Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

Curriculum

SubjectsThe curriculum is broad and balanced with a genuine focus on making learning enjoyable, rewarding and challenging. Lessons are well taught by experienced staff using modern facilities.

The heart of the Main School curriculum is the study of a core of four subjects – English, Mathematics Science and a Modern Language (French from Year 7, German is added as a second language in Year 8) – with additionally Art, Drama, DT, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PE, Religious Studies and Games. Latin and Greek are available as an additional lunchtime or early evening class from Year 7. Setting is introduced from Year 8 onward in certain subjects. A programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education runs through Junior School to Year 11.

The breadth of the curriculum enables pupils of Year 9 to make an informed choice of subjects when starting GCSE Courses in Year 10. The core subjects at GCSE are English, English Literature, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language and Science. Science is awarded as two or three GCSEs for which pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately. They will select two or three of the non-core subjects and the number will depend on whether they opt for two or three Sciences. Business Studies and Sports Science is added to the list of non-core subjects. These subjects are examined at the end of Year 11. GCSE Music, Drama and Latin can also be taken as Twilight sessions.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7 – 9)

 

Ancient Greek
ICT
Art
Latin (optional)
Design Technology
Library Skills
Drama
Mathematics
English
Music
French
PSCHE
Geography
Religious Studies
German (from Year 8)
Science
History
Physical Education and Games
Information Technology (from Year 8)

The curriculum is flexible and can be adapted according to individual needs. For example, for some pupils, extra classes aimed at supporting basic English or Maths skills may replace Modern Foreign Language.

Key Stage 4/ GCSE Curriculum (Years 10 – 11)

 

All pupils continue to study English Literature and English Language, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language, Science with Additional Science or Triple. Beyond this core curriculum, pupils choose two or three additional subjects from the list below:

Art
History
Business Studies
ICT
Design & Technology
Latin (twilight)
Drama
Music
French
Photography
Geography
Religious Studies
German
Sports Science
Greek (twilight)
Systems

 

Latin and Greek are only available as an extension subject and are taught outside of timetabled hours. It is possible to study Drama, ICT or Music as twilights subjects also.

We try to accommodate all subject combinations in order to give pupils maximum choice.

In addition all pupils in Years 10 – 11 have one Games afternoon each week and follow a programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSCHE).

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