REGULATIONS ON THE COMBINED PROGRAMME

Pursuant to Article 33, Paragraph 1, Item 3 of the Statute of Savremena Gimnazija in Belgrade, Municipality of Zemun, 34 Cara Dušana Street (hereinafter: School), the School’s Founding Committee, at the meeting held on 20 December 2019, adopted the following:

REGULATIONS ON THE COMBINED PROGRAMME

Article 1

These Regulations determine the conditions and mode of attending the Combined Programme at Savremena Gimnazija (hereinafter: School), the number of lessons, the international curriculum, the exam application and examination procedures, as well as other issues relevant to the realisation of the Combined Programme. 

The terms of Combined Programme implementation

Article 2

The Combined Programme constitutes the School’s programme that provides education in accordance with the Republic of Serbia’s national gymnasium curricula along with the additional international curriculum of the internationally recognised institution Cambridge Assessment International Education in the English language.

The national curricula are defined by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.

The English-mediated international curriculum is defined by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Great Britain (hereinafter: Cambridge International), in accordance with the School’s accreditation EA051.

The international curriculum constitutes The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education programme (hereinafter: AICE), courtesy of Cambridge International.

The requirements for attending the Combined Programme

Article 3

The teaching according to the international curriculum mentioned in Article 2 unfolds in the English language.

To meet the requirements for attending the Combined Programme, student’s results at a relevant English language test must meet the threshold corresponding at least to the A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, with B1 level recommended for better results, along with fulfilling the other requirements set by the School regarding the potential students’ elementary school achievement (or secondary school achievement, in case of transfer of secondary school students from other schools to Savremena).

The use of first and foreign languages in the Combined Programme

Article 4 

Pursuant to Article 5 of the Law on Secondary Education (“Official Gazette of RS” 55/2013, 101/2017, 27/2018 and other relevant legislation) and Article 25 of the Statute of Savremena Gimnazija, the School can teach in the student’s first language or in a foreign language, depending on the subject’s curricular framework. 

According to the Combined Programme mentioned in Article 2 of this document, the official language of the School’s administration and documentation is the Serbian language, as the official language in the Republic of Serbia.

All documentation and administration at the national programme is subject to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development’s legislation and therefore presented in the Serbian language as the official language in the Republic of Serbia. 

Pursuant to the first paragraph of this article, the international curriculum is defined in accordance with the Cambridge International regulations, and the teaching of AICE subjects, as well as the administration and documentation concerning the international curriculum, is mediated in the English language, which is the official language of Cambridge International. 

The AICE subject teaching, knowledge assessments and examinations are fully implemented in the English language. For this reason, the student is obliged to meet the requirement for attending the Combined Programme as stipulated in Paragraph 2 of this document’s Article 3.

The Combined Programme curriculum

Article 5

The curriculum of the Combined Programme comprises subjects according to Republic of Serbia’s national gymnasium programme and the AICE programme subjects.

The students attend classes in AICE programme subjects: English Language 1, English Language 2, Global Perspectives, Business, and Information Technology, in accordance with Cambridge International’s regulations available at Cambridge International internet page. 

The number of classes per week allocated for AICE subjects is five in the first two years and six in the final two years.

The curriculum for English Language 1 and Global Perspectives in the first two years is formulated so that it enables the students to sit for English as a Second Language and Global Perspectives examinations as part of International General Certificate of Secondary Education (hereinafter: IGCSE) qualification by Cambridge International organisation.

IGCSE qualification from this article’s Paragraph 4 prepares students for independent thinking and sitting for examinations in the English language. 

In the final two years, students attend all lessons in subjects stipulated in this Article’s Paragraph 2 as part of the AICE programme. 

School reserves the right to adjust the number of AICE subject classes to better meet the needs of the students and the School, in order to improve the results achieved at AICE subject examinations.

The teaching of AICE subjects

Article 6

The teaching of AICE subjects takes place according to the schedule determined for the Combined Programme students, incorporating national gymnasium subject lessons and lessons in AICE subjects. The timetable is determined by the School.

English Language 1 is implemented through one lesson per week in the first two years and two classes per week in the final two years. The students sit for an examination in AICE English subject at the end of the third year. Students who do not pass the exam in June, at the first scheduled examination time, can take the same exam in the November period, as well as at the end of the fourth year, in allocated periods in June and November.

At the end of the second year, students can sit for IGCSE English as a Second Language examination as part of the programme IGCSE Cambridge Assessment International Education, Great Britain. 

The students must pass all components of the examination (two written exams) in order to successfully complete the AICE English Language examination. 

English Language 2 is implemented through two lessons per week in the fourth year. The students become eligible for AICE English General Paper examination at the end of the fourth year. If the student does not pass the exam in June, in the first allocated period at the end of the fourth year, they can sit for the same examination in the same year’s November examination period.

The students must pass all components of the examination (the essay and the comprehension assessment) in order to successfully complete the AICE English General Paper.

Global Perspectives teaching takes place through two lessons per week in the first two years and one class per week in the third year. 

At the end of the third year, students become eligible for sitting for AICE Global Perspectives and Research examination. Students who do not achieve satisfactory results or do not take the exam at the end of the third year, in June, at the first scheduled time, can take this exam in the same year’s November period or at the end of the fourth year at the times available in June and November.

At the end of the second year, the student can sit for IGCSE Global Perspectives examination as part of the programme IGCSE Cambridge Assessment International Education, Great Britain. 

The students must pass all components of the examination (essay, project presentation, written exam) in order to successfully pass AICE Global Perspectives and Research in the third year, i.e. IGCSE Global Perspectives in the second year. 

The teaching of the subject AICE Information Technology takes place through one lesson per week in all years. The students can pass a part of the examination at the end of the third year at schedules times in June and November, and sit for the second part at the end of the fourth year, in the same periods. The student can take the entire exam at the end of the fourth year, at scheduled times in June and November. 

The students must pass all components of the examination (two written papers and two practical projects) in order to successfully complete AICE Information Technology examination. 

The teaching of subject AICE Business takes place through one lesson per week during the first two years, two lessons per week during the third year, and three lessons per week in the fourth year. The students can pass a part of the examination at the end of the third year at scheduled times in June and November, and take the second part at the end of the fourth year, in the same periods. The student can take the entire exam at the end of the fourth year, at scheduled times in June and November. 

The students must pass all components of the examination (two written papers and one case study) in order to successfully complete AICE Business examination. 

The attendance of AICE subject lessons

Article 7

The students attend lessons in AICE subjects according to the number of classes stipulated in Article 6 of this document.

The attendance of lessons in AICE subjects is not compulsory. The School’s Regulations on Absences do not refer to unjustified absences from AICE lessons.

The grading of AICE subjects

Article 8

The grading in AICE subjects is performed in accordance with the criteria defined by the Cambridge International grading system. 

The grade that the student can earn through attending lessons, through oral or written knowledge assessments, is expressed through a letter, based on achievement expressed as a percentage:

  • student receives grade A* for achievement of 90–100%;
  • student receives grade A for achievement of 80–89%;
  • student receives grade B for achievement of 70–79%;
  • student receives grade C for achievement of 60–69%;
  • student receives grade D for achievement of 50–59%;
  • student receives grade F for achievement below 50%.

If the student does not attend written or oral knowledge assessments, instead of the aforementioned grades, their result is marked as Ungraded (U).

It is considered that the student has received a positive assessment if they achieved a result of at least 50%, i.e. grade D.

The grading of AICE subject examinations

Article 9

At examinations in AICE subjects, the grading is performed according to Cambridge International’s grading system. These exams are evaluated externally.

The evaluation and grading of all components of the examination listed in Article 6 of this document are performed by Cambridge International. Savremena cannot influence the grading criteria or the grading itself in any way.

The grades that the students can receive based in examination components at the AICE subject examination itself is expressed through a letter, based on achievement expressed as a percentage:

  • student receives grade A* for achievement of 90–100% (A* refers only to A Level, while the maximum grade for AS Level is A);
  • student receives grade A for achievement of 80–89%;
  • student receives grade B for achievement of 70–79%;
  • student receives grade C for achievement of 60–69%;
  • student receives grade D for achievement of 50–59%;
  • student receives grade E for achievement of 40–49%;
  • student receives grade F for achievement of 30–39%;
  • student receives grade G for achievement of 20–29%.

It is considered that the student has passed the exam if they achieved at least 40%, i.e. grade E in all components.

Taking an AICE examination

Article 10

The student meets the requirements for taking an examination based on this document’s Article 6. 

The student’s legal representative must submit the exam application to the School not later than 1 February for June examination period and not later than 1 June for November examination period, in the year adequate for taking the examination according to this document’s Article 6. Otherwise, the School will not register the student for examination at the time stated in the application.

If the student does not show up for Cambridge International examination at the scheduled time, it is considered that the student was absent from examination. 

In consequence of absence from examination and the legal guardian’s failure to provide notice regarding the student’s presence at the examination shall, the legal guardian will be obliged to pay the exam application fee for the first available future examination period.

The cost of sitting for Cambridge International examinations is stipulated in Article 15 of this document.

The requirements for examinations

Article 11

Prior to sitting for AICE subject exams, the students take the so-called mock exams.

Mock exams server for a more precise assessment of the students’ preparedness for taking the actual examinations. Mock exams are organised and implemented by Savremena, while the grading is performed in accordance with Cambridge Assessment International Education’s grading system. Savremena can have no influence over the criteria based on which the mock exam is evaluated.

Mock exams take place in February, March and April – for examinations scheduled for June, September and October periods. The schedule of mock exams is determined by Savremena, which is obliged to notify the student’s legal guardian and the student, via email, about the exact date and time of mock exams 7 days prior to their scheduled date and time.

All students applied for examination are obliged to take the first mock exam for the examination period in which they will sit for examination. 

Students who applied for examination and achieved less than satisfactory results in some components of the exam are obliged to take the mock exams in March and April periods, i.e. September and October periods.

Organising the exams

Article 12

The exams are held at Savremena, according to the curriculum and the regulations of Cambridge International. 

The exams are taken in written and oral form, supervised by responsible persons (Invigilators) appointed by the School, who are in charge of the regularity of the examinations. The person in charge of the regularity of the examination period and the conformity of the examination procedure with the rules and procedures defined by Cambridge International is a Cambridge Examinations Officer.

Cambridge Examination determines the examination time and notifies the School about the scheduled exams; the School is obliged to notify students and their legal guardians by Cambridge International, which notifies the students legal and their legal guardians about the schedule via email, not later than 10 days before the start of the first examination in the period.

Savremena cannot influence the scheduling, changing or correcting of the examination times.

Exam application

Article 13

Applications for examination are submitted through an online form within the official email notification sent to the students’ legal guardians from the School’s official address. Applications for the June examination period are submitted in February, and applications for the November period are submitted in June. The exact period for exam application is determined by Cambridge International.

The legal guardian is obliged to submit the exam application not later than 1 February for the June examination period, and 1 June for the November examination period, as stated in Article 10 of this document. 

In the event of applying for an examination after the expiration of the period determined by Cambridge International, exam application will require the payment of late exam application fee, in the amount determined by Cambridge International and the School.

Regular exam applications are submitted in accordance with this article’s first paragraph. 

If a student applies for examination after the February application deadline for the June examination period, or after the June application deadline for the November examination period, the legal representative is obliged to pay the late exam application fee.

Exam application with application payments by student’s legal guardian can be submitted not later than one month before the start of the examination period according to Cambridge International’s schedule.

The cost of sitting for examination and the amount of the late examination application fee are determined by Cambridge International and School. Savremena cannot influence the determining and correction of the amount of examination cost or late examination fee determined by Cambridge International in any way.

Examination schedule

Article 14

Examinations are scheduled in June and November examination periods. This schedule is determined by Cambridge International.

The schedule is presented to Savremena by Cambridge International and cannot be altered at the request of the student or the legal representative of the student of the School.

The School is obliged to notify the students and the students’ legal representatives about the schedule of Cambridge International exams via email not later than 10 days prior to the first exam in the examination period.

Examination costs

Article 15

The costs of first application per subject for sitting for examination in June or November examination period in the second, third and fourth year are included in the tuition fee for said years.

The School is obliged to notify the students’ legal representatives about exam application not later than January for the June examination period, and not later than May for November examination period.

The legal guardian is obliged to submit exam applications in a timely manner for June and November examination period, not later than 1 February for the June examination period and not later than 1 June for the November examination period, in the way stipulated in Article 13 of this document. 

Timely notification of student’s absence from the exam refers to the legal guardian’s obligation to send an email to the School notifying it that the student will not sit for the examination – not later than 1 February for the June period, and not later 1 June for the November period. 

In the event of a timely notification regarding a student's absence from the examination, the application for the next examination period shall be at the School\s expense, pursuant to the first paragraph of this article.

Should the student’s legal representative fail to provide a timely notification as stipulated in paragraph 3 of this article, the School will not apply the student for sitting for the examination in the next examination period. 

Paragraph 5 of this article refers solely to the first application for an exam. 

Upon the application for the exam, if the student does not sit for examination, does not pass the exam or is not satisfied with the grade, the exam can be retaken in the next examination period, with exam application cost covered by the legal representative.

The amount of the cost of applying for each subsequent examination in case that the student did not take the exam, failed the exam or is not satisfied with the grade is determined by Cambridge International and the School.

The School has no influence over the amount of examination expenses, which is determined by Cambridge International.

The outcome of examination

 Article 16

In order to acquire an AICE diploma, the student must pass all examinations according to the Combined Programme curriculum with a minimum grade E and 40% per cent achievement in all components listed in Article 6 of this document.

Exam documentation is evaluated by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Great Britain; based on this assessment, the same organisation issues the Statement of Results/Certificate, as well as the official diploma, if the student has passed all the required examinations. 

Savremena has no influence over the issuing thereof.

Complaints and appeals regarding the Combined Programme

Article 17

Pursuant to Article 2 of this document, complaints and appeals regarding the national curriculum within the Combined Programme is regulated by the Law on the Foundations of Education.

Complaints by students or their legal representatives regarding the international curriculum teaching process, AICE subject grades, AICE subject teachers, the organisation and implementation of Cambridge International examinations or any form of discrimination within the international curriculum is regulated by this article.     

Complaints based on Paragraph 2 of this article are submitted in written form not later than 3 days following the event in question. 

Complaints based in Paragraph 2 of this article can be submitted in one of the following three ways:

  • in writing, via the school portal;
  • in writing, via the School’s email address;
  • in writing, at the school premises.

Complaints stipulated in Paragraph 2 of this article are responded to by the Complaints Commission, not later than 5 days after the day the complaint was filed.   

The Commission referred to in Paragraph 5 of this Article comprises the School’s principal, psychologist or pedagogist and the Cambridge Programme manager. 

In the event of a complaint regarding the behaviour of an AICE subject teacher, the Commission referred to in Paragraph 5 of this article will respond to the complaint within 15 days.

Complaints regarding the Commission’s response to a complaint can be filed with the School Board within 5 workdays.

The School Board, stipulated in Article 34 of the Statute of Savremena Gimnazija, is obliged to respond to the complaint within 15 days of filing the complaint.

The School Board’s decision responding to a complaint is final.

Final provisions

Article 18 

This document shall come into force on the 8th day following its publication on the School’s notice board.

President of the Founding Committee

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Biljana Tadić-Kuleto

Savremena gimnazija

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