Key Stages

Key stages refer to the sets of skills and knowledge a student is aiming to develop at a certain stage in their education.


At Idrissi School, we document the learning process by using portfolios. In these portfolios, students place samples of their work throughout the year. Parents thus have an idea of classroom work, standards of achievement and how their child’s skills are developing.

Key Stage 1 includes students at the age of 6 to 8 years of age. The core subjects are Mathematics, English and Science. Students are expected to be able to read when they leave this Key Stage as well as be able to do essential addition and subtractions.

Socially students are supposed to be able to listen to instructions and show some understanding of what a good buddy is in classroom work and the playground.

Key Stage 2 is designed for students aged 8 to 12. The core subjects remain English, Mathematics and Science. Literacy skills now move towards reading for meaning and teaching students how to produce reports, recounts, instructions and stories in writing.

Students are expected to be able to do short spoken presentations and explanations of their work. In the final year of Key Stage 2, the French language will be introduced.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 students are taught by a primary school specialist who also functions as the head of year/key stage.

In Key Stage 3subject specialists will now teach students aged 12-15. A head of each Key Stage will be in charge of the personal follow-up of our students.

On the timetable, they will have English, mathematics, science, history, geography, French, Danish, physical education and art. Students develop greater independence and ability for critical thinking at this stage.

They are expected to improve their language to comply with the spoken and written demands of their subjects.

Key Stage 4 is the final stage of our secondary school programme. Students aged 15-17 choose from a range of subjects, which they then study for two years before sitting their IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).

Students should now be equipped with the skills, independence and confidence to do well in upper secondary education. Subject specialists teach IGCSE subjects.

Teachers will be mentoring groups of students to ensure the personal follow-up of each student.