High School Developments

School Development

In order for ISSR both to consolidate and to develop its position as a preeminent educational provider within Siem Reap, it must look beyond Siem Reap and compare itself with quality international schools on a global scale. This process began in August 2016 with a far-reaching review of educational provision at that stage and, through a development plan underpinned by a culture of continuous improvement, the School took major steps forward in a very short time-frame, those developments being discernible, effective and, above all, targeted at maximising the benefits afforded to our students.

Developments 2016-17

Phase #1 (2016-17)


  • Inclusion of Drama in KS3 English curriculum
  • Introduction of targeted English support in addition to current ESL provision
  • Inclusion of Literature in KS3 English curriculum
  • Introduction of Communication skills course for KS4 and KS5
  • Introduction of Business Studies taster course for Y9 
  • Review of PSHE/Citizenship programme and purchase of new courses
  • Introduction of Games period for Y7-9 in addition to Physical Education
  • Introduction of mid-term assessments
  • Introduction of detailed academic reports and refined assessment criteria
  • Promotion of Y12 AS Level courses
  • Creation of Y9>Y10 IGCSE options system
  • Production of entrance assessment tests for English
  • Production of curriculum plans
  • Independent candidates for IGCSE subjects (for example First Language French and Korean)


Restructuring of timetables to allow for full school assemblies, class assemblies, tutor periods and staff meetings.


  • Introduction of extra-curricular timetable for the entire school including Psychology, Public Speaking, Performance Arts
  • Establishment of the High School Council 
  • Re-vitalisation of the House System
  • Establishment of Year Book Committee and publication of Year Book
  • Establishment of inter-schools competitions
  • Establishment of International Day


  • Introduction of Careers Day for Year 9-13 including international careers advisors and Morrisby testing
  • Review of High School newsletter
  • General renovation of classrooms and purchase of lockers for all students
  • Renovation of classrooms to allow for large ICT suite and adjoining classroom/research area
  • Establishment of international links with a school in Malaysia and coordination of visit
  • Production of online admissions documentation
  • Production of online employment application
  • Review of website
  • Review of all High School policies (staff and students)
  • Introduction of the Merit System in recognition of academic achievement and progress
  • School expedition to Kampot

Developments 2017-18

Phase #2 (2017-18)

In addition to the developments listed above the following is already in place for academic year 2017-18:


  • PSHE for all students
  • Work-related learning and Thinking Skills for Year 12 students
  • IGCSE Art and Design
  • IGCSE Drama
  • IGCSE Physical Education
  • IGCSE Additional Mathematics
  • Full AS Level programme comprising English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT and Psychology with the possibility of tailor-made programmes for subjects with fewer students (for example Art and Design Technology)
  • Mid-term assessments, in addition to full reports, issued to parents
  • Assessment and examination periods fixed in the school calendar including full end-of-term assessments for all students towards the end of Term #1
  • Appointment of subject coordinator for English
  • Employment of additional teacher of English
  • Two teachers sharing the delivery of Mathematics
  • Two teachers sharing the delivery of Humanities, History, Geography and PSHE

Targets 2017-18:

  • more in-depth subject specific criteria for assessment
  • development of more detailed schemes of work in addition to curriculum plans


Continued restructuring of timetables which has allowed:

  • PSHE for all students
  • team sports for all students and an extra-curricular period of one hour
  • the removal of all double lessons
  • the removal of KS3 study periods
  • greater balance in terms of distribution of subjects across the school day


  • Widening of the extra-curricular programme to allow for greater range of activities available
  • Use of external facilities to enhance sporting activities


  • Construction of DT classroom and workshop thereby doubling the space available for the study of Art
  • all classrooms fitted with Power Point projectors and screens
  • Introduction of House point system and associated merit awards