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The best secondary school in Malaysia | Alice Smith

The teachers at the Alice Smith School always go the extra mile.
Louisa, Year 9 student
best secondary school in malaysia - secondary principall

It is a pleasure to introduce you to our Secondary Campus and our vibrant, caring and high-achieving learning community. It is a very exciting time to be part of our community as we open incredible new facilities providing additional unparalleled learning spaces for our students within our green and spacious campus.

We are proud of our academic achievements. Our students consistently achieve highly in both (I)GCSE and A Level examinations and gain places in the world’s top universities. However, there is so much more to an Alice Smith education. We want our students to experience the excitement of discovering that they are capable of achieving more than they thought possible; we encourage them to embrace new opportunities and challenge and support them in developing resilience and determination. We celebrate a musical performance and community service as warmly as top A Level grades and a beautiful painting as enthusiastically as gaining a place at a prestigious university.

Our focus is on learning and growth, be that academic, social or emotional. Our extra-curricular programme is diverse with activities such as Model United Nations, judo and chess. We have a multitude of sporting opportunities and a flourishing programme of creative and expressive arts, including plays, orchestras and choirs. 

We are also a warm and supportive community. If you were to ask a member of staff, student or parent what they love about Alice Smith, I can guarantee that our spirit of community will play a major role in their response. We believe in respect, kindness and caring. Our students really are at the heart of all we do and we go the extra mile to ensure that every child is both known and understood. 

Alice Smith Secondary Campus is a happy and thriving place with a unique identity and spirit. We are continually striving to strengthen, grow and improve and we are a learning community in every sense. I look forward to welcoming you to our campus, be that as a student, parent, teacher or visitor.

Sarah Howling
Principal - Secondary Campus

Key Facts

The Secondary Campus caters for approximately 800 students aged 11 to 18 across seven year groups, Years 7 to 13. There are five form classes in each year level from Year 7 to 11, with between 100 to 120 students in a year group. Our Sixth Form continues to grow due its excellent reputation for academic excellence and outstanding support programmes. 

The year groups are split into three key stages of learning (Key Stages 3, 4 and 5) and follow the National Curriculum for England through to (I)GCSE and A Level. The maximum class size is 24 in Key Stages 3 and 4, with many optional subjects in the older year groups having much smaller teacher-student ratios. 

The Alice Smith School’s distinctive approach of developing students academically and holistically is applied across all aspects of learning, underpinned by a supportive programme of care and wellbeing, designed to guide students to confidently make their own informed decisions and embrace new challenges.

KEY STAGE 3 (Years 7, 8, 9) - Ages 11 to 14

Key Stage 3 covers the first three years of secondary education. Following the English National Curriculum, students will:

  • become equipped in fourteen core subjects
  • extend their linguistic capabilities by choosing two foreign languages from French, Spanish, Malay and Mandarin
  • select optional courses in Year 9

An exceptional range of wider learning initiatives, trips, inter-school competitions and extra-curricular activities are organised to support the academic subjects.

KEY STAGE 4 (Years 10 and 11) - Ages 14 to 16

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), students are prepared for external examinations in IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) courses, which take place at the end of Year 11.

Students will write examinations in the mandatory subjects:-

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Double Science (equivalent to two GCSE qualifications encompassing all three sciences) or Biology, Chemistry and Physics as three individual GCSE subjects.

As well as these mandatory subjects, students will study for and take examinations in a further five subjects from a choice of approximately 30 to complete their GCSE repertoire.

Key Stage 4 is a significant and influential stage of a student’s academic journey as students begin to make personal choices about the subjects they wish to study at A Level. Subject teachers, tutors and the Pastoral Team encourage students to explore and discuss the choices and opportunities open to them, whilst taking into consideration their personal strengths and ambitions.

The Key Stage 4 experience also focuses on developing the whole student, in particular, Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE) programmes tailored to suit the needs of students at this stage of their life. Professional PSHE experts provide workshops and guidance during our Wider Learning Days to ensure this personal and intangible aspect of education is catered for in a nurturing and supportive environment.

SIXTH FORM (Years 12 and 13) - Ages 16 to 18

In Sixth Form, also known as Key Stage 5 (KS5), students are prepared for external A Level examinations:-

  • AS (Advanced Subsidiary) in Year 12 - 4 subjects 
  • A2 (Advanced 2) in Year 13 - 3 subjects

The A Levels are the academic element of the AQA Baccalaureate (AQA Bacc.)Programme which all KS5 students follow. The AQA Bacc. comprises of four distinct parts in all. The three remaining elements further develop each student in the areas of independent learning and management, citizenship and community involvement and enhance their skills as thinkers, collaborators, researchers and presenters through a wide range of enrichment activities and further study. Please see our AQA Bacc. page for more information.

Our dedicated Sixth Form Centre is a bridge between school and university as it provides our students with individual and shared learning spaces and a place to relax and socialise with their peers, which is separate to the rest of the school.

The teachers at the Alice Smith School always go the extra mile.
Louisa, Year 9 student
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