Middle Years

The RISS Middle Years (Grades 9 and 10) are an exciting period of a student’s academic, personal and social development. They form both a natural progression from the RISS Foundation Years (Grades 6-8), and an excellent preparation for the RISS IB DP/CP programmes (Grades 11 and 12) or other pathways of study and work. We hope that our students will look back on their RISS Middle Years with great memories of these formative teenage years.

Achieving their potential and enjoying their youth

As our Middle Years students grow as young adults, gain their independence, and find their place in the world, their academic, personal and social potential is supported by a strong and connected community of teachers, staff, family, peers and friends. Our students learn with and from students who represent over 70 countries, in a truly international community. Teachers collaborate to provide enabling, engaging and enjoyable learning experiences.

As a school, we support a range of learners in many ways, including programmes for pastoral care, learning diversity, English language learning and counselling. Alongside their academic studies, RISS students develop their personal interests, talents and leadership skills, through extra-curricular activities including sports, the arts, and cultural and service groups. Our school year also includes many opportunities for students in different grade levels to learn and participate together, which fosters a sense of community and belonging. Regular field trips encourage students to collaborate through teamwork and explore their learning in the real world.

Learning in the Middle Years

RISS offers the two-year International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) which has been run by Cambridge Assessment International Education for over 30 years. This flexible curriculum is designed for international contexts and encourages confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, engaged and confident learners. Each year, it attracts over 800,000 entries from around 160 countries.

Middle Years students study a combination of IGCSE and RISS subjects that is broad, balanced and connected. Students are stretched, challenged and inspired by IGCSE subjects in Languages (both English and a world language), Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Creative and Professional areas. They have the opportunity to pursue particular interests through subject electives, as well as fostering their mother-tongue language through optional private IGCSE language study.

Alongside IGCSE subjects, RISS students develop skills in the language of their host country through regular Dutch lessons, and knowledge and understanding of social-emotional and physical wellbeing through our tutorial and Physical Education programmes. The RISS Reach programme empowers students to become thoughtful and reflective global citizens.

Subject Choices

All IGCSE students (2024-2026) will study a programme of subjects:

  • Subjects in columns 1-4 are compulsory non-IGCSE subjects.
  • Subjects in columns 5-11 are compulsory IGCSE subjects.
  • Subjects in columns 12-13 are additional (non-compulsory) subjects.


As Head of Middle Years, Ms Ward coordinates and supports our Grade 9 and 10 students. 
She is passionate about student learning and holistic education.  Ms Ward enjoys being part
of a school community that works together to support and challenge young people to achieve their academic potential and pursue their passions, so that they can lead happy lives and have a positive impact in their communities.