The Secondary department of the Gulf English School offers a high quality English curriculum, taught largely by teachers with British qualifications and leading to IGCSE, AS and A level examinations.

Students are prepared for IGCSE Examinations in Year 10 and 11 and AS/A level examinations in Year 11 and 12. Express students will finish IGCSE in Year 10 and may complete AS in Year 11.

The school day is divided into 9 periods and in Year 7 and 8 students are taught Maths, English, Arabic Language, Islamic studies (for Muslim students) Science in Year 7, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Year 8, ICT, History, Geography, French, Music, Art, PE, Personal and Social Education and the Social Studies of Kuwait. Students in Year 8 have a taster programme of Drama, Business Studies, Economics and Accounting. Students in Year 9 take Arabic Language, Islamic studies (for Muslim Students) English, Maths and a selection of subjects chosen from option groups.

Twice yearly formal examinations provide objective measures of students’ progress followed by reports to parents. Parents also receive an additional 2 progress reports. Year 11 students may choose to complete their IGCSEs or if they have taken them embark on a 2 year ‘A’ level programme or a 1 year ‘A’ and ‘AS’ programme of study.

A limited number of IGCSE courses are offered as a one year crash course. All courses are run subject to student numbers. Class sizes are restricted to 29 students. Parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress at regular parent teacher meetings. Appointments to see individual teachers are welcomed at any time.

Homework is regularly set by staff and is written into the homework diary. Parents are encouraged to use the diary to contact the teacher on minor matters of concern. It is important that parents check and sign the diaries each week.