At the Secondary Department we provide an academic programme based on the content and distinctive character of the English National Curriculum without being limited by it, designed to achieve a high level of linguistic competence in the English language, supported and enhanced with the use of digital learning technologies.

Welcome to the Secondary Department

It’s a privilege for me to lead the Secondary Department at Canterbury School and I am fortunate to be supported by a first-class team of staff and highly supportive parent body who, quite rightly, expect only the very best for their children.

Helping our young people excel across a broad range of disciplines in a carefully designed curriculum for the XXI century is at the heart of our educational proposal. Our pupils are exposed to a wealth of opportunities both within and beyond the classroom in a school that places a strong emphasis on the development of well-rounded individuals.

From the moment they arrive in Year 7, our pupils are expected to achieve in a happy, caring and supportive environment, while at the same time pupils are set challenging and ambitious targets for their academic progress. By offering immersion in the English language, a strong emphasis on learning Spanish language, literature and the Canarian culture, plus the study of a third language at age 11 we aim at enabling our pupils to become global citizens of the future.

Feel free to come and witness the outstanding achievements of our staff and pupils by making an appointment. I would be delighted to meet you and answer any queries you may have.

Pedro Tomás, Head of Secondary

Secondary Department (San Lorenzo)

From 11 to 15 years old

At the Secondary Department we offer an academic programme based on the English National Curriculum that consists of 2 cycles, Key Stage 3: made up of courses Y7, Y8 and Y9 (from 11 to 13 years old) and Key Stage 4: made up of courses Y10 (14 years) and Y11 (15 years). In both cycles the subjects are taught by specialized teachers.

Key Stage 3: A challenging and creative programme, adapted to our local and international context, which is crucial in laying the foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding needed to adapt to an ever-changing world. In this cycle, the same subjects are taught as in primary education, incorporating a third language to choose between French and German.

Key Stage 4: Students are prepared for the official International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams, an academically rigorous programme recognized as one of the best in the world. The subjects to be taken are divided into central, elective and those required by the Spanish educational system for recognition of ESO.

During the last quarter of the Y11 course, the students participate in an Educational Internship Programme in Companies whose objective is to make a first contact while acquiring awareness of the world of work. They carry out voluntary work practices in the chosen company and at the end they will prepare and present a report that reflects the experience.

At the end of Y11, students take IGCSE examinations, externally evaluated by the Cambridge and Edexcel Examination Boards, which ensures that the marks obtained conform to the standards set in the British curriculum internationally.

Bilingual Education

A bilingual education, as well as fluency in other languages, provides a greater choice of universities, as many value bilingual skills in applicants, regardless of the course applied for. Students will have more leeway to choose which university they want to apply to and in which country, depending on the languages they speak.