Welcome to
Secondary School

Head of Secondary, Mr Robert Commons

We aim to provide an inspirational all-round education, which combines academic excellence with a wealth of extra curricular opportunities. We strive to challenge our students through the highest quality international curricula that engage and enable our students to be happy and successful.

Our learning and teaching is based on the very best practice from the UK and elsewhere around the world. We continuously review how we teach and introduce new methods that encourage active participation from students and stretch them to use the higher order thinking skills. Between 95 and 100% of our students leave us at age 18 to study at some of the most prestigious universities all over the world.

Our pastoral care system constantly monitors and challenges students to do their best and, when facing any of the usual teenage problems or difficulties, is conducive to finding solutions in a fair and non-judgmental way. Students seem to appreciate this approach and are remarkably well-mannered and a pleasure to teach, evidenced by the many compliments received by staff and visitors over the years.

As an inclusive school, ISB strives to give each and every student the very best start in life. We welcome all visitors and look forward to showing you our school.

Robert Commons

Head of Secondary

Years 7-9


Students at ISB follow a modified version of the English National Curriculum in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9, Grades 6-8), which offers challenge, breadth, balance and coherence through a wide range of subjects: English, Maths, Science, Information Communications Technology (ICT), Modern Foreign Languages, Art, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Physical Education (PE), and Drama. These early years of Secondary school provide a foundation for success in IGCSE and IB examinations later; a reputable curriculum that offers firm subject foundations, enabling our students to achieve examination success in their school career.

All students bring their own device to school and much of their learning is guided through use of our custom-built VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). This allows teachers to operate a ‘flipped-classroom approach’ and ensure that students time spent with the teacher is meaningful and well utilised while ensuring that learning activities are individualised, accessible, appropriate and engaging. The VLE contains a huge range of curriculum access materials for student access both at school and at home, and also provides parents with information such as school reports, absence records and lesson guidance.

In helping to prepare our students for IGCSEs and the IB Diploma programme, the ICT curriculum is delivered through integration with other subjects.

At ISB we use assessments by GL Assessment, primarily CAT4, as a diagnostic support. The assessment provides teachers with valuable data in ensuring that each unique child has a personalised education plan, including various targets for them to aim for. The information also assists our ability to identify and help our brightest students, as well as spot possible underachievement and to plan supportive intervention measures if necessary.
English National Curriculum levels are used for assessment tracking: students work through a leveled curriculum in each subject area, building skills, knowledge and understanding. The two links (images) below show an overview of National Curriculum Levels and expected progress. It is important to note that the document shows expected levels as previously used by the UK Government of 1.5 sub-level progress per year. Here at ISB, a 2 sub-level increase per year is expected.

National Curriculum Levels & Expectations

KS3 Expectations NC

The assessments by GL Assessment along with prior attainment and teacher input each student is set an end of year target grade in each subject. Generally these will increase by two sub-levels per year as students move through years 7, 8 and 9.

Should you require more information about our curriculum at Key Stage 3 at ISB, please do not hesitate to contact Christopher Hayward, Assistant Head (Curriculum):




Students between the ages of 14 and 16 follow the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE),General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and the Brunei- Cambridge GCE ‘O’ level examination course in Malay (Bahasa Melayu), coordinated by the Ministry of Education.

The majority of our subjects are IGCSE courses, which provide syllabi and methods of assessment appropriate for a wide ability range. IGCSE is designed as a two-year curriculum programme leading to a certificate which is internationally recognised as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and the international GCE ‘O’ level examinations.

The aims of the IGCSE are:

to support modern curriculum development;

to promote international understanding;

to encourage good teaching practice;

to set widely recognised standards.

IGCSE keeps abreast of development in secondary education and provides an excellent foundation for the International Baccalaureate (IB). The majority of our IGCSEs are administered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). We also use Edexcel, and AQA for some subjects including Drama, PE, Media Studies and Art where those syllabi are deemed more suitable for our students.
Our latest Options Booklet link below, lists the range of subjects which we offer for students starting Year 10 (sometimes Year 11).

Options Booklet

ISB’s examination achievement is excellent at IGCSE level, among the best in the world for non-selective, inclusive schools:

Download 2015 Results

Years 10 and 11 also use GL Assessment diagnostics, with the CAT4 assessment playing a key role in helping us to understand each individual learner at Key Stage 4. These assessments provide teachers with valuable data in ensuring each unique child is properly catered for and monitored on their academic journey through the school. Using the data from these assessments along with prior attainment and teacher input each student is set an end of course target grade in each subject.

Should you require more information about our curriculum and studying I/GCSEs at ISB, please do not hesitate to contact Christopher Hayward, Assistant Head (Curriculum):


Post – 16 Pre University

Post – 16
Pre University


ISB is school renowned for our high percentage of students entering higher education all around the world. Our post-16 admissions process, through discussion with the student and parents/guardians, analyses individual student strengths. We take into account educational background, qualifications and future career aspirations and individualise a subject menu for every student.

We are an IB school offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme as our flagship programme; the IB Diploma is commonly accepted as the premier post-16 qualification in the world. The large majority of our students take the Diploma, however we do offer additional pathways to university. On average, 95-100% of our students leave to universities all around the world.

Our dedicated team of advisers recommend a suitable pathway and tailored courses based on individual students needs, university entry requirements and future country destinations (the Pre-U brochure accessible through the link below includes full description of Pathways available):


Pathways at ISB include:

  • Full IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
  • IB Course PLUS
  • Tailored pathway with IELTs and selected IB and iGCSE subjects

The IB Diploma and IB Course PLUS not only develop and refine skills in research, public speaking, presenting and essay writing but also the demands of the courses greatly improve time management, multi-tasking, independent learning and self-reliance. The ISB students depart as analytical, creative thinkers with the self-discipline to succeed in university and the world of work.

All students in years 12 and 13 at ISB have the International Baccalaureate subject choices as the foundation of their studies and the best preparation for their next move in to universities all over the world. The Diploma is administered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), a gold-standard examination body: 1.3 million students in 4500 schools, ranged over 147 countries take over 600,000 examinations each year. The IBO is recognised by over 90% of the worlds universities.
How many subjects each student decides to study is dependent on their prior examination results and our own diagnostic testing. There are four Pathways available at ISB (see below). On average, the Examination pass rate at ISB always exceeds world average; aspirations of university study are invariably realised as our students move on, ready and prepared, to their chosen universities.


Since IB was introduced into the school fifteen years ago, ISB graduates have been accepted into numerous institutions worldwide-click below:


ISB students have also received various prestigious scholarships including:

  • Sultan’s Scholar Scheme
  • Government scholarship through the Ministry of Education
  • Brunei LNG scholarship
  • University of British Colombia’s “World Leader of Tomorrow Award”
  • Princeton University scholarship
  • Yale University scholarship

IB Results 2011-2016

Students’ academic and emotional well-being are monitored and tracked over Year 12. Parents are regularly informed and consulted to ensure students are well supported and their performance meets target grades.

ISB scholarships of various amounts are available to both external and internal students, based on needs, academic attainment, artistic or sporting ability. Students from around the world, with an ‘A-grade’ average in their IGCSE/GCSE/GCE ‘O’ Level, are eligible to apply for scholarships to study at ISB.

Students from the Bruneian GCE ‘O’ Level system are strongly encouraged to apply with forecast grades as ISB operates on the Northern Hemisphere calendar, from August to July. Please see below for our latest Year 12 & 13 pre-university pathway brochure.


Presentation from IB Options Evening February 2017


Should you require more information on Year 12 pathways or any other aspect of post-16 study at ISB, please do not hesitate to contact Jane Snell,  Pre-U & IB coordinator: JSnell@ac.isb.edu.bn

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