Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

LOWER SCHOOL

The curriculum in the Lower School aims to provide breadth, balance and variety of activity, with the requirement to opt for one subject against another being delayed until the Third Year and even then kept to a minimum. All pupils follow a common curriculum in the first two years, as outlined below, with figures representing the number of 50-minute periods per two weeks allocated to a subject.

First Year

 

English

6

Geography

4

IT & Computing

2

Mathematics

6

Religious Studies

3

Physical Education

2

Junior Science

6

Art

3

Games

4

Modern Language 1

5

Drama

1

Extended Study

4

Latin

3

Design Technology

3

Tutorial period

1

History

4

Music

3

 

Notes

Pupils choose one of French or German or Spanish as their first modern foreign language.

Friday afternoons are devoted to the Extended Study Programme, comprising six different units over the school year.

Second Year

 

English

6

History

4

Music

3

Mathematics

6

Geography

4

IT & Computing

2

Junior Science

7

Religious Studies

3

Physical Education

2

Modern Language 1

4

Art

3

Games

4

Modern Language 2

4

Drama

1

Latin

4

Design Technology

3

 

Third Year

 

English

6

Modern Language 1

4

Creative subject 1

3

Mathematics

6

MFL2 / Greek / Latin / Italian

6

CR2 / Latin

3

Physics

5

History

4

Physical Education

2

Chemistry

5

Geography

4

Games

4

Biology

5

Religious Studies

3



Notes

MFL2 indicates Modern Language 2, CR2 indicates Creative subject 2.

Pupils study Biology, Physics and Chemistry separately, with 5 periods devoted to each science.

Pupils start a two-year course leading to Religious Studies short course GCSE at the end of the Fourth Year.

The creative subjects are chosen from Art, Music, Design Technology and Theatre Studies.

UPPER SCHOOL

In the Upper School the core is reduced and pupils choose three options of 6 periods per two weeks each to complete their timetable. Within the 15 periods per cycle for the sciences all students take Biology, Chemistry & Physics as separate GCSEs. Pupils intending to take only one modern foreign language at GCSE, and who have studied a second modern language in both Second and Third Years, may choose which of those two languages to study as their core language in the Upper School.

Fourth Year

English

6

Physics

5

Religious Studies

3

Mathematics

6

Chemistry

5

Physical Education

2

Modern Language 1

6

Biology

5

Games

4

plus 3 of

History*, Geography*, Economics*, Philosophy & Ethics*, Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation, Modern Language 2 (French, German, Spanish, or Italian), Computing, Sports Science, Art, Music, Design Technology, Theatre Studies.

* - All pupils must take at least one humanities subject.

Fifth Year

As the Fourth Year curriculum, except that the 3 periods allocated to Religious Studies now provide students with 3 periods of Private Study, one of which will be used for study skills or PSHE. Additional Mathematics is taken as an extra examination by a proportion of the year group (usually two sets).

SIXTH FORM

Students study four subjects the Lower Sixth, and three or four subjects to full Advanced level in the Upper Sixth. Currently AS examinations are only sat in the Lower Sixth in Mathematics, Design & Technology, Music Technology, and Classical Civilisation.  As of September 2017 no subjects will follow the old AS level specifications.The Foundation Studies programme is followed by all in the Lower Sixth. Upper Sixth students taking three subjects may take the Extended Project or follow Foundation Studies courses. In addition, all have Open Forum and 4 periods of Games in both Lower and Upper Sixth. Full details are provided in the Sixth Form Curriculum Guide.

REPORTING

Parents receive two formal written reports during the course of the year and a parents’ evening provides an opportunity to discuss academic progress with teachers. Attainment and effort grades are provided in all three terms. Parents are invited to contact the Tutor in the first instance if they wish to raise any matter relating to their child’s school work or to arrange an individual meeting.