Our aim as a school is to educate our students so that they have a considered and balanced world view. We regard every student as a valued person whose mind, body and spirit all need nurturing within a loving and caring environment. Our desire would be that such an environment would challenge them to work out the focus and direction of their lives and prepare them for life after school within the international community.
The Academic Programme Curriculum at Hebron are in place to provide a structured opportunity to train students’ minds and their senses in assimilating and processing data, so as to increase in knowledge and understanding of both themselves and the world around them. We also hope that this increasing awareness would lead to increased wisdom and motivation in the correct use of knowledge and understanding (including appropriate communication skills). As would be expected, the Curriculum recognizes the normal classification of knowledge areas, and we expect students to engage in the study of a wide range of subjects and with increasing depth. Life displays mystery, and the mind quickly appreciates the need to search. The world is therefore full of ideas, concepts, hypotheses and theories. We must provide our students with the opportunity to have their minds trained to engage in the abstract world of ideas. They also need the opportunity to equip themselves for professions, citizenship and routine life skills. We also offer a fair amount of practical 'hands on' experiences in our programmes of study in some subjects.
External Examinations are the 'Grand Finale' of the academic programme at Hebron. The Academic Programme therefore converges on these examinations, and we need to help our students cope with the associated tensions. However we would want academic study to rise above merely 'passing exams' and strongly discourage the mentality of only waking up to serious study as external exams loom on the horizon. Assessment occurs throughout the year on a regular basis.
Hebron School is divided into 4 sections:
- Junior School: Standards 1 to 6 (including a small pre-school)
- Middle School: Standards 7, 8 and 9
- Senior School: Standards 10 and 11 (IGCSE)
- A levels: Standards 12 and 13 (AS and A2 levels)
Each section has their own Head of School. At each level (in each section) for each subject, there are written programmes of study and various attainment targets.
Through to Standard 11, we aim for balance and breadth in the curriculum. Students need to complete Std. 11 with an appreciation of the diverse area of knowledge as well as a broad range of skills. Up to Standard 8, the school curriculum is shaped by the English National Curriculum, but also includes components relevant to the Asian context.
From Std. 9 to 11 studies are geared towards the English IGCSE courses and examinations, although for most subjects the IGCSE (or GCSE) syllabus is formally taught in Std. 10 and 11. Students choose from groups of subjects -Languages, Humanities, Sciences and one other (which includes Art, Technology and Music), so as to retain breadth and balance. English (Language and Literature), Mathematics and Religious Studies remain compulsory up to IGCSE. Students sit external examinations in Religious Studies at the end of Std. 10. Many also sit for Maths (extended) examinations at the end of Standard 11.
The Curriculum is implemented through a 9-session/day timetable and an evening Prep programme. In some cases, work is given during the holidays, particularly for Std. 12 – 13.
In the UK 50-55 % of students embark on AS and A2 Level courses, whereas at Hebron School the number is about 95%. In Britain around 25% of the Advanced Level grades awarded are at A or A* grade: at Hebron School, in 2014, over 38% of our Senior Class students’ Advanced Level grades were A or A* grades. This further underlines that, even at the top end, our school’s students out-perform Advanced Level students (college entrance students) in the UK.
Cambridge International Examinations Board awards subject prizes and overall prizes to students gaining the top scores in the Board’s examinations in India; Hebron students have regularly gained such awards over the last 5 years, prizes for the best score in individual subjects and prizes as overall top male or female Advanced Level student, both at national and international level.
In Standards 10 and 11 all students study the two-year IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) courses. At the end of Standard 11 (normal age 16 years) the students sit the external Cambridge or Edexcel IGCSE examinations in which they can obtain grades A* to G (A* is the top grade) in approximately ten subjects (including Mathematics, English Language and Literature, at least one Natural Science, a Foreign Language, Humanities).
As a rough guide, around 55% of British students reach the bench mark of 5 passes at C grade or more. Although Hebron is not a selective school, we have a high proportion of able students and so we consistently have 96% or more achieve at or above this benchmark, which is regarded as the minimum standard for embarking on the more academic and specialized Advanced Level courses in Standards 12 and 13. The two-year IGCSE courses are roughly equivalent to High School Honours courses in the US.
The majority of our Standard 11 students stay on at Hebron School to complete their secondary education by studying for GCE (General Certificate of Education) Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level (A2) qualifications.
In Standard 12, students normally choose four AS Level courses, from a range of 16 subjects on offer. In the British system, this is a free choice with no subjects being required courses. In addition all students take General Studies which is designed to give them a broad outlook on life and to train them to think critically about issues in the modern world.
AS Level courses are taught over one academic year and are given 5 instruction hours per week, as well as requiring considerable private study. They mostly assume a background in the subject, in that they build on the IGCSE courses completed in Standard 11. Pass grades range from A*-E and are broadly equivalent with Advanced Placement grades of 5-1.
Again, most students continue on into Standard 13 and here the normal load is to continue with three of their AS Level subjects in order to gain three Advanced Level passes (AS+A2), which is the requirement for most university courses in Britain. The most able students may take a heavier course load of four A2 Level courses (or even five if they are taking Mathematics and Further Mathematics).
A2 level courses are only available to Standard 13 students and only to those who have completed the AS level courses successfully. The final full Advanced level grade is made up of 50% of the marks obtained in the AS papers and 50% in the A2 papers. Full Advanced Level grades are also on a scale of A-E, with performances below the required standard being classified as U (ungraded). Our students regularly gain college credit from North American Universities for their Advanced Level courses.