Author: Caroline Hazel
IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator at ACS Egham
ACS Egham’s Grade 10 students move to the IB Diploma this August equipped with thorough subject knowledge, deep conceptual understandings and essential skills for the next stage of their lives.
I believe that the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the best middle years programme available in our current global society. Whilst MYP students study a range of traditional subjects much like other teenagers, the MYP has a third dimension: providing students with the skills they need to integrate into the modern world. In a recent ACS Egham student survey, one student stated that: ‘The IB (MYP) is a lot more well-rounded, teaching about many different ways to think and learn rather than just memorising facts.’
The recent Personal Project Presentation Evening demonstrated this dimension of the programme. As the culmination of the MYP, each Grade 10 student completes a project individually designed and inspired by their own passions and interests over a period of six months. Independently inquiring and researching, students are able to apply the skills and knowledge that they have acquired across all subjects throughout the programme.
Author: Amanda Briggs
Assistant Academic Dean at ACS Cobham
What does the AP offer globally mobile students?
The Advanced Placement programme is now a firm favourite amongst globally mobile students, with the number of AP exams administered in non-US regions (excluding Canada) rising considerably from 23,927 in 2003 to 89,793 in 2014 [College Board 2014].
International students are a versatile, transient and internationally fluid community and many have found that the AP programme offers a learning style and curriculum, which suits these modern attributes.
Consisting of one-year, highly rigorous courses, the AP programme is taught across a range of subjects, 19 in total, and allows students to complete as many or as few courses as they want during their high school career. Students can also pick up courses in any of the 116 countries where the programme is taught.
Author: Esme Trahair
2015 Graduate, ACS Cobham
Esme Trahair, a recent graduate of ACS Cobham and winner of the prestigious Founders’ Award, gave a brilliant speech at the Senior Awards evening 2015 about how her international education has prepared her for life after school. It’s with great pleasure that we share it with you here:
‘Good evening. For those who don’t know me, my name is Esme Trahair and I’ve been a student here at ACS since the second grade. So, there are a lot of things that ACS has given to all of us students, and lots of positive attributes about the school. But I would like to speak a little bit about what I think is the most special thing about this school. I believe that the best thing about ACS Cobham, and the thing that has added the most value for every single student sitting here today is our school’s internationalism. Here at ACS, we talk a lot about internationalism and diversity broadly, and we all know that by attending an international school we learn to appreciate difference and become better global citizens, but I’d like to speak more concretely about just why ACS being an international school is so beneficial to every single one of us.
Author: Mark Venn-Dunn
Head of Boarding at ACS Cobham
I began my own boarding school journey aged 11. It was here that I met an inspirational House Master – he was approachable, supportive, and selfless; going above and beyond the call of duty. From then on, I knew I wanted to go into education and have now taught for over 18 years in both state and independent boarding schools.
My first year at ACS Cobham since becoming Head of Boarding in September has been fantastic. Both the school and the Dormitory have a very clear community ethos at their core and it is the most integrated school I have experienced, with the staff, students and the entire school community working well together.