Cambridge Curriculum

Cambridge Lower Secondary

Cambridge Lower Secondary is typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years. We develop young learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. The programme provides a natural progression for children from lower secondary education and prepares them for post-14 education programmes that lead to formal qualifications

By offering Cambridge Lower Secondary, we provide a broad and balanced education for our learners, helping them to thrive throughout their schooling, work and life.


With ten subjects to choose from, including English, mathematics and science, our lower secondary programme provides excellent foundations for the next stage of education, as well as plenty of opportunities to develop creativity, expression and personal wellbeing in a variety of ways.

At The Hillside Prep we cover the following subjects at the lower secondary level
The Hillside Prep Subjects


We have a range of optional assessments that prove and improve learning, whether in assessing learner performance, informing teaching or report progress to students and parents. Our baseline and diagnostic assessments from Cambridge CEM, help measure and benchmark learners’ potential. We Monitor individual and group performance at the end of the lower secondary programme usina Cambridge Checkpoint tests. We assess our learners performance in comparison to the rest of their class and against an international benchmark.


Our lower secondary programme is part of the Cambridge Pathway. The pathway leads seamlessly from lower secondary to upper secondary and pre-university years. Each stage builds on the learners’ development from the previous one or from other educational systems.

An integrated programme

We believe education works best when curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment align. Cambridge Lower Secondary prepares students for the next stage by developing knowledge, understanding and skills across the programme.

We encourage teaching practice that engages the youngest students in their own learning, and we support our programmes with high quality resources.

Our view is that assessment should both prove and improve students’ learning, giving them focus, pace and challenge. We organise our lower secondary assessments in a way that maximises time for teaching and learning.