Named after leading schools already within the Inspired portfolio, King’s College Online will first launch in China and New Zealand in January 2021. Rapid roll-out will see courses available in South Africa, the UK and northern hemisphere from September 2021.
King’s College Online will give South African students between the ages of 14 and 18 the opportunity to receive an internationally accredited secondary school qualification (international GCSE and A-levels), combining all the benefits of full-time online learning of the highest standard with the ability to access premium Inspired physical facilities at over 60 schools around the world, including leading schools in Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to all the Reddam House and Reddford House schools in South Africa.
Nadim Nsouli, founder, chairman and CEO of Inspired Education Group, says, “Throughout the pandemic, we have shared best practices in virtual learning, reopening and hybrid learning with our schools around the world. This has allowed us to develop a unique online school that enables, for example, a child from South African to spend part of their school year in South Africa and part at any of our prestigious schools worldwide.
All King’s College Online students will follow the Pearson (Edexcel) International GCSE and A-level curriculum. The subjects available for both the International GCSE and A level include accounting, biology, business studies, chemistry, Chinese, economics, English, mathematics, and physics.
The Certified Pearson qualifications are globally recognised by leading universities and academic institutions worldwide, including Oxbridge, Ivy League universities, and universities in South Africa.
King’s College Online also offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities that support the online learning, such as art, coding, drama, music, subject specific activities, talent shows and Model United Nations. The small tutor groups and physical attendance at the schools of their choice for King’s College Online students gives them even more opportunities to make friends and develop their talents.
Students can take part in special interest programmes, including sports and music, in summer or winter camps delivered by prestigious Inspired partners such as the Real Madrid Foundation for football or Berklee College of Music for the preforming arts.
Students will take part in live, real-time lessons and small tutor-led study groups. The lessons will also be recorded and made available online for any student not able to join in at the scheduled class time. Weekly performance tracking assessments will provide feedback for students and their parents.
Ravi Nadasen, CEO of Inspired Education South Africa, says this new school model provides the opportunity to future-proof a student’s education. “The world has learned a lot through the pandemic about being ready for the unexpected – and Kings College Online ensures that students’ education can continue uninterrupted, whatever is happening around them, or even if a student has health issues that precludes them from regular school attendance. We’re proud to be among the first countries to offer this highly innovative model, and we look forward to welcoming new students in January.”
Footnote: King’s College Online takes its heritage from Inspired’s King’s College group of schools – with seven schools across Europe and the Americas. It has no relationship with The Kings College and Preparatory in Bryanston or The Kings Schools anywhere in South Africa.