BELGIUM

GO! Middenschool Ninove

Description

In the heart of Ninove, “the oldest, naughtiest and wisest of cities” (according to many history books), lies the ‘Ninove middle school’. In this school, pupils are carefully and lovingly guided in taking the big step from primary to secondary education. First, they are given a broad educational offer that stimulates them to explore what they like and dislike and what they are capable of. This nurtures them into strong and ambitious personalities who make the most of their talents. Then, they are given the best possible orientation in their future school career. Preferably in ‘atheneum Ninove’, which is a high school located on the same green and inclusive campus. There, they are further formed into enterprising and responsible teenagers who are prepared to tackle a job on the labour market, continue studying or simply take on the world 😉 And all that, topped off at both schools with a BIG dose of wellbeing and high quality education.

Structure

In Flanders, full-time secondary education is divided into 3 grades. What one can study in the 2nd and 3rd grade is divided according to study domains, finalities and forms of education.

  • First grade: 1st and 2nd year A for 12-14 year olds:
    Children who have obtained a certificate of primary education usually enter 1st grade A which focuses on ‘studying’.
  • First grade: 1st and 2nd year B:
    Children who have not obtained a certificate of primary education enter 1st year B. This is aimed at children with learning difficulties or those who from a young age onwards strongly prefer to learn by ‘doing’.
    After 1st year B, pupils can move on to 2nd year A (this is subject to a favourable decision by the Admission Class Council), 2nd year B or 1st year A.
  • First grade: 1st and 2nd year A OV4 + 1st and 2nd year A OV4:
    This particular school also offers training form 4, in which the programme of ‘ordinary’ secondary education is also taught, but with objectives and support adapted to children’s specific individual abilities and needs. It is aimed at social functioning and participation and later on studying or working, whether or not with support. In OV4, the same programmes and transition conditions apply as in ordinary education.

Contact

  • School: GO! Middenschool Ninove
  • Headmaster: Steven Ghys: directeur@middenschool-ninove.be
  • OSCE coordinator: Tamara Vande Velde: tamara.vandevelde@middenschool-ninove.be

GO! De Studio* Oostende

Description

In Ostend, by the sea, lies a remarkable school, named ‘the Studio*’ with education based on scientific research. This is a place where the world of young people is used to inspire and motivate them to learn. School projects also aim to stimulate their entrepreneurial spirit, both inside and outside the school environment. In the Studio*, cooperation and care for each other receives a lot of attention, and collaboration with society is actively sought after. Critical thinking, being able to argue clearly and look at the world with an open mind, also lies at the core of this team’s vision on what good education consists of. Pupils are flexible and not afraid to speak their mind. In this school, 12 to 18 year olds are educated in, with a particular focus on languages, and CLIL, of course. The school offers a different teaching schedule and evaluates differently.

Structure

  • This school has an educational offer for 12-18 year olds and focuses on studying in higher education.
  • For more info on the first grade: see GO! Middenschool Ninove.
  • In the third year of secondary education, pupils in Flanders choose what to study. In the Studio* they can choose between two inspiring main areas of interest
    • natural sciences domain: emphasis on mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry, which prepares pupils for further studies such as laboratory technician, engineer or doctor.
    • human sciences domain: emphasis on humanities, behavioural sciences, history, cultural sciences and educational science.
  • In the fifth year of secondary, pupils in the Studio* can choose between five different teaching packages
    • Modern Language Sciences: a track with extra focus on modern languages. Pupils study Dutch, French, English and Spanish on top of their natural science package.
    • Engineering-Sciences: a track that gives pupils a taste of scientific practice, in preparation for a professional bachelor.
    • Sciences- Mathematics and Human Sciences: tracks that go deeper into the theoretical background, in preparation for an academic bachelor.

Contact

  • School: GO! de Studio*
  • Headmaster: Steven Geerolf: steven.geerolf@destudio-oostende.be
  • OSCE coordinator: Maud Bonte: maud.bonte@destudio-oostende.be

GO! Campus De Vesten Herentals

Description

Structure

  • This school has an educational offer for 12-19 year olds and focuses both on studying in higher education and working.
  • For more info on the first grade: see GO! Middenschool Ninove.
  • The school also offers a special cross-curricular and project-based learning track for 12-14 year olds  in which pupils learn to take control of their own learning process, supported by a permanent team of learning coaches. All subjects, according to the GO! curricula, are integrated as much as possible and taught in a self-directed way.
  • In the third year of secondary education, pupils in Flanders choose what to study. In Campus De Vesten Herentals they can choose between five exciting domains
    • Language and culture
    • STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
    • Economy and organisation
    • Society and wellbeing
    • Sports
  • The first domain is only meant for pupils wanting to obtain an academic bachelor after secondary education. All other domains are also open for pupils wanting to obtain a professional bachelor or start working immediately.
  • Campus De Vesten organises an extra (7th) year in vocational education for pupils looking for a thorough specialisation in their subject area or wanting to continue studying after all.

Contact

  • School: GO! Campus De Vesten Herentals
  • Headmaster: Katrien Adriaensens: katrien.adriaensens@campusdevesten.be and Tom Van Doninck: tom.vandoninck@campusdevesten.be
  • OSCE coordinator: Elise Verachtert: elise.verachtert@gmail.com
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