Years 10 and 11





In Key Stage 4 students take on the demanding two-year Cambridge IGCSE course

In Year 10, students embark on the two year IGCSE courses. Typically, students take 8 or more subjects: all students must take Mathematics and English as well as a Modern Foreign Language (or English as Second Language if more support is needed). As well as these subjects, students then opt for one scientific subject, one humanity subject and one creative arts subject and a further two subjects from humanities, science or creative arts and there is also IGCSE PE as an option. Students are also encouraged to take mother tongue language examinations. In Year 10 and 11, students also take non-examined courses in Physical Education and personal, social and health education (PSHE) and participate in sporting, creative or academic activities on a Friday afternoon.

BISI Option Subjects

English 1st Language French Art History Physics
English Literature German Music Geography Chemistry
English 2ndLanguage Spanish Drama Business Studies Biology
Mathematics Turkish   Economics ICT
Additional Mathematics     Sociology PE

Mother tongue language exams: Russian, Korean, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Malay and many more.

The modern world makes enormous demands of our young people. At BISI students have the opportunity to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens of the global community, by being given a breadth of learning and the range of skills they need through our curriculum, PSHE and mini CAS programmes.

Information about the syllabus content of subjects for the Cambridge IGCSE programme can be found at the CIE website and in our IGCSE Options Booklet.

IGCSE Parent & Student booklet 2017

Academic Success for students in Key Stage 4

Our students have consistently achieved excellent results in the IGCSE examinations and the achievements of BISI students has been recognised by COBIS, the Council of British International Schools, with Student Achievement Awards for outstanding success. For two years running, one of our students has won the top of the world award in Sociology.

Consistently achieving 80 to 90% A* - C grades

High levels of Literacy are achieved in Key Stage 4 and around 80% of our students take IGCSE English as a First Language alongside First Language exams in Dutch, Russian, Spanish, German, French, Turkish and Korean.

Many BISI students achieve 5 or more A* & A grades gaining distinction in the ICE Award.






British International School IGCSE High Honour Roll

Carys Thomas  9 A*/A grades class of 2016
Ismar Klomp 8 A*/A , 2 B grades and 2C  grades class of 2016
Can Idil
7 A*/A grades, 2 B grades and 1 C grade and 1 E grade class of 2016
Akanksha Shah 6 A*/A grades and 3B grades and 1 C grade class of 2016
Rafi Goudy Elmahal 6 A*/A grades and 3B grades and 1 C grade class of 2016
Jae Kwan Joo 6 A*/A grades, 2B grades, 1 C grade and 1 D



Ashutosh Bhadouria  12 A*/A  grades class of 2015
Sophie Schmitz  11 A*/A and 2 B grades class of 2015
So Hee Park 11 A*/A grades and 1B class of 2015
Lieke Blanken  11 A*/A grades class of 2015
Mare Blanken 10 A*/A grades and 1B class of 2015
Yu Jin Bang  9 A*/A   2 B grades  and 2 C grades class of 2015
Berke Turkay 9 A*/A grades class of 2015
Serra Peker  8 A*/A and 2 B grades class of 2015

Marius Mueller 11 A* and A grades class of 2014
Ji Won Min 10 A* & A grades class of 2014

Chris Schmitz 12 A & A* grades class of 2012
Anne Blanken 11 A* & A grades class of 2013
Julia Hubo 11 A* & A grades class of 2013
Vishwesh Shah 10 A & A* grades class of 2012
Mingyu Park 9 A* & A grades class of 2013
Hannah Watson 9 A* & A grades class of 2013
Jay Chang 9 A & A* grades class of 2011
Zayna Khan 9 A & A* grades class of 2010
Gina Panaino 9 A & A* grades class of 2009
Alok Herath 8 A* & A grades class of 2013
Chiara Vivaldi 8A* & A grades class of 2013

Statistical analysis of BISI results:
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 2014  2015  2016




We are very proud of all of our students in the IGCSE Class of 2016. Many of our students will move on to different countries to complete the final stage of their secondary education and for those who are leaving us, they leave with our very best wishes for the future. Those who are staying will be joining our IB Diploma Programme and have two years of hard work in front of them before they finally graduate.

The success of our IGCSE Class of 2016 has been a collaborative effort between our students, their parents and our teachers. BISI would like to thank all of our parents whose support has been invaluable throughout the course. We would also like, especially, to thank our teachers for the excellent job they have done in preparing our children for their examinations and encouraging them at all times to achieve their full academic potential.

The progress of all students is closely monitored by the class teachers, the form teacher and the Key Stage coordinator. When you have questions or concerns about your child please email the Key Stage coordinator:

Katya Skoudy

Comments on each student’s Effort and Achievement are reported at parent–teacher conferences and in End of Term formal reports.

Option meeting and sessions for year 9 students

Choosing options needs careful consideration. It really needs to be an informed choice. With that view, an option meeting is given for parents and students in November to better understand the choices and options on offer.

Then each year, in January, year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in IGCSE options sessions during some of their PSHE Lessons, when Heads of Department give a short talk about each of the subjects in their department and answer student questions. These are an opportunity to start reflecting about the subjects they would like to continue for their IGCSE examinations and/or the subjects required for a particular career or university course.

The school also has a Careers and University counsellor available for students and parents to give some advice and guidance about further education and university choices. The University Counsellor will meet with parents and Year 9 students individually in January to discuss IGCSE choices.

IGCSE Options Booklet 2017-2018

IGCSE Awards Ceremony

In November, the achievements and successes of the graduating class of the previous academic year, are celebrated in an Awards Ceremony which has now become part of the school’s tradition. Family, friends, teachers and peers join in in a celebration after the ceremony when the IGCSE Certificates are presented to the students. Follow the link below for photos:

Social and Emotional wellbeing of students in Key Stage 4

In addition to high academic achievement we encourage students to develop personal and social skills through our PSHE programme which covers the topics of:

Team Building

Research skills Prejudice & Respect Communication & Dealing
Emotional Health & The Law & Human with conflict
coping with Stress rights Time management &
Anger Management Addiction – Alcohol & Revision techniques
Safety on the net Drugs Further Education
Target setting & Goals and Target and Careers
Habits of Mind setting Sexuality & STDs
  Citizenship Study Skills

PSHE Aims and Objectives

Health and Physical wellbeing of students in Key Stage 4

All Key Stage 4 students take part in our Physical Education Programme to foster health, fitness and well-being and our school sports teams compete in Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Badminton, Swimming and Chess tournaments around Istanbul.



We have many inter-house sporting competitions and a Secondary sports day is held in October to challenge the students in Athletics.


Physical Education programme

Friday afternoon activity time also gives our students the opportunity to develop their sporting skills, creativity and community spirit with clubs running in Animal Welfare, Poetry analysis, photography, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Model United Nations, International Award, Indian cookery, choir and many more.


BISI have also introduced a community service (CAS) programme into KS4 where students work in form classes to organise charity events or service activities to help the local and school community, giving our students the opportunity to develop responsibility as world citizens.

CAS programme for KS4

Preparing for the future in KS4


During Key Stage 4 we help our students to prepare for their educational future with PSHE dedicated lessons, and also running a whole day Careers Fair every two years and providing guidance on Further Education courses. We encourage them to attend seminars from visiting universities and offer the services of our University and Careers counsellor which includes interviews, advice on university application, and personal statements amongst other services.

Careers Fair Report

Induction days in June for year 11 students

We run a induction programme into the IB for our year 11 students for a smooth transition into the IB diploma programme and give them an idea of what lies ahead. Once the IGCSE examinations are over, they come back for  three days and take part in a variety of activities ranging from team building exercises to taster lessons in new subjects, including a presentation about TOK and the Extended Essay,  a university visit and a CAS project.

Careers Week 2016

Challenging students competitively in Key Stage 4

When a student is naturally gifted in a subject such as Mathematics, we want to make sure we stretch and challenge them. So alongside our accelerated Mathematics classes we offer academic challenges such as the Maths Olympiad to develop and advance higher-level thinking skills.



We encourage students to extend their ability to understand, explain and contextualise any given stimulus through organised debate and discussion with participation in MUN conferences both locally and abroad. These challenging conferences offer our students the opportunity to shine, winning many best delegate awards for their debating skills.




BISI Model United Nations 2016 Report BISI Model United Nations 2012




Meeting all of our student’s needs in Key Stage 4

We want to give all our students the skills they need to achieve their full potential and we have the following systems in place to enable this

 • ESL support for literacy needs, including a full withdrawal programme of intense English tuition for students joining us with little or no English.
• Accelerated Mathematics classes for gifted mathematics students; leading to students taking early entry IGCSE mathematics in Year 10 followed by the advanced level Additional mathematics IGCSE in year 11.
• Support for students with learning difficulties from our qualified SEN staff
• Differentiated activities within classes to provide fully for each student’s needs
• Emotional and social development support and a dedicated school counsellor.
• Study skills support from subject specialist teachers
• Enthusiastic, highly qualified and experienced teaching staff who appreciate the needs and requirements of international students

Learning support for students in Key Stage 4

At BISI it is recognised that all students learn differently and that some may need more support and guidance to make the most of the curriculum we offer and achieve their full potential.

Our SEN department can give short-term or long-term support, depending on the needs of the student. Progress is continually monitored and the programme adapted as necessary to make sure it develops along with the student’s needs.


Inclusion through SEN support