F.A.Q

Academic Unit

What is the duration of the internship?

It is for four weeks. This is to be spread from end of Year 9 to Year 12.

What is the essence of the internship?

The aim is to expose the students to real life experience of what they are learning in class and about the profession they want to pursue as a career.

What curriculum do we run?

We run a blended curriculum-that is British and Nigeria curricula

  • Junior school: At the junior school level students are prepared for Cambridge Checkpoint and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organized by National Examination Council (NECO).
  • Senior school: At the senior school level students are prepared for International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination and West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

What is the students’ daily routine?

A typical school day starts by 6.30 a.m. with supervised morning prep followed by classes at 7.20am to 2.10p.m. By 2.10p.m, students go for lunch and siesta; by 4.00pm they are out for afternoon prep. Afternoon prep holds from 4.00p.m to 6.00p.m. Dinner starts shortly after and ends by 7.00pm. Night prep starts 7.00pm to 10p.m for senior school and 7.00p.m to 9.30p.m for junior school.

What is the teacher-student ratio in the school?

Teacher-students ratio is one teacher to seven students.

What is the average class size?

The average class size is 20 students per class

Do students embark on Educational Trips and Excursions?

Yes. Approved school trips are categorised as compulsory or optional. The following are classified as compulsory:

  • In Year 7, students tour some important monuments, factories and historical places in Abeokuta and environment for cross-curricular subjects
  • In Year 8, students go for French Immersion Programme to a francophone country in West Africa
  • In Year 11, students they go to sea school in Lagos for leadership training.

Optional trips include the Ambassador Leadership Programme (Year 7 -11) and Global Youth Leadership Conference (GYLC). Both are held in Washington, United States of America.

The COBIS MUN (Council of British International Schools) is rotational among the member schools of COBIS, while the African Leadership Academy Model United Nations Conference (ALAMAU) strictly for Year 11 students, is held in South Africa

How long does a lesson period last?

A lesson period is 35 minutes, but most lessons are double periods given us 70 minutes on the average.

What are the school’s promotion criteria, if any?

Student with a cumulative average of 70% including Mathematics and English are promoted without further consideration.

Promotion of students performing below 70% will need to be discussed and extenuating circumstances considered before the school takes a decision.

What is the school’s approach to student discipline and safety?

Students’ safety is paramount and is given priority attention. We have fire drills, and lock down drills termly to prime the students and our security unit in readiness for emergency situation.

How is technology used to support teaching and learning in your school?

It is used as a tool for research work, doing assignments and tests

What extracurricular opportunities are available for students?

The school has 30 clubs categorized into service club, action club and creative club. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays evening are sports days. Our students go for competitions (sporting, literal and creative arts) also.

Does the school have an anti-bullying policy?

Yes. The stance of the school is zero tolerance for bullying.

How does the school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?

There are live-in house parents who are always there with the students, teachers as mentors to support the students and class teachers who sit right there in class with them. In addition to these there is a Counselling and Students Learning Enhance Programme (SLEP) department that is in charge of students with learning and emotional challenges.

What strategies are used to teach students who are not fluent in English?

Teachers are assigned to teach them English from the scratch. Subject teachers teach and assess them using differentiated strategy.

What professional development opportunities do teachers have? In what ways do teachers collaborate?

Teachers are sent on short courses depending on the training need of the teachers. The school organizes a fortnight in-house training for teachers. Departments hold their meeting fortnightly discussing the best practices. Year group meeting for collaborating on subjects alignment is held three times in a term.

Where do students go after they graduate?

Universities and A-Level schools

Business Office

The school fees consist: Tuition fee, Boarding fee, (and for new intakes) Development levy, Cost of uniforms, Medical test, and other sundry fees covering Pocket money, Club fees, Book wrapping and Bus shuttle service which is optional.

Full fees are expected to be paid on or before resumption or at the latest within 2 weeks of resumption.

There is a 5% discount on tuition for a child that has a sibling.

Development levy is not refundable.

Uniforms can only be sown or bought from the school’s fashion houses

There is a 5% discount on the annual tuition paid.

Year 9 & Year 12 classes are terminal classes i.e. examination classes and it is the school’s policy that the annual fees be paid in 2 instalments i.e. first and second term.

Our parents make transfers and it is acceptable but we advise that such transfers be detailed to include the names of the student(s) in whose favour payment is being made.

We do not accept cheques but we take bank drafts from parents

School fees other than acceptance deposits for new admission are refundable subject to 10% administrative charge.

The school bank account are as below.

FIDELITY BANK PLC. AWOLOWO RD IKOYI, 5210004045

FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC. AWOLOWO RD IKOYI, 2005359673

FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK PLC. OYIN JOLAYEMI ST., V/I, 0131201023

UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC. FALOMO, IKOYI, 1000029406

STANBIC IBTC, 0003427405

Boarding House

The school is located in a relatively safe estate. Inside the boarding house, the child’s safety is our concern. This is why the school ensures that there’s full adult presence in the boarding house; the housemasters/mistresses residing with the students, medical personnel as well as the security operatives who functions as chaperons.

Four students in senior dorms and eight students in junior dorms

They live separately in different buildings

The school provided facilities to make students comfortable while in the school. Each hostel has recreational rooms where students are expected to relax during weekend. The rooms are fully air-conditioned, with television connected to DSTV and internet facility. Different games are also provided during weekend.

On resumption into the boarding house, new students especially those in year 7 are taken through orientation in the hostel. The housemasters/mistresses actually teach the students how to wash their clothes.

The school has two water treatment plant locate in boys hostel and girls hostel. The treatment plants supply water to different areas in the school

The students do clean their dormitories on daily basis but the cleaners go into the dorms to carry out thorough cleaning on the floor as well as the fans.

The students have access to phones in the hostels. They are allowed to make calls on Wednesdays and weekends starting on Friday to Sunday evening. Students are not allowed to bring phones to school.

Yes, the school has a guest house, but its use is limited to visiting teams and for times when non-boarding staff members are required to stay back in school. Corona Secondary School does not run a visiting weekend stay for parents.

The school employed professional cooks and catering officers for this purpose.

The school has zero tolerance for bullying. There are several punishment that could be meted depending on the gravity of the offence. Where a student is found to be bullying others, such student will be placed on a week working suspension, his/her parent will be invited to the school, a demerit card will be issued and the house were the student belongs will lose some points which will affect their number of gold medals during inter-house sports.

The school provided as much as ten lines per floor in each of the three hostels to enable parents communicate with their children

Parents can send packages through the Central office at 72 Raymond Njoku Street, SW Ikoyi or through Corona Primary schools to CSS, Agbara.

Student’s pocket money is paid into school account. The Business unit will in turn issue cheque booklets to the student three times in a term. Students are not allowed to keep or handle cash in the school.

Provisions are not allowed in the boarding house.

The school runs shuttle services for students who live in Lagos and Airport shuttle for students outside Lagos.

We have three routes, Gbagada, Victoria Island and Lekki routes.

All the students living in Lagos are eligible. The parents must fill a consent form which authorises the school to include the student’s name. Also the transportation fare must be paid along with other fees on resumption.

We also operate the Airport shuttle that carries them.

Parents are responsible for booking the flight. The flight ticket is mailed to the school.

These rarely happens, but when it does the parent pays the penalty.

The school assign both male and female teachers including a security operative to accompany the students.

The pastoral office will send bulk SMS to the parents indicating departure time, the estimated arrival time, as well as the names of the chaperon.

The mobile phone numbers of the chaperon is usually sent to the parents for easy communication.

The chaperons and the drivers will wait until the last child is handed over to his/her parent.

The school provides refreshment most especially for students leaving outside Lagos whose flights are very early or delayed.

There is students’ handbook that spells out rewards and sanctions for students’ behaviour. The reward system is to encourage good behaviour. The disciplinary committee which is made up of selected members of staff and students’ representatives’ seat on disciplinary issues.

The school encourages students to practice their religion. Sunday service is observed in the school hall while the Muslim students use the MSS prayer ground. School Prefects – Amir and Amira and the Chapel Prefects – are selected to help in coordinating the religious life of the boarding students. The school week ends on Fridays with religious activites at the class level, at which time Form Tutors coordinate. Muslim students at this time, observe Jumat.

Co-Curricular Unit

The school’s co-curricular activities comprises a broad spectrum of out-door, but highly educative programs designed to complement learning outside the formal academic programme. These include clubs activities, community service, etc.

The school has a total of thirty(30) clubs which are grouped into five categories: A, B, C, D and E. The clubs in category C prepares students for life of service, clubs in Group B encourages creativity and Group C clubs enable students to get involved in activities requiring members to make active use of their bodies (hands/legs) for physical activities that promote learning. Clubs in category D, are vocationally- oriented while category E club which is non-fee paying is designed to discover raw talents who will be future artistes, actors, actresses, dancers and comedians.

It is compulsory for all students to register for minimum of THREE clubs, one each from Category A, B, and C. The clubs in categories D and E are optional. Clubs in Category D, however, requires additional termly payment which varies from one club to another in this category.

Clubs hold their meetings alternate Wednesdays on weekly basis except clubs in Group D which meet on Saturdays.

We provide a detailed description of each club activities, objectives, programs and achievements in a booklet: A Handbook of Co-Curricular Activities to serve as an information guide to parents and students. We advise parents, however, to allow their wards to choose clubs on the basis of the child personal interest.

Changing of club membership is voluntary. However,we do encourage our students to spend at least three terms, an academic session, in a club before switching membership to another club. A student may decide not to change membership of his /her club if he/she so desires. Should a student decides to change clubs at the end of every academic session.  He /she would have been actively involved in not more than 18 different clubs from Year 7 to year 12.His/her involvement over the years in clubs activities throughout the duration of his her stay in CSS is documented and the profile of his achievement read out at graduation ceremony.

Academic achievements without a robust programme of co-curricular activities, such as we have in CSS, is not a complete education. Most of the best universities in the world who admit or award scholarship to students do not base their judgement or decision solely on the strength of students’ academic achievement, but rather on the student character and leadership as evidenced in student’s active involvement in voluntary services, community service, fund raising to promote a cause or activities geared towards assisting or alleviating the suffering of the vulnerable group.

CSS is generous in according recognition to an individual or a group of students who initiate laudable community development projects. Such students are always decorated with special service medals, pins and ties on special occasions such as PTA, Speech and Prize-Giving Day and at special assemblies, as a public acknowledgement of their exemplary character.

Yes! Parents are welcome to serve or volunteer in any capacity. We in CSS believe that parents are our valuable assets whose expertise, skills and experience in every field of human endeavour could be tapped to drive the activities of these clubs. It is also a way of getting parents involved in the education of their children. We welcome your support in any form.

For ease of supervision, monitoring and safety, the maximum number allowed per student is 50. Students are admitted into clubs on first come first served basis.

Information and communication technology

Corona Secondary School Agbara provides a filtered wireless network which students may connect to while using their devices on campus.

Providing a padded bag or protective sleeve is suggested. This will provide more protection for the day to day use of these computing devices.

Yes, there is a charging cart provided in each homeroom.

Yes, laptop storage devices are provided in each homeroom for safe keeping of the laptops.

Yes, the CSS network is a Windows based platform. Any Windows client operating system from Windows 8 will be compatible with the network. Hardware requirement includes but not limited to at least 250Gb hard disk, 4Gb RAM, Core i5 processors, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi

Yes. Students’ laptops are monitored by teachers through a monitoring software.

Yes the school maintains a learning management platform with rich learning contents available to all students.

Yes, each student will be given a unique network access credentials which will be required to access resources on the network.

Yes, students have access to a dedicated printer for IT related projects.

Medical Unit

No, except your child has medical conditions such as Asthma, your ward is allowed to self-administer of inhalers when necessary while in school. All Asthmatic students are independent in the administrations of their inhalers.

Yes, All medications are to be brought to the school clinic with doctor’s prescription.

Any child with chronic bark like cough, chicken pox, measles, diarrhea, vomiting and fever of 38 degree and above should remain at home. Students who are sent home with similar symptoms should not return to school until they are asymptomatic and certified fit to be in school by a clinician.

The child should return with comprehensive medical report stating the nature of the illness, and treatment administered.

Those designated to receive such calls are: the Principal; the Vice Principal, Pastoral; the Vice Principal, Academic; and the Head of Medical Unit.

The school clinic is managed by 5 highly qualified and experienced registered nurses, two of whom are resident supported by doctors from the retainership hospital which is about two minute drive from the school complex on the estate where the school is sited.

The medical unit will inform parents if their wards fall sick and are not responding to treatment.

Emergencies are managed based on assessment of the situation; however all that is necessary to bring the situation under control is usually harnessed.

The clinic operates 24 hours with the resident Nurses continuing care for the student after 8 pm when the clinic is closed.

School Kitchen

The times daily meals are served are as follows: Breakfast 6.00 am; Lunch 2.30 pm; and Dinner; 6.30 pm.

Yes, Bain-maries are provided at all serving points in order to make food hot.

The measures taken to serve students balanced meals is by adding fruits and vegetable to meals.

The avenues in place to facilitate feedback from students are through the administration of food survey on a termly basis and periodic food committee meeting.

The operation of the school kitchen is not contracted out; the school kitchen does all the cooking.

Meals are not prepared by a catering company; meals are prepared by the school kitchen.

Students’ preferences are taken care off by providing options e.g., options of eba/fufu/semo/poundo/amala/rice flour and for cereals: cornflakes/coco-pops/golden morn/Frosties.

Boarders are not expected to provide their own dining ware, the school makes provision for all that.

Consumables are sourced through vendors/direct purchase from the market.

The school kitchen does not provide snacks with meals but snacks are provided during night caps 9.30 pm and 10.00pm

Students allergy lists and health based dietary needs come through the school clinic to the kitchen, this the kitchen use for the affected students.

The school takes the issue of health and safety seriously in the kitchen by doing routine checks, and carrying out necessary actions immediately.

The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) processes in place are by carrying out food handlers test twice a year and receiving treatment immediately by whosoever is affected. Also sending any staff that is sick at any time for proper check-ups and treatment immediately.

Food that spills are not permitted to be served as it will not be convenient eating in the vehicle as the vehicle moves. E.g. portable drinks with straw are only allowed, food served with stew/soup are not permitted to be served as it can soil the clothes, individual food pack method is thereby used.

The records and processes available for monitoring and evaluating kitchen standards are: Kitchen audit register, standardization of menu record book, monthly food budget, L.P.O procedure, quality control measures, and regular stock taking procedure.

We provide the students with balanced diet at list one meal per day, when greens and fruits are lavishly served.

Our kitchen is provided with enough equipment to require for the number of students we have; such as vegetable processor, grilling machine, brat pan, potato peeler, combi-oven and bread toaster.

Club members are allowed to cook in the kitchen during club practices with permission by the management.

The school has provided fire drills and provision extinguishers in case of fire outbreak. Other safety measure is the orientation on fire drill to staff so as to make the knowledgeable about what to do, should such incidence occur.

Storage facilities provided are cold room, deep freezers, yam barn, fruit storage cold and dry food storage rooms.

Pest control system such as using non-poisonous tablets regularly, regular fumigation and provision of nets for blocking holes and drainage are in place to prevent rodents from infesting the kitchen.

The preventive measures which the kitchen has put in place to avoid food contamination are as follows: the provision and use of hand sanitizing spots for washing the hands before commencing the preparation of food; use of disposable nylon hand gloves during food preparation and service; and general holistic  hygiene practices such as covering of hair, cleaning the work top with salt, among others.

Students Learning Enhancement Programme

The school has student learning enhancement programme that identifies mostly weak students in different subject areas and provide consolidation and reinforcement of knowledge and competencies for all levels of learners.

The school has student learning enhancement programme that runs every day except on Sundays in different subjects to tackle the specific concept the student is finding extremely difficult using different strategies and pedagogy to make the learning experience rewarding. The programme is spread over 6 days in a week from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Central West African Time.

The structured subject areas covered are the core subjects:

For Junior School: English, Mathematics, Basic Science and Basic Technology.

For Senior School: English, Mathematics Economics, Physics and Chemistry.

Furthermore, students identified as underachieving in any other subjects are assigned to teachers for assistance in learning the challenging concept(s).

The school has an app that connects parent to see the progress of work at specific time of the term. The student receives mid-term and end of term report which shows the academic performance during the school periods

Mentoring is a programme that is valued by the school, the child is assessed during the orientation programme and assigned to a teacher mentor and a student mentor on the resumption day. The teacher mentor guides the student constructively to settle into the school system providing academic, behavioural, leadership support and career guidance while the student mentor guides and support the students in the boarding house system and academic areas. The teacher mentor is expected to meet with the mentor once a week for a structured conversation.

The school has in place the Character and Value Education that develops social, moral and ethical values in our students. It checks the character of our students and help them develop and exhibit acceptable values such as responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, citizenship, integrity.

Counseling offers a safe, confidential place to talk about one’s life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows one to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help in improving situations.

Counseling helps in providing an opportunity to share your feelings and think things through; to identify your strengths; to develop new skills for dealing with life changes and challenges; and for personal, academical and career exploration.

A counselor will be there to listen to you as you discuss your difficulty and provide support and advice.

All kinds of issues ranging from relationships, adjustment to secondary school life, academic concerns, emotional issues, behavioural issues, career decision, domestic violence, sexuality to grief or loss and a host of others.

Sports Unit

Corona Secondary School provides necessary supports for both intramural and extramural competition.

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Trips and Excursions

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Security Unit

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