Pupils normally enter the secondary school in the calendar year in which they turn eleven, following the successful completion of the European school’s primary course or an equivalent course duly certified by an officially recognised school.
The secondary studies cover seven years arranged in three cycles. The number of compulsory lessons per week varies between 31 and 35 depending on the year and the optional subjects the pupils follow. All lessons last 45 minutes.
| observation cycle
| pre-orientation cycle
| orientation cycle
Pupils are regularly assessed and reports are issued four times a year. Assessment is based equally on course-work and on tests and examinations, although formal examinations are not arranged in the observation cycle and in year 4. Criteria established by the Board of Governors are used to decide whether a pupil may progress to the next class at the end of the school year. Pupils who do not meet these criteria may have to repeat the year.
Secondary pupils may also receive educational support if necessary, the arrangements for such provision being made by the school according to the requirements and the resources available. At any age, pupils arriving at school with insufficient knowledge of an essential language receive short-term intensive tuition to enable them to catch up with their peers.
For pupils with special educational needs requiring individualised provision of teaching and/or special equipment, appropriate arrangements may be made. In some cases this can entail the drawing up of a special agreement, signed by the parents and the school, setting out detailed arrangements for the child’s integration and education.