Rugby School Japan seeks to develop the whole person, so in our academic provision we aim to challenge pupils to exercise and enrich their entire mind. A breadth of intellectual experiences in Years 10 and 11 allows our pupils to face academic challenge and to develop their understanding of both the physical and imaginative worlds they inhabit. We aim to provoke a curiosity in our pupils which they will be able to follow up with the support of subject specialists outside the classroom, through our programme of academic enrichment, clubs and societies.

The Middle School curriculum at RSJ offers both breadth and depth of study, primarily based on the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). The IGCSE is an International version of the compulsory school examinations in England and Wales which, due to their global outlook and thorough academics, are used by both international schools and top UK independent schools, including Rugby UK.

As the most popular examinations worldwide for 14-16 year olds, the IGCSEs are seen as excellent preparation for A Level and other post-16 qualifications. The courses follow a prescribed curriculum administered by examination boards in England. At Rugby School Japan, we use four examination boards to administer our examinations: Cambridge, AQA, OxfordAQA and Pearson Edexcel. However, while examination results are of vital importance, we structure our courses around learning rather than examinations, and the learning is not always confined to the limits of the syllabus content.

The subject matter studied at I/GCSE is of intrinsic value and interest. Pupils receive a grounding in the powerful knowledge that underpins our understanding of the modern world and humanity more broadly. They should select courses of study they find engaging and thought provoking, as well as useful in a practical sense.

Lessons at Rugby School Japan are intellectually stimulating and fun. We want our pupils to develop the confidence and experience necessary to manage
and direct their own academic work. We aim for them to be enquiring in their approach to academic study, to learn to reflect on their work and to show both resilience and versatility, particularly when confronted with challenges. Our aim is for them to become effective communicators and collaborators, maintaining a global perspective in their approach which, in turn, helps them to remain open to others and to embrace diversity.


Check the School Life page to learn more about our academic curriculums.