Curriculum

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum in the Senior School; we teach skills, knowledge, concepts and attitudes in all curriculum areas using carefully designed guidelines.
The curriculum offered at St. Paul’s is intended to:

  • facilitate the successful transition to the Senior School
  • develop academic independence and good study habits through a wide range of subjects
  • prepare pupils for the demands of the international examination courses (IGCSE and IB).

Pupils study the following subjects in Forms 1 and 2:

English, Portuguese, mathematics, science, geography, history, história, geografia, computer studies (building on the ICT taught in Prep School), art, drama, music and physical education (PE). There is an emphasis on English, Portuguese, mathematics and science which receive more time allocation in the timetable, but all subjects are seen as being of equal importance in the provision of a balanced curriculum.

In Form 3 pupils study the following subjects:

The list is the same as above, however, instead of science they study the separate sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition they all study French.
In Forms 4 and 5 pupils study the following IGCSE subjects:

  • English language
  • English literature
  • Portuguese
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Coordinated science

They can also opt to study the following subjects:

  • Global perspectives
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Computer studies
  • Geography
  • History

They must also choose one subject from the following list:

  • IGCSE music
  • BTEC music technology
  • IGCSE art
  • IGCSE drama
  • BTEC creative media production

They will continue to study história, geografia and physical education.

Pupils also have one tutorial period per fortnight in which they follow a programme related to personal, social and health education (PSHE). They also have one tutorial period per fortnight dedicated to enrichment activities, where pupils can choose from a broad selection of co-curricular activities ranging from robotics to rugby, and from knitting to astronomy.