Accreditation

Accreditation

The Nigerian Ministry of Education has certified that our Year1 is the equivalent of the Nigerian Primary 1 with comparable increments throughout the different levels up to Year 11.


A student graduating from OBES with 5 IGCSE passes at grade C or above will receive upon application to the Nigerian Ministry of Education a certificate indicating that his/her diploma is the equivalent of a student graduating from a Nigerian School in SS3.

Accreditation is affirmation by professional peer evaluators that

• All staff has full and valid Degree certificates and the school holds the appropriate Nigerian licenses and is what it says it is.
• The school complies in accordance with criteria set by the academic community
• The school is committed to continuous professional development of the staff Accreditation requires continual self-evaluation, frequent reports, and periodic external review.

Cambridge

OBES is a fully accredited school by Cambridge International Examinations as a Cambridge Learning Centre for Years 1 through to Year 13. To gain accreditation by Cambridge, OBES has satisfied the visiting team from Cambridge of the following criteria:

Management and leadership

• The principal is suitably qualified, competent and experienced in educational leadership.
• School leaders (and the governing body) demonstrate a commitment to the successful introduction of international qualifications and have clear objectives for doing so.
• Senior staff is committed to a programme of school improvement and developing staff and students.

Teaching and learning

• The school has appropriate numbers of staff in management, teaching and support functions.
• The staff have appropriate qualifications to deliver Cambridge education programmes and qualifications successfully.
• Teaching approaches in our school take into account diverse learning styles and individual student needs.
• The school has a clear approach to developing its teachers and other staff.

Educational values

• The culture of the school is learner-centered and helps students to become confident, enquiring and resourceful learners.
• We promote international awareness through the curriculum and other activities.
• Relationships between staff and students are positive, demonstrate mutual respect and the school has established and consistent expectations of behaviour.
• The culture in our school involves self-evaluation and review to enable improvements.

Physical environment

• The school premises are conducive to learning, with a positive environment for students and adequate to deliver the curriculum.
• Library or learning resources: adequate to support the delivery of the requested curriculum, including reference, non-fiction and fiction. We also have dedicated resources to support the professional development of our teaching staff.
• ICT: an appropriate number of computers are available, as well as printers, scanners and internet connectivity.
• Health and safety, first aid procedures and fire equipment.
• Secure storage arrangements for question papers and other examination materials: all Cambridge Schools to maintain the integrity and security of the qualifications and assessments by handling and storing all examination materials in a proper and secure manner as defined by Cambridge. Arrangements at the school for the secure storage of examination materials meet the regulations at the time of the school visit.
• Facilities available for holding the examinations: The school needs adequate accommodation for holding examinations for the number of candidates you have.

The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP)
The Cambridge International Primary Programme gives schools all over the world the framework to develop Mathematics, English and Science skills and knowledge in young children.

The Primary Programme provides guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and learning and it allows teachers to assess children’s learning as they progress. The CIPP consists of a number of components that fit together to provide schools with tools they can use to help their students acquire knowledge and skills.

The CIPP comprises:
• The Cambridge Primary Curriculum Framework – to help teachers develop high quality programmes for teaching young children English, Mathematics and Science. It is accessible through a secure website (https://cambridgeprimary.cie.org.uk) for which we will receive login information once accredited.

• The Cambridge Primary Progression Tests – available for the last 4 years of primary education and designed to allow teachers to follow the progress of their students over time and analyze performance within their classes and against an external benchmark.

• The Cambridge International Primary Achievement Tests – to be taken by students at the end of their final year of primary education. CIE will moderate these tests and issue students with Certificates of Achievement.

• Primary Teacher Support Resources – available to schools to support the implementation and teaching of the CIPP. CIE offers a planning booklet, teacher training, schemes of work and a website providing access to online resources and international discussion groups.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme
The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme is a framework for increasing educational success for students in Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3). This programme builds on the primary stage, and develops student’s knowledge and skills in Mathematics, English and Science.

The Lower Secondary Programme also provides us with a means of tracking student progress through the lower Secondary phase, with an integrated package of teaching, learning and assessment materials.

At the end of Year 7 and Year 8 students take the Progression Tests in Mathematics, English and Science. These are designed to allow teachers to follow the progress of their students over time and analyze performance within their classes and against an external benchmark. These Progression Tests lead on from the CIPP tests for Years 3, 4, 5, and 6. At the end of Lower Secondary (Year 9), students sit Cambridge Checkpoint tests which provide detailed feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses before they move into the Key Stage 4, IGCSE. It also provides a fair assessment of how well an individual student will do in the IGCSE examinations for the stated subjects.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
The Secondary school curriculum at OBES is anchored by the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), an external examination programme designed for 14 to 16 year olds (Years 10 to 11) and based upon the National Curriculum of England and Wales.

The IGCSE provides a very broad programme of study in areas such as languages, social studies, science, mathematics, creative arts and vocational subjects. In each subject there is a balance between practical and theoretical knowledge but the emphasis in almost all subjects is skills related to that subject.

The curriculum is designed so that students can use examples related to their own experiences and residence. The nature of the programme is such that students of different abilities can follow it. Further it is designed for students whose first language may not be English.

Students sit examinations at the end of the IGCSE course, usually in year 11. These examinations are marked by experienced external examiners appointed by CIE.

IGCSE is recognised internationally and it is evidence of ability to academics and employers throughout the world. The programme prepares students for further academic courses which would be followed in years 12 and 13 at school.

CIE is a division of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate this in turn is part of the University of Cambridge. UCLES has developed and promoted qualifications at a variety of levels for at least 150 years. CIE was set up in 1998 to administer the expansion of IGCSE and other international qualifications.
AS and AL Qualifications
Cambridge International A Level is the world’s most popular international examination for 17–18 year olds.

As one of the most recognised qualifications around the world, it is accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide.

Cambridge International A Levels typically takes two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select subjects that are right for them. There are five passing grades (A–E).

Minimum matriculation requirements are at least two pass grades. Good A Level grades can be a key to admission for the entire world’s major Anglophone universities. University course credit and advanced standing is often available in countries such as the USA and Canada, and good grades in carefully chosen A Level subjects can result in up to one full year of credit.

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level represents the first half of a full A level course and gives students the opportunity of studying a broader range of subjects without committing to doing a full A Level. As with A Levels these enable students to apply successfully to universities throughout the world.

Admission is open to all classes subject of course to availability of space as the maximum population per class is limited to 24 pupils.
Application forms are available from the school office and a placement test is normally conducted to ensure that the child is indeed able to cope with the class for which admission is sought. Placement tests are organised at a mutually convenient time.
An entrance examination is conducted in March/May for pupils wishing to enter JSS1 from other schools and Primary 5 pupils from Olumawu Basic Education School.
Our primary six pupils wishing to continue the last leg of their basic education programme are not required to take any examination. Progression to JSS1 is automatic, subject to their performance in their sessional examinations and interview as necessary.
Primary 5 pupils wishing to proceed to JSS1 must be 11 years old by March in the academic year of admission. The following factors are also taken into account:

• The definite need for prospective students to be sufficiently mature to cope with the demands of the JSS Curriculum
• Performance academically throughout Primary 4 and Primary 5 taking into consideration CATs scores and end of term examination results
• Ability in English, both spoken and written
• Parental wishes and choice
• Achievement in the school based Entrance Examination and interview
To sit the examination, an Application Form must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian of the candidate. Forms are available from the school office for N10,000.00. Alternatively, the form may be down loaded from this website.
Completed forms should be returned to the Admissions officer in the school office on or before the date set for the examination.