Year 9 is when the Senior School starts, and where preparations for GCSEs begin. But these important years are about more than exams. With our vast co-curricular programme there are numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills, explore new experiences, and discover untapped talents.
What are the compulsory GCSE subjects?
The vast majority of pupils entering Year 10 will take ten GCSE/IGCSE subjects. Seven are compulsory, the remaining three are optional. The compulsory subjects are:
For the vast majority, this will lead to IGCSE in both English Language and English Literature.
Modern or classical language
You must choose one language from:
- Mandarin Chinese
- Classical Civilisation
Aspiring linguists can take an additional language as an optional subject. This would be either French, Spanish or Latin.
Pupils who study English as an Additional Language will take this as their Modern Language. They may take French, Spanish or Latin as their optional subject.
All sets will sit IGCSE in Year 11. Depending on progress, pupils in the top set(s) may sit Further Mathematics as an additional IGCSE.
All pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as single sciences. All pupils take Biology, Chemistry and Physics IGCSE. The Science departments regularly review courses to ensure that they are suited to pupils’ abilities and may choose to introduce Dual or Single Science IGCSE for selected pupils.
What are the optional GCSE subjects?
Pupils will need to choose three options from the list below. All optional subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.
- Computer Science
- Design & Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
Pupils who study English as an Additional Language will take this as their compulsory Modern Language. They may take French, Spanish or Latin as their optional subject.
When do these choices have to be made?
Pupils and parents are invited to attend a GCSE Choices Information Evening in early March of Year 9. Choices are then made by 24 March.
Your tutors and academic staff will be happy to talk you through the various options. They can help to ensure that you are making the best choices with consideration for any thoughts you have regarding your A-levels or – for those who are thinking that far in advance – higher education and careers.