New Cairo British International School
About New Cairo British International School
At NCBIS we offer a caring and high quality education in a secure environment on our unique campus for the international community of Cairo. We have high personal and academic expectations for our students and are proud of the varied and challenging learning opportunities that are provided to our pupils.
Our educational approaches arise out of the best of government and independent education systems, as well as the best practice in international education. We prepare our international students for UK GCSE and AS/A level examinations at age 16 and 18 respectively, and also the UK Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) at ages 7, 11 and 14. Students in our Dutch Stream, launched in September 1999, are offered a primary education closely aligned to the Dutch National Curriculum, which prepares them for the "Cito-Test" at 12. As a result, all of our students are provided with an education that prepares them to enter a schooling system anywhere, as well as universities in Egypt and elsewhere throughout the world.
As a school, from the Board of Directors down to our administration staff, we are committed to our vision for NCBIS - a vision focused specifically on improving the quality of learning and the levels of student achievement. This vision in turn informs and guides our decision making, both at the strategic and day-to-day level.
NCBIS has a Board of Directors made up entirely of the parental body and ensure a close connection to the school community.
The Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction and financial viability of the school, while taking a support role for the Senior Management Group.
How we teach
We are recognised by the International Baccalaureate as an IB PYP World School and therefore use the methodologies promoted by the PYP to support our young learners. We have six units every year which follow one of six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are taught in all year groups. Each unit, teachers plan together looking at the skills and outcomes required to be taught by the curriculum and what experiences can be included.
The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.
Our planning framework expects teachers to work with essential elements — knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action, that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future.
The Early Years department provides a stimulating and high quality education, in a safe and caring environment, for children aged between 3 and 5 years. We aim to give children the very best possible start to their education and provide a firm foundation on which their future education can be built.
The Early Years curriculum is based on the UK Foundation Stage and is delivered through the inquiry topics each term, supported by the rigorous teaching of phonics through the UK Letters and Sounds programme. Structured, well planned play is an important feature of the curriculum and play based learning is essential to our vision of developing learners with a positive and creative mindset that enables them to achieve success at school and in later life; achieved through a happy atmosphere and safe and stimulating physical environment that is conducive to academic learning as well as personal and social growth.
The curriculum encourages the individual development of each child through a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching and is lively, exciting and challenging!
The Early Years department is housed in its own building with a secure outdoor learning environment that is accessed by all the classrooms directly. The outdoor learning environment includes a purpose built splash pool, a large sandpit (a great favourite of our younger learners!), a cushioned tiled area for developing gross motor skills and an artificially grassed area that houses learning centres such as construction, a reading corner, water play, phonics and number skills. The area is covered by purpose built shades, allowing access all year round.
The Lower Phase encompasses Year 1, 2 and 3 children. We believe learning is achieved through a happy atmosphere and safe and stimulating physical environment that is conducive to academic learning as well as personal and social growth. As such we take great pride in ensuring that our classrooms reflect the learning process and inspire intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and enthusiasm for learning.
Inquiry learning is central to our pupil’s development and our vision that we need to prepare our pupils for a rapidly changing world where skills, values, attitudes and attributes are as important as knowledge. In inquiring into the world around them pupils are able to gain a deeper understanding of new concepts and to explore those concepts in real life situations.
The outcomes of the UK National Curriculum for England are therefore taught through a combination of discrete skill based lessons and application through our inquiry approach to learning. The firm foundations provided by our Early Years department are built upon in the Lower Phase, with the continuance of the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. This provides the foundations for early reading and supports our Talk for Writing programme.
Pupils in the Lower Phase are also supported by our team of specialist subject teachers; with specialist lessons provided in music, physical education and modern foreign languages. In addition to their academic studies, children are also encouraged to participate in our after school Extra Curricular Activities (ECA’s) programme, where a range of sporting, artistic and musical activities are offered to enrich the children’s learning experiences and to develop each pupil’s unique talents to help them achieve their potential.
The three years (Years 4-6) that form our Upper Phase continue to build upon and develop the skills, values, attitudes, attributes, knowledge and conceptual understanding that our students have gained in the Lower Phase.
Every class is led in their learning by a teacher and a teaching assistant, and it is through a wide range of challenges and experiences that our pupils develop lively, questioning and informed minds. Our units of inquiry continue to deepen pupil’s understanding of the world around them and this is again underpinned by the UK National Curriculum outcomes. Local educational visits and residential events in country and overseas add breadth and interest to our programme of study, bringing to life the pupils learning and developing both their academic learning as well as their personal and social growth.
Choice and challenge, both within the curriculum and the extra-curricular progammes, is offered through our specialist lessons in music, physical education and modern foreign languages and involvement in school productions, sports competitions, musical events and our after school activity programme.
High academic and social standards are our expectation and as our pupils transition to Secondary School at the end of Year 6, we are confident that they leave us as caring international pupils committed to the traditional values of honesty, courtesy, respect, integrity and fair play.
What We Teach
In the Primary School we follow the UK National Curriculum for England, which we teach through the pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, including their social, physical, emotional and cultural needs as well as their all important academic needs.
NCBIS received authorization for the PYP in June, 2012. As such, we are now a member of the IB World Schools. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging international education. A philospohy that NCBIS believes is important for our pupils. Only schools authorized by the IBO can offer any of its three academic programmes: The Primary Years Programme (PYP), The Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme.
The secondary Curriculum
The secondary curriculum aims to provide a framework for learners to meet the challenges of life in our fast-changing world. The aim is to provide a curriculum that builds on students’ experiences in the primary phase and that helps all students to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
The New Cairo British International School’s curriculum aims to promote learners’ intellectual, personal, social and physical development. As well as lessons and extracurricular activities, it includes approaches to teaching, learning and assessment, the quality of relationships within school, and the values embodied in the way the school operates. Our curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum in Key Stage 3 with modifications made to cater for the needs and diversity of the student population at NCBIS. At KS4 we offer IGCSE / GCSE and then IB Diploma in the Sixth form.
Key Stage 3: Year 7 to 9 (Age 11 to 14)
Key Stage 3 follows the English National Curriculum and all students will be expected to study the following subjects: Art, Drama, English, Geography, History, Computing, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (French and a choice of Arabic, Spanish or German), Music, PSHE, Physical Education and Science.
At the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9) students make their options for study at IGCSE / GCSE. At this point students reduce the number of subjects they wish to study.
Key Stage 4: Year 10 to 11 (Age 14 to 16)
The curriculum at Key Stage 4 leads to a two-year course of study leading to external International / General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE / GCSE) examinations. These courses are assessed and graded by coursework and external examination, set by London Examinations (EDEXCEL) Board.
All students study the following compulsory courses: English language, English literature, PSHE, Mathematics, PE, and Learning for Life (L4L). It must be noted that PE, PSHE and L4L do not lead to a formal qualification
In addition to the above, students make 6 option choices from the following subjects: Arabic (1st language speakers), Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Drama, Geography, History, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Mathematics, Arabic (MFL), French, Spanish, German, Music, Physical Education and Physics. The combination of subjects studied as compulsory and those elected to be studied from the optional list, means that students study 9 subjects that lead to a formal qualification.
Parents’ Evenings, PSHE sessions and Careers Guidance help both students and families to make these important subject choices. Individual help can also be sought at the Careers office or with Heads of Key Stage.
NCBIS – Dutch Stream
The NCBIS – Dutch Stream is the only Dutch Primary School in Cairo. We are a bilingual, small scale school and we pay a lot of attention to the individual learning potential of our students. We teach according to the Dutch curriculum and at the same time we prepare our students for a fluent transition to International or Dutch Primary or Secondary education.
Careers information involves face to face meetings as well as the use of interactive software and personality tests.