant and Bus Driver at all times. Bullying in any form will not be tolerated.
  • Should a student require an age appropriate booster seat this should be provided by parents in line with UAE guidelines and size specifications.
  • School bags should be stored safely under the seat and items are not left in the aisle.
  • Indecent conduct or loud, disruptive or profane language will not be permitted.
  • Play fighting and/or rough play is not permitted at any time.
  • Any damage or vandalism will be paid for by the offender(s).
  • Windows and doors are to be opened or closed only with the permission of the Bus Assistant.
  • If allowed, windows should only be opened to the indicated safety line.
  • All parts of the student’s body shall remain inside the bus at all times.
  • Pets are not allowed on the school bus under any circumstances.
  • Students should not enter or leave the bus until it has come to a complete stop.
  • The school does not have any responsibility for students once they have left the school bus at the designated drop point.
  • Any requests to change to another bus should be submitted in writing using the Bus Request Form. Please note a permanent change can only be effective depending on availability.