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Departments/Academic Curriculum

 

The Lower School

The aim of the Lower School is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on prior learning where possible and gives pupils from a wide variety of educational backgrounds a sound basis for GCSE study. All pupils have lessons in: 

 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Two Modern Foreign Languages (chosen from French, German, Spanish or Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • History
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Religious Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • PE
  • Trivium
  • Wellbeing

 

In the Lower Forth (Year 8) pupils also have the option of continuing Latin or taking a course in Classical Civilisation.

Setting is generally mixed ability with the exception of Mathematics and Languages.

 

 

Middle Fourth (Year 9)

 

The aim of the first year of the Senior School (the Middle Fourth) is to continue the broad, balanced curriculum. All pupils have lessons in:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • One Modern Foreign Language (chosen from French, German, Spanish or Mandarin; for some pupils one Modern Foreign Language may be replaced by International English) 
  • History
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Religious Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • PE
  • Personal Social Health Education (including Careers, Citizenship and Study Skills)

Pupils also have the option of studying a second Modern Foreign Language, Latin, or an additional creative arts subject (Design & Technology, Art or Music).

Setting continues to be generally mixed ability with the exception of Mathematics and Languages.

 

GCSE and IGCSE (Years 10 and 11)

Most pupils study 10 GCSE or IGCSE subjects. All pupils have lessons in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • One Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Mandarin or Spanish)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology 
  • 'Skills for Life' consisting of modules in PSD, PE and Religious Education.

 

The core subjects (Mathematics, English, Science and Modern Foreign Languages) are set according to ability. In English a small set is created for those pupils requiring greater support with literacy skills.

In addition to the above, pupils select three subjects from:

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Religious Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Music.

 

These optional subjects are taught in mixed ability groupings.

 

The Sixth Form

Students in the Sixth Form study three principal A-level subjects and an additional subject from the core curriculum.

A-levels are offered in:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Economics
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Politics & Government
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Studies

 

The Pre-U is offered in Mandarin and English.

In addition to their three principal A-level options, students opt to follow a course from the Core Curriculum. The options here are Core Mathematics, AP English, Extended Project, Pre-U Global Perspectives & Research, Young Enterprise, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.

For exceptional students a fourth A-level (often Further Mathematics) can be taken in place of the core curriculum.