EYFS

 

The Pre-School at BTEC provides an exciting and stimulating early learning environment for children between 3 and 5 years of age. The child must in principle be 3 years old by 1st September of the year of entry. Children turning 3 after this date, should wait until the following academic year.

 

We welcome children of all nationalities to our fun and stimulating programme. We enjoy excellent indoor and outdoor facilities:

  • Large airy classrooms
  • An extensive range of educational resources
  • Superb gym facilities
  • An infants’ indoor swimming pool
  • A variety of outdoor adventure play areas
  • Several dormitories
  • A traffic free zone

Our kindergarten is recognised and approved by the Azerbaijani authorities as a registered Nursery unit. We comply with their standards of health and safety and we partake in their inspections. Our qualified and caring staff understand the importance of making your child's first experiences in a school environment a happy and positive one. Our highly experienced team work closely together, ensuring continuity as your child progresses through our Pre-School programme.

 

The day-to-day running of the EYFS is the responsibility of Nilufar Hasanly, who has worked at BTEC since the opening in 2012. She is assisted by the Head of Nursery and the Head of Reception. We recognise each child's need to develop at his/her own pace. We provide a varied programme of experiences and activities designed to help each child reach his/her fullest potential.

 

Our well-equipped learning environment is designed to maximise each child's opportunities for learning and discovery. This takes place through carefully planned activities supervised by the class leader. We also provide the child with many opportunities to experience free play and to interact with his/her peers.

 

Excellent class leader/student ratios ensure that the Pre School programme is successfully delivered and high levels of care are available at all times. In each class of 20 students, we have a total of three (3) teachers and assistants.

 

The curriculum follows the guidelines for the foundation stage published by the British Department of Education. Children regularly enjoy outdoor play in our adventure playgrounds. We never waste any opportunity to take advantage of good weather and promote outside play and curriculum activities.

 

Children complete the foundation stage the academic year in which they turn five years old (birthdays between 1 September to 31 August).  This is undertaken in the Reception class of the main school.

 

Our EYFS has its own kitchen and dining room where fresh meals are cooked and served every day by our chef and cooks.

 

Primary

Our primary school covers Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Key Stage 1 is for Year 1 and Year 2, whereas Key Stage 2 is split into Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6). Children normally start primary the year they turn five (5) by the 1st of September. Most children will then be 11 by the time they finish Year 6 of primary.

 

Throughout the primary phase children are assessed regularly using formative and summative assessment procedures.  In addition, optional and end of Key Stage UK SAT tests are administered and used to track student progress over time, together with Cambridge Checkpoint. 

The Primary School (5 years - 11 years) teaching programme generally follows the British National Curriculum, except for English, mathematics and science, where we follow the Cambridge Primary Programme. In addition, students also study Azerbaijani language, culture, history and geography. This broadly devised and balanced curriculum takes into account each child's age and background, in order to enhance student attainment levels, as well as extending and enriching the curriculum for more able students. Most importantly, the whole curriculum provides each student with the academic, social, linguistic and technological tools necessary for life in the modern world and global citizenship.

 

Students in primary have their own home classrooms, with a maximum of 21 students per class. Each class has a teacher as well as an assistant. The latter is also generally a qualified teacher with a high level of English.

 

Besides their classroom, students enjoy other facilities such as an indoor sports hall, outdoor sports pitches, an indoor heated swimming pool (25 metres), a primary laboratory, a computer and IT-lab, an art and design room, a design and technology room and a music room. All these are fully equipped.

 

From Year 3 an onwards, we also offer a Modern Foreign Language (MFL), in addition to English and Azerbaijani. Students can choose from options such as Russian, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

 

Secondary

Our secondary school currently consists of Key Stages 3 and 4. Key Stage 3 includes the Year groups 7 to 9, and children usually start Year 7 they year they turn 11 by the 1st of September. Key Stage 3 is often also referred to as Lower Secondary or Secondary 1.

 

Key Stage 4, also known as Middle Secondary, consists of Year 10 and Year 11. These are very important years, as students will sit either Cambridge International Examinations or Edexcel exams at the end of the Key Stage. Upon successful examination, students will receive an International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This certificate is the basis for A-level (Upper Secondary) studies, a two-year programme which qualifies students for university entrance. However, some universities in some countries also accept students with an IGCSE certificate.

 

Throughout the secondary phase children are assessed regularly using formative and summative assessment procedures. In addition, optional and end of Key Stage UK SAT tests are administered and used to track student progress over time, together with Cambridge Checkpoint, for Key Stage 3. For Key Stage 4, previous exams are generally used to track progress. 

The Key Stage 3 teaching programme generally follows the British National Curriculum, except for English, mathematics and science, where we follow the Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme. In addition, students also study Azerbaijani language, culture, history and geography. This broadly devised and balanced curriculum takes into account each child's age and background, in order to enhance student attainment levels, as well as extending and enriching the curriculum for more able students. Most importantly, the whole curriculum provides each student with the academic, social, linguistic and technological tools necessary for life in the modern world and global citizenship.

 

For Key Stage 4, we follow the Cambridge International Examinations or Edexcel curriculums for subjects where the students will do IGCSE exams, and the British National Curriculum in all other subjects.

 

Students in secondary have their own home classrooms, with a maximum of 21 students per class. Each class has a specialist teacher, and in some subjects, like mathematics, we split the classes into smaller units.

 

Secondary students must also do a Modern Foreign Language (MFL), in addition to English and Azerbaijani. Students can choose from options such as Russian, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. These are generally taught as a second language, with the exception of Russian, where they have a first language option.

 

Besides their classroom, students enjoy other facilities such as an indoor sports hall, outdoor sports pitches, an indoor heated swimming pool (25 metres), science laboratories, a computer and IT-lab, an art and design room, a design and technology room and a music room. All these are fully equipped. Recently, we have also designed a “Talents and Research Centre”, mainly for our secondary students, where they can work on projects, do research and develop ideas.

 

From the academic year 2017/2018, BTEC will also be offering the first year of A-level (Upper Secondary).

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