Teaching per week:
Year Groups 8 to 10 have in total 24,5 hours per week. A normal school day is from 8.45 am to 15.30 pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.45 am to 2.30 pm on Fridays.
The pupils in Year Groups 8 to 10 share a classroom and a class teacher.
Every autumn and spring a theme plan is prepared. The pupils and parents/guardians receive information about what they are going to work with during the different periods. Every week the pupils and parents/guardians have access to a work plan that gives information about the work for the current period.
The teachers have regular talks with each pupil where progress is discussed and the pupil receives guidance for further learning.
Twice a year we invite parents/guardians to development talks where teacher, pupil and parents/guardians are present. This is a talk about where the pupil is placed according to the agreed objectives, both in terms of academic work and socially.
How do we work?
From time to time the work is theme-based across the subjects. In this way we want to develop the pupils’ creativity, wonder and curiosity through culture, literature, engagement and practical work. Some of these themes are explored in the individual classes, whilst others are explored across the year groups – and include the whole or part of the School.
The school`s average grade point score from the total of subjects taught as well as final examination results are year on year above the national average for Norwegian schools. They also compare favourably with other private schools in Norway and abroad.
The teaching of English
The pupils have an extended English teaching in Year Groups 8 to 10. All pupils receive two and a half hours teaching of English per week. The School offers courses in Cambridge ESOL English once a week as a preparation for the external exams developed for foreign students by the University of Cambridge. The exams reflect the pupils’ ability to express themselves in daily life in their second language. In addition, the pupils are taught arts and crafts in English. From time to time English is also used in other subjects and topics.
Choice of languages
We currently offer French, German and Spanish from Yr 8.
All pupils in Year Groups 8 to 10 must choose one from the two optional subjects which the School currently offers: practical technology or physical activity and health.
Final year for study of specific subjects
At our School all subjects are “Avgangsfag”, taken as final year subjects in Year Group 10. The overall achievement marks are therefore set at the end of Year Group 10.
Pupils who come from other schools and have already completed a final year of study for a particular subject at their previous school keep their overall achievement mark for that subject from that school if they have completed it after Year Group 8 or 9.
There are separate rules for optional subjects because the pupils may choose to change a subject or continue with the same subject after any Year Group.
Excursions and activities
We attach importance to making use of the great variety that exists in London. Therefore we visit historic buildings, museums, art galleries, theatres and different religious communities as part of our education programme.
We also hire instructors for different activities in physical education (PE), for example tennis, cricket, rugby, football, climbing, swimming, street dance and fencing. In addition, the School organises annual activity days such as a skating day, a nature trail day, and a Christmas workshop.
We also organise a class trip September. This is linked to the three languages we offer and we visit Spain, France and Germany on a rotation basis. We have previously visited cities such as Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin and gain many marvellous experiences every academic year. The class trips will always be related to an interdisciplinary topic as well as playing a part in the development of the classroom social milieu.