Welcome to the Upper Years (Years 10&11)

The Senior School is for students in school years 7-13. Years 7 – 9 are the Middle Years and Years 10 - 13 are referred to as the Upper Years.

At the Upper Years level we aim to develop inquisitive, self-assured and well motivated young men and women who are equipped with a wide range of academic skills and can reflect upon their own learning. We encourage all students to strive not only to achieve the best results they can but also to continue to develop their skills outside the classroom through involvement in an extensive co-curricular programme.

The Upper Years of the Senior School comprise Years 10 through to 13. In Years 10 and 11, students complete a programme of International GCSE (IGCSE) and GCSE courses. GCSE is an externally examined course regulated by the various domestic examination boards in England and Wales. IGCSE is a version of the GCSE course offered by Cambridge International Examinations and is designed specifically for students studying outside of the UK. Subject faculties choose the most appropriate examination for our students. In Years 12 and 13, students choose to study either the UK A' Level programme or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme.

Throughout Years 10 and 11 we encourage students to keep their programme of study as broad as possible and they are guided carefully through the decision making processes involved in choosing the right combination of courses. Study at I/GCSE level is demanding. Learning new subjects, completing coursework and preparing for examinations requires a high level of commitment and the development of a more independent approach to study. We encourage Years 10 and 11 students to take responsibility for their own learning and foster the skills necessary to becoming confident and independent.

The academic life of an Upper Years student is complemented by a wide ranging programme of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education).  The PSHE programme aims to make students reflect upon important social and ethical problems and to be aware of their rights and responsibilities within the school and the broader community.

It is also our firm desire to promote global knowledge and help to instil intellectual curiosity in our students. There are over 220 students in Years 10 and 11 representative of more than 30 different nationalities. A significant number of these students are boarders. The international nature of Upper Years helps all students to broaden their horizons and to gain a good understanding of the world beyond JIS and Brunei.

A student’s time in Years 10 and 11 should be both challenging and stimulating in an academic sense, undoubtedly hard work, but ultimately an enjoyable experience. We look forward to working in partnership with you and your child to provide an education of the highest quality.