Newington College

Cambridge makes a home at the College

Cambridge makes a home at the College

We tailor our students’ study to ensure they are engaged in rigorous learning experiences which suit their broad range of abilities, interests and talents.

As such, earlier this year the College sought and gained approval to deliver the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) to Years 9 and 10 from 2024. The Cambridge IGCSE is the most popular international qualification for 14- to 16-year-olds. These subject-based qualifications are administered by Cambridge Assessment International Education, part of the University of Cambridge.

IGCSE subjects are academically rigorous and focus on developing skills in critical and creative thinking, inquiry and problem solving, aligning perfectly with the needs of our students. Our Stanmore Mathematics department is looking forward to delivering the IGCSE Mathematics and Mathematics Additional courses whilst the English department will offer the IGCSE World Literature course as an enrichment option for those students who enjoy the challenge of engaging in critical and creative writing, responding to a broad range of international texts.

Additionally, at their elective selection evening earlier this year, Year 8 students were presented with the opportunity to select IGCSE Enterprise, which brings the world of business and entrepreneurship into the classroom, as well as IGCSE Physics, in which learners grow to understand their technological world and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. The response from Year 8 students to these two new elective offerings was overwhelmingly positive – over 60 selected each of Enterprise and Physics, alongside two other NESA electives for study next year.

We are thrilled with the positive feedback from our inaugural Cambridge IGCSE cohort who are certainly up to the challenge of this exciting new curriculum offering. We look forward to working closely with this savvy and talented year group as they dive into the IGCSE and will stay in touch with the community as we consider expanding our subject offering from 2025 and beyond.

Ms Amy Van Arkkels
Deputy, Teaching & Learning (K-12)

This article first appeared in the Spring 2023 edition of The NC.