King's InterHigh School is a UK-based online school teaching the UK National Curriculum to children from Years 3 to 13 located within the UK and internationally.
The school delivers live, interactive and online teaching, and it currently has around 1,500 students worldwide, 30% from outside the UK. Enrolling boys and girls aged seven to 19 years, InterHigh offers Primary, Secondary, IGCSE and A Level courses from Years 3-13.
In May 2021, InterHigh was purchased by Inspired Education Group. Inspired - described as a leading global group of premium schools - educates over 50,000 students in 70 schools across five continents, including the British School of Bahrain and Knowledge Gate International School in Muscat, Oman.
As a result of the purchase, the online school has recently been rebranded King’s InterHigh. King’s College Online, part of Inspired, and InterHigh (formally owned by Wey Education) intend to bring together the best of the two schools, to deliver a complete school experience that nurtures students through their journey as whole individuals.
InterHigh offers a full UK curriculum from Key Stage 2 (Year 3) to post-16. With the EYFS curriculum for Foundation Stage children being largely play-based and, and through its extension, Key Stage 1 students (Year 1 and 2), InterHigh does not offer these early years of education. As students move through the school they can study a full range of IGCSE, AS and A Level courses.
The Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 curricula are taught by qualified, trained and experienced staff. The learning platform enables students to watch missed lessons back in full, enabling students to solidify their learning or the flexibility to plan their own timetable, so that they are not tied to a rigid school timetable and are able to pursue their own interests, hobbies, pastimes and goals in school hours if this suits them and their families better.
InterHigh Juniors, for students from Years 3 to 6, is designed with younger students in mind. Based on the English National Curriculum, InterHigh says that it offers the same quality, flexibility and accessibility as the secondary school, but tailored to suit the needs of younger students. Teachers are subject specialists with expert knowledge and training to deliver engaging content online. Students can expect quizzes and games, interactive exercises balanced with lessons developed around 21st Century skills (empathy, digital literacy, resilience) designed to provide children with a love of learning and a solid foundation for their future education.
InterHigh Juniors students study a core package of seven subjects, which include English, Maths and Science, Humanities, STEM and Creative Media with a choice of Arabic or French specifically for Gulf students. InterHigh Junior students also have weekly Tutorials and their own weekly Common Room with projects, activities and guest speakers. The school goes beyond the purely academic with students forming part of house groups for competitions,and team building and have opportunities for personalised sessions with tutors to ensure appropriate support, guidance and well-being.
Parents are given their own access to the school portal which provides constant information about their son or daughter’s progress, feedback and assignments. This is supplemented by regular written feedback from teachers.
In the Secondary school, lessons are taught via ‘Lead’ and ‘Follow’ lessons. Lead lessons resemble masterclasses (or university style lectures) where much larger groups have the same new subject content delivered to them at the same time, by lead teachers in the subject. The ‘follow lessons’ are the more traditional exercise lessons (similar to tutorials and seminars) in much smaller groups where the understanding of the new subject content is explored.
The syllabus in Secondary school for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) includes subjects aimed at engaging students, giving them the chance to discover which subjects they have a passion for before making their IGCSE choices at the end of Year 9. For flexibility, students at Key Stage 3 can enrol for as many, or as few, of the subjects from the core list as they wish. Students can also trial the school on a half term basis before deciding if they want to join for a longer period.
Key Stage 3’s nine core subjects include Maths, English, Geography, History, Science, STEM, French or Spanish, Art and Music. Additional subjects (at an additional fee) include Communication, Creative Media, German, Computer Science (from Year 9) and Film Studies (Years 8/9). Students can select extra languages for an additional fee, per Language, per year.
At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), all core IGCSE subjects follow the Edexcel exam board.
InterHigh offers a core of seven IGCSE examination courses online, including the Core subjects of English Language, English Literature and Maths, a choice of one science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics; others can be added as options), Geography or History. Students can choose two additional options from four Options groups, which include Business, Religious Studies, Psychology, Computer Science, German, Music, Art, Drama, Film Studies, Further Maths, and Arabic. Additional subjects can be added for additional fees.
In addition to the IGCSE subjects, InterHigh offers a range of non-examined Assured subjects. Assured subjects include Photography Perspectives, Computer Game Development, International Relations: Perspectives, Art and Design in Action, Health and Wellbeing Management, Drama and Performance in Practice, Art and Design in Action, and Music in Culture and Society.
As a further option, for students who do not wish to complete the core IGCSE subjects, InterHigh offers a ‘Learning on Demand’ package which allows students to study just one, two or three subjects. They can also decide on the duration of their enrolment – a week, a half term, a full term or a complete academic year. This is a potential option for students who may wish to resit IGCSE's.
Finally at Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form/Years 12 and 13), InterHigh offers easy access to live and recorded Sixth Form lessons from anywhere in the world, so students can study when and how they want.
There are entry requirements for student to Year 12 with all applicants having achieved five GCSEs (GCSE, IGCSE or an international equivalent) Grade 5 (C) or above including both GCSE English and Maths. In addition, students need to have attained a minimum Grade 6 at GCSE in the subjects chosen.
The Sixth Form curriculum is delivered through a combination of Learn “Master Class” Sessions followed by smaller tutorials and seminars, and is designed with Sixth Form students in mind. The class sizes ensure the subject matter experts deliver engaging and relevant content as well as provide flexibility for personalised learning. Typically, students studying three online A Levels are only committed to 10 hours of live timetabled classes each week.
Class sizes are small (there's a maximum of 18-19 students in any class), all lessons are delivered live and recorded, and lessons are generally two hours a week per subject; each subject has a Lead Lesson (similar to a lecture) and two Follow Lessons or tutorials.
Students communicate with the teacher and each other through a wide variety of medium including voice, text, whiteboard, notes, recordings, presentations, screen sharing and co-web browsing. Beyond the virtual classroom, there's a weekly virtual Common Room where students can interact with projects, activities and guest speakers, as well as a varied programme of clubs and societies that students can join; it also offers real-world social events for UK students, including adventure weekends.
The InterHigh School calendar follows traditional UK independent school terms. Each year is a 35 week academic year. Students must be aged 7+ (Year 3 onwards) to join the King's InterHigh programme - the school does not take students in Foundation Stage or Years 1 and 2. This accords with UAE regulations where students do not legally have to attend school until the year in which they turn six years (usually Year 1), but may postpone entry until the age of 8.
InterHigh says that it “delivers a fully interactive British education to the comfort of your home or wherever you may be. Our unique online school offers the best in Primary, Secondary, IGCSE and A Level courses, delivered by expert teachers. We are able to offer you everything you expect from a school, plus a whole lot more!”
InterHigh enrols students from around the world, but bear in mind that most lessons are between 8:30am and 5.15pm UK time. It's a non-selective school and sixth form, so there are no entry exams, but students must be able to speak fluent English.
The majority of teachers are UK-based, all experienced and highly familiar with the UK curriculum and British education system.
"The nature of our teaching environment means that disruptions and bad behaviour are a thing of the past – pupils can concentrate on their learning without interruption and are always able to message the teacher with their particular questions, comments or contributions.
"Outside of lessons, there are lots of ways to get involved; we have a variety of special interest courses, clubs and societies. Our pupils can share their interests in the common room."
For students registering for Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6), there is a non-returnable Registration Fee of £100 per child, payable upon submission of the Registration Form. Fees for the seven core subjects are £3,150 plus an additional fee of £250 per additional subject.
For students registering for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) fees are £4,300 per year for the nine core subjects, plus £250 per additional subject. For Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), Year 10 fees are £5,150 for the seven core subjects plus £550 per additional subject. (Note direct entry to year 11 is not currently possible).
For Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13), fees are £2,450 for one A Level subject, £4,350 for two A Level subjects - £5,400 for three A Level subjects and £6,300 for four A Level subjects. (Note direct entry to Year 13 is not currently possible).
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