Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 (the Senior School) are an important time for all pupils at Epsom. A number of young people will join our community from local Prep Schools, while others will move up from our Lower School.

The College has put in place a unique programme dedicated to the social and educational welfare of students entering the College.

Award-winning transition programme.

External links with Prep Schools and local Primary Schools provide pupils and their families with many opportunities to visit the College, to attend events tailored to special interest groups, and to learn more about life at Epsom.

There is a comprehensive internal induction programme in place for all new students, which has been developed to provide each child with as broad an experience of school life at the College as possible.

Pastorally, the main difference between our Lower School and the Senior School is that all pupils join one of our Houses in Year 9. Academically, the Senior School focuses minds on the GCSE and IGCSE examinations.

Learn more about the House system at Epsom

Subjects studied in Year 9.

The aim of Year 9 is to continue the broad, balanced curriculum. All pupils have lessons in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • One Modern Language (chosen from French, German, Spanish or Mandarin; for some pupils, International English may replace one Modern Foreign Language)
  • 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).

With the exception of Maths and Languages, setting continues to be mixed ability.

Find out more about the subjects offered

GCSE choices.

Pupils must make their GCSE choices toward the end of Year 9.

Subject teachers, tutors and Housemasters and Housemistresses will, of course, guide pupils through this process. But more information can be found at the link below, for those who wish to get a headstart.

Information on your GCSE choices