Curriculum Overview


At Bintulu International School the children will follow a broad and varied curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England & Wales in conjunction with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).



Cambridge International Examinations is the world's largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. CIE offer international education programmes and qualifications that lead seamlessly from primary through to secondary and pre-university years. Their flexible approach means that schools can offer every stage of a Cambridge international education or just focus on specific stages. CIE offer full support, designed carefully around the curriculum, qualifications, classroom resources and the needs of their global learning community.


A typical school day at BIS will involve active learning through a wide range of subjects and activities that focus on developing our students into lifelong learners who adapt to their circumstances making them into confident and conscientious global citizens.


In order to make the academic programme at BIS competitive, the programme is designed to engage students and give them the knowledge, understanding and skills they will need to meet the day-to-day challenges that they will face. BIS will take from CIE its best practices and combine them with the leading teaching practices of today so that the BIS curriculum best suits the demands of the local requirements and meets the expectations of the international market.


The National Curriculum of England & Wales is divided into 4 blocks of years called "Key Stages" for Primary and Secondary School. This will be the primary term of reference used by BIS. The last year of kindergarten is referred to as the "Foundation Stage".



Under CIE the programme of studies that BIS will follow are referred to as -



Additional information regarding Cambridge and the programmes they offer can be viewed here –


> Cambridge Primary


click here for the primary guide


> Secondary 1


click here for the secondary 1 guide


> Secondary 2 & International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE)


click here for the IGCSE guide for parents


> Why Cambridge?


click here for why cambridge


> Facts & Figures about Cambridge


click here


While BIS would like to be able to provide education for all of groups of children, in reality this is simply not feasible. Children with special requirements require schools that have the infrastructure and qualified staff in place to teach appropriately. Since BIS has no learning support unit for students with either learning, physical and/or behavioural difficulties BIS is not adequately equipped or qualified to provide such support.


It is also essential that all students seeking admission to BIS have a minimum standard of spoken English and verbal comprehension for their age before admission to BIS is possible.