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Contact

Please complete a contact form at the following link and one of our team will get back to you: https://interhigh.co.uk/contact/.

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Cost

This is dependant on which key stage and year group the pupil is entering. The fees are also dependent on what contract or promotional package you wish to sign up to and what subjects you wish to take. For more information on our fees please click on the link > https://interhigh.co.uk/admissions-registration/fees/.

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You can pay online with bank transfer or over the phone with card. Further information can be found on our fees page > https://interhigh.co.uk/fees

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UK based pupils can pay termly, split over 3 installments in the year. There is also the option to set up a direct debit to pay in more monthly affordable instalments. International students can either pay their fees termly, or in a single lump sum payment also.

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To confirm a place for the student, we require a deposit of £500.00. Please be aware the deposit for non-UK pupils is equal to one school terms fees. For KS2 and 3 students the £500.00 deposit is returned at the end of the academic year after any outstanding fees have been paid. For KS4 and 5 students the £500.00 deposit is returned at the end of the academic year after any outstanding fees have been paid and once the student sent back their exam results to InterHigh.

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No, there is currently no financial support available from InterHigh at the moment. We would recommend you speak to the person in charge of Alternative Provision at your local authority as they will be the ones to potentially offer assistance with costs, usually students who have an EHCP get funding assistance. We have students at InterHigh who’s fees are paid in this way, so it is possible, however, it is for the parent to arrange with their Local Authority.

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Exams

Yes, we offer IGCSEs and A-Levels, which are accepted by Universities. We always advise checking with university beforehand, for peace of mind.

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There is no minimum, but we would always recommend all InterHigh student sign up for the core package dependent on their key stage.

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No, exams before Year 11 will be in-house, online exams. For official exams, you will work with our Exams Team who will provide a list of your nearest centres. ** There are certain subjects where travel to the UK is essential: IGCSE subjects Psychology, Film Studies. A Level subjects – Classical Civilisation, German, Media Studies, Politics.

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There is no guarantee that the content is the same – different schools may study subjects in different orders – you would be able to see what has been covered in previous lessons.

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Depending on where you sit the exams you would need to discuss with the centre the provision for access arrangements. Our exams team will be able to assist with any related questions: exams@interhigh.co.uk.

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For further information please contact the Exams Officer: exams@interhigh.co.uk The Exam Officer will be able to offer you advice and provide you with the details of the closest exam centre to you.

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IGCSEs are accepted by colleges and our international A Levels are accepted by universities across the world.

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The school term dates can be found here: https://interhigh.co.uk/term-dates/

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InterHigh are accredited to deliver iGCSEs from the following examining bodies, CIE, EDEXCEL, AQA, OCR and WJEC. Almost all iGCSEs studied at InterHigh are Edexcel iGCSEs. Please note, there may be an overlap with other exam boards for some subjects, and others may have different topics/books that are studied. It is recommended to follow a course in full, from Year 10.

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Currently, there is no minimum requirements for A level study.

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To see the exam boards for individual subjects, click on the individual subject tiles at the following link: https://interhigh.co.uk/interhigh-sixth-form/

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IGCSE

Courses on the learning platform are laid out week by week for ease of understanding. You can find more details about KS4 content here: https://interhigh.co.uk/interhigh-secondary-school/igcses-subjects-key-stage-4/.

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Here at InterHigh we offer iGCSEs. Course content can differ to UK GCSEs. It is advisable to check the prior to joining at this stage in the year, for further information contact admissions@interhigh.co.uk. iGCSEs are fully exam based, so course work is not required. Please note that all but two of our subjects are iGCSEs; Film Studies and Psychology are GCSEs.

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It is currently not possible for InterHigh to offer an IGCSE course in Drama because the Drama IGCSE qualification has a live performance component and at present the exam boards will not accept an on-line substitute for this. This live performance module is not part of the exam, but part of course work that students do and perform. Their teachers record the performance and submit a report on how they have worked as a group in preparation of their performance. Then the written component of the exam is taken at an exam centre like all other exams.

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As soon as your child accesses their hub they will be able to view all previous course materials for the current academic year, assignments will also be visible – some tests and quizzes have a time limit so they are no longer accessible. Students joining now would be expected to catch up on missed work independently.

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This is a UK GCSE examination course (not an iGCSE) and so students must be able to sit the final examination in a UK exam centre. 30% of the course can be a film extract for coursework. It is to be filmed by the candidate. It can also be a screenplay extract. There is 10% of evaluative analysis included in this. The remaining 70% is the study of film techniques and the contexts of film.

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The Photography course is an assured course and not part of an IGCSE, this is due to the requirements of the GCSE exams and the need to verify that all work is completed by the students on their own without any assistance.

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Joining

Online schooling with InterHigh includes a completely interactive Primary School, Secondary School and Sixth Form. Using our specialised online learning platform, InterHigh is accessible to learners wherever they are in the world. We provide students with everything they would expect from a traditional schooling environment, plus a whole lot more.

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Yes, InterHigh has students from all over the world. Please note: most lessons are between 09:00 and 16:20 UK time.

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InterHigh starts from Year 4 (8 years of age) and educates students all the way through to Year 13. We accept students into Year 10 up to the age of 19, i.e. they can turn 19 during that academic year. We can accept students into Year 11 up to 20, i.e. they can turn 20 during that academic year. As for Sixth Form, we accept students if they are no older than 25 in Year 13, i.e. they turn 26 after the end of term (week 30 in Y13).

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InterHigh is a non-selective school and sixth form, we do not ask for any grades / entry assessments prior to joining us.

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InterHigh is a non-selective school and sixth form, we do not ask for any grades or entry assessments prior to joining us.

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At Interhigh we support and encourage socialising with other students through social events, Yammer our safeguarded social media channel and through interaction in Clubs and the Student Council. The Student voice is important to us so we seek feedback from students regularly to make improvements and to help support the with the best experience that they can have. We also have opportunities for interactive and group work in classes and use breakout rooms for this purpose. All classes are recorded to ensure all students are safe at all times, and training is provided for use of social media.

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We are not currently recognised by the DFE and do not fall under OFSTED inspections. Online schools do not currently fit the criteria for a recognised school, but we are continuing to work closely with the DFE to address this and hope there will be recognition of this type of education in the near future.

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You will need to undertake your own investigations into whether home schooling is allowed in the country you are looking to work/live in. This would also apply to any comparison between the English education system and other education systems around the world. Interhigh education staff are specialists in the English education system only.

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Yes, students can join now, although they would be expected to make up some of the work from the previous term. If the student is studying KS4 they can sign up to LOD lessons at an additional cost to fill any gaps in their knowledge https://interhigh.co.uk/keystage-4-learning-on-demand/

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We operate a rolling admissions policy meaning that we accept enrolment throughout the academic year.

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The enrolment process can take on average between 1-2 weeks to complete, this timescale is dependent on how quickly the admission team received all requested paperwork and all required fee payments. For this reason, we recommend registering to join us at least 2 weeks before the students intended starting date.

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Not at all, we accept enrolments throughout the academic year. Although if in Year 11, 12 or 13, we would recommend joining before October half term. To register with InterHigh: https://interhigh.co.uk/admissions-registration/register-for-entry/.

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If joining InterHigh part way through the two year iGCSE courses it is recommended that you compare the exam specifications studied at InterHigh against those at the previous setting to check for similarities and differences. Please note that many of our iGCSE courses are Pearson Edexcel. The exam specifications for each subject can be found on this website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates.html. Where the subject is an AQA subject the exam specification can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications and Cambridge international: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-upper-secondary/cambridge-igcse/subjects/

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If joining InterHigh part way through the two year A Level courses it is recommended that you compare the exam specifications studied at InterHigh against those at the previous setting to check for similarities and differences.

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Although it is not advisable to join year 11 at this point in the academic year, you would need to discuss this with the head of KS4. The exam specifications could be different to what your child has been previously studied.

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It is not advisable to join this year group at this time; we would suggest discussing your individual circumstances with the head of sixth form. The exam specifications could be different to what your child has been previously studied.

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Yes, however the timetable may not allow this without a lesson clash. Where there is a lesson clash the recorded lesson can be viewed at a later date.

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You will need to upload a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport and a proof of address, e.g. a copy of your utility bill or bank statement – please note, it must be within the last 3 months, unless it is a copy of your driving licence or council tax bill. The contract you will sign will be electronic, so there is no need to print it off and scan.

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We do have a few students who study at InterHigh and another school – this can be tricky to try to match up timetables. If you require more information, please email admissions@interhigh.co.uk. The admissions team will be happy to discuss your individual circumstances and attempt to reach a solution.

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It is possible to access the learning resources already covered in the lessons earlier in the term. Students would need to plan to do this in and around their attendance at timetabled lessons.

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One of the many benefits of learning with InterHigh is the way it allows teachers to deliver tailored education to all learners. Traditional classrooms can be unpredictable in their nature, causing teachers to become easily distracted by misbehaving students and unable to teach all learners equally, which is not the case with InterHigh’s online classrooms. In a mainstream school setting, students who miss lessons due to hospital or doctor’s appointments may also find it difficult to catch-up, causing them to fall behind. With the interactive setting of InterHigh, teachers can give learners the tailored attention they need to reach their full potential. Every lesson is recorded and stored in the lesson archive, enabling them to catch-up at any point. Plus, students can privately message their teacher at any time during or after lessons with queries, getting their questions answered without the fear of feeling embarrassed in front of their peers.

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Unfortunately, we cannot provide the details of our students and parents without their consent. Please find our most recent pupil stories here: https://interhigh.co.uk/pupils-case-studies/

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You won’t receive one automatically – we can however provide a written letter of registration stating that your child is enrolled at InterHigh – this request will need to be sent to admin@interhigh.co.uk.

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Teaching and Learning

The system provides firm boundaries for students who require this approach. There is no negative behaviour to interact with in an InterHigh classroom and any behaviour from then student does not impact on other learners or cause disciplinary issues for other students. The teacher can restrict student access to general chat, private chat, microphone access and indeed the classroom itself (a last resort). Students are aware of these controls and therefore respond to these firm boundaries.

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The A Level practicals run in the Easter Holidays for further details contact > exams@interhigh.co.uk.

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Students are placed in their chronological age group unless a specific request is made for a different year group by a parent. Students sit a baseline assessment that currently takes place on two separate occasions (October and March). This assessment is to help teachers with grade predictions and does not have any bearing on classes. We welcome the submission of reports/scores from previous settings that can be saved on our management information system and shared with staff.

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Before studying for IGCSEs in Year 10, our students study the English National Curriculum. There are no official certificates/qualifications given before Year 11. If you decided to leave us we can provide a letter of registration, stating at which level and for how long the student was studying with us and the student’s academic reports will be available via the Parent Portal.

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InterHigh offers a different way of learning to the traditional physical school, the online environment provided has large benefits for a learner with special educational needs. Students accessing their lessons from home, in an environment they are comfortable in and can control. We also provide firm and consistent boundaries for students who require this approach. There is no negative behaviour to interact with in an InterHigh classroom and any behaviour from the student does not impact on other learners or cause disciplinary issues for the student. The teacher can restrict student access to general chat, private chat, microphone access and indeed the classroom itself. Students are aware of these controls and therefore respond to these firm boundaries. The teacher can set questions via a Q&A pod with only the teacher seeing the responses and therefore students are not anxious in answering questions or giving opinions. InterHigh do currently offer support classes for English, Maths and Science at KS3 and 4 but these are drop-in sessions to help with current classwork and homework issues rather than special educational needs classes. InterHigh already has students with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP’s) and Statements of Special Educational Needs (Wales) placed with us with funding provided by the Local Authority.

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At InterHigh, you can rest assured that your child will receive an excellent education with our extensive curriculum. Delivered by expert and experienced teaching professionals, InterHigh learners are provided with engaging lessons that keep them motivated. For InterHigh Juniors, the priority is to ensure these young learners are receiving top quality education, whilst equipping them to thrive in the long run and foster inquisitive and engaged learners. At secondary school level, InterHigh adhere to the National English curriculum for our KS3 and KS4 students studying the core IGCSE subjects. Following the exam board Edexcel, our pedagogical approach emphasises the development of independent study skills and promotes further enquiry, whilst studying towards their IGCSE qualifications. For Sixth Form learners, the transition to university can be a particularly daunting process. However, our dedicated team of teaching professionals are available to help every step of the way, providing guidance for personal statements and everything else they need to submit a strong UCAS and Oxbridge application.

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A pupil booklist is available on the parent portal. Once opened, the guardian will see there are books listed in red which are essential to buy, and then also books listed in black, which are optional to buy. Most parents buy the books from Amazon as it is the easiest method. The ISBN number for each book is provided in the booklist so that you can ensure you are getting the correct version of the book.

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Each week, teachers deliver a subject to the year group (except for KS2 and year 12), which is generally a presentation of key learning objectives for the week. This larger learning environment prepares students for higher education, comparable to a University lecture hall.

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InterHigh adopt a flexible approach to learning. All lessons are recorded, learners who are unable to attend timetabled live lessons can easily catch up using our online lesson archive, accessible 24/7. Plus, if they have any questions, they can simply email teachers directly from their school email account.

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Details of assessment weeks can be found here > https://interhigh.co.uk/term-dates/.

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Yes, our parents can directly email their child’s teachers if they have any specific questions/queries for them. You will be able to see your childs timetable on your parent portal dashboard. On there you will see the teachers names. You can then find the teachers email addresses in the ‘Contacts List’ – which you can find by clicking on the ‘Documents’ icon on your parent portal. You will need to email from your own personal email account.

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Depending on how many subjects are studied, lessons are generally two hours a week per subject i.e. three 40-minute lessons. So, if a learner is studying seven subjects, this would typically cover 4/5 lessons a day, including a tutor group and an optional exercise class. Pupils are taught using a two-prong format: each subject has a Lead Lesson and two Follow Lessons.

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Baseline assessments are completed at the start of each year, these give an indication of expected performance at IGCSE and can be used by teachers for target setting and monitoring the progress of students throughout the year.

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Our core offering of iGCSE courses and A-level subjects contain embedded transferable skills, that promote self-directed study and are widely accepted and sought-after by colleges, universities and employers all over the world. The experienced and highly qualified staff at InterHigh are on hand to guide learners through their personal statements, as well as everything else they need to submit a strong UCAS and Oxbridge application.

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InterHigh issue end of year reports but not completion certificates that are common in some education systems/countries. Should this be needed a special request will need to be made via the admin team.

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The majority of our teachers are UK based and we also have some a couple of international teachers. All our teachers are experienced and highly familiar with the UK curriculum and British education system.

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On average it is one piece of homework per subject, per week but this is at the teachers discretion. Some subjects such as Maths/Geography/History, will include pieces of homework that are handwritten or drawn. This is dependent on what year group and key stage the pupil is in.

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Learners are able to email their class teacher or Senior Leader of Learning [SLOL]. Teaching staff undertaking a full timetable may take longer to respond to email enquiries due to their teaching workload.

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There are lots of tools that teachers can utilise to differentiate for example, breakout rooms and instant marking quizzes. Our expert and experienced online teachers utilise a range of teaching methods within their lessons. Our taster sessions are a great platform to experience these. You can sign up for our next free taster session here: https://interhigh.co.uk/learnonline/

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Classes are streamed live by specialist teachers to students at scheduled times. Students interact with the teacher either by microphone or in our live classroom chat. All lessons are recorded. You will have access to all the lesson recordings once you are fully enrolled, therefore, you will be able to see all of the lessons from the beginning of the year, as well as all the associating lesson resources for each class.

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InterHigh makes it easy for parents to be involved with their child’s progress. Parents are provided with their own login to the online learning portal, which gives you constant access to information about your child’s progress, feedback and details regarding homework assignments. This information is also supplemented by frequent written feedback from all their teachers.

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Attendance in lessons are highly recommended but there is the option to register as a library learner and use recordings of lessons to undertake your studies. The expectation for a timetable agreed with parents is that the student attends all the parent has signed them up for.

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Please use the link below to show ages for relevant UK year groups. We recommend joining based on age. You will be able to contact teachers directly, in order for them to differentiate work set and provide necessary support in class, however, our system is flexible, so if you found your child was struggling/ finding the work too easy, it would be possible to move up/down a year.

https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions/guidance/choosingschools/decidingonschools/yeargroup

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Certain subjects have additional support classes on a weekly basis, e.g. English (KS3 and 4 only), Maths and Science. The lesson recordings are invaluable for struggling students as they can pause and watch lessons again in their own time. Teachers can respond to email enquiries during school hours and we have a pastoral team who can help students with an Education, Health and Care Plan with study plans to catch up on work.

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InterHigh has a flexible absence system, allowing parents to notify us via the parent portal, of any absences prior to them occurring. The student can then catch up with the recorded lesson at a time more suitable to them. If the absence will be frequent e.g. rehearsals, you can email the pastoral team and the student can be noted as a ‘Library learner’ for that particular period.

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No, however if you have any timetable requests, there are specific time periods for you to make changes.

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Students will be with the same classmates weekly, so will naturally come to know each other. With parental consent, students (Year 8 upwards) can also sign up to our social media platform, Yammer, where they can interact in a more relaxed setting. We also hold events throughout the academic year, based in the UK.

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Our education model focuses upon the use of live lessons supplemented by independent learning. We have two main types of live classes: Lead lessons are like lectures and can have large numbers of students attending. Then we have Follow lessons with on average 19 students in Key Stage 3 and 4 and 15 in Key stage 2 and 5.

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Technical

Students require Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to learn with InterHigh. Once learners have enrolled with InterHigh, a full booklist will become available to each parent via their Parent Portal.

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In April 2020, we launched taster sessions. These provide a sample of what an actual lesson is like. You can sign up on our website: https://interhigh.co.uk/learnonline/

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Yes, please email enquiries@interhigh.co.uk to request the recording.

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Our live online classes are held in Adobe Connect, which allows us to provide a virtual classroom environment for our students.

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We recommend using a Windows based computer or laptop. Apple Macs can be used but ‘Office for Mac’ is requiried to work in the same file types. We do not support full funcationality of smartphones and tablets. Visit for more information: https://interhigh.co.uk/about-interhigh/computer-requirements/

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Timings

Most of the lessons are scheduled between 09:00 and 16:20 (UK Time); There are also breaks and free periods throughout the day.

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An InterHigh term is the same as standard independent school academic term, which is usually around 12 weeks. We closely follow the independent school calendar of 35 weeks, although some half-term breaks can be different: https://interhigh.co.uk/term-dates/.

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Each subject has 2 hours of lessons per week – one lead lesson and two follow lessons each 40 minutes in length. For example, if your child is studying the core 7 subjects, typically they would attend 4 or 5 lessons a day, including a tutor group and an exercise class.

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Our lessons take place on UK time with most lessons taking place between 09:00 GMT and 16:20 GMT; If your time zone means you will not be able to attend live lessons, your child can catch up via the lesson recordings which are accessible via the learning hub, If they have questions for their teacher, they will be able to email them directly. Please note they will not be able to call their teacher, only email.

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Please be aware the following timetable is for the 2019/20 school year and is subject to change for the next (starting September 2020).

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Please be aware the following timetable is for the 2019/20 school year and is subject to change for the next (starting September 2020).

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Please be aware the following timetable is for the 2019/20 school year and is subject to change for the next (starting September 2020).

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Please be aware the following timetable is for the 2019/20 school year and is subject to change for the next (starting September 2020).

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Please be aware the following timetable is for the 2019/20 school year and is subject to change for the next (starting September 2020).

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Please be aware the following timetable is for the 2019/20 school year and is subject to change for the next (starting September 2020).

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Please be aware the following timetable is for the 2019/20 school year and is subject to change for the next (starting September 2020).

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Please be aware the following timetable is for the 2019/20 school year and is subject to change for the next (starting September 2020).

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Providing quality online education at an affordable cost

Established in 2005, InterHigh is a complete interactive Secondary School and Sixth Form. We welcome pupils from across the UK and Internationally. Rather than travelling to school to study – InterHigh comes to you, wherever you are, through our specialised learning portal. We are able to offer you everything you expect from a traditional school…. plus a whole lot more!

Achieving a consistent high level of pass rates

At InterHigh we prepare all our pupils thoroughly for their public examinations and assist with enrolling them at our own examination centre or one convenient to their location.

Our lessons are taught by expert and experienced teachers

Pupils are taught in timetabled classrooms, Monday to Friday. The teachers lead a fully interactive and engaging lesson designed to achieve the highest learning outcomes.