Secondary 1

The Cambridge Secondary 1 program is designed for students aged 11-14.

Stage 7 (11 years) – 6th Year
Stage 8 (12 years) – 7th Year
Stage 9 (13 years) – 8th Year

The Cambridge Secondary 1 program is the progression of Cambridge Primary in order to deepen competences in the English, Mathematics and Science subjects.

Teachers can evaluate students using two optional processes:

Cambridge Primary Progression Tests
Cambridge Checkpoint (External evaluation – Examination corrected by the Cambridge Examination Board)

The International School of Palmela offers the following courses for Cambridge Secondary 1:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Portuguese language
  • Physical Education

Students take the Cambridge Checkpoint at the end of Stage 9 (8th Year). They are corrected by the Cambridge Examination Board. Through these examinations, the school evaluates students’ performance in the English, Mathematics and Science subjects.

Students are given a Statement of Achievement that indicates their progress at this stage. Students with positive results at this stage, indicate that they are able to advance to the next phase – IGCSE.

The Cambridge Checkpoint can be held in two seasons throughout the year, where the Stage 7, 8 and 9 materials are tested.

Secondary 1 School Material

  • School Textbooks
  • Notebook for every subject
  • Writing Material – Blue or Black Pens, Pen of different colour (green or red),
  • Charcoal pencil 2HB
  • Eraser
  • Sharpen with reservoir
  • Ruler 13 and 30 cm
  • Square
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Glue stick or tube
  • Plastic folders
  • Basic Calculator