Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

LOWER SCHOOL

The curriculum in the Lower School aims to provide breadth, balance and variety of activity. All pupils follow a common curriculum in the First Year, as outlined below, with figures representing the number of 50-minute periods per two weeks allocated to a subject.

First Year

English

6

Geography

3

IT & Computing

3

Mathematics

6

Religious Studies

3

Physical Education

2

Junior Science

6

Art

3

Games

4

Modern Language 1

5

Drama

2

Extended Study

4

Latin

3

Design Technology

3

Tutorial period

1

History

3

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

 In the Second Year pupils begin studying a second Modern Language.  They also opt to either continue with Latin or move to Classical Civilisation.

English

6

History

4

Music

3

Mathematics

6

Geography

4

IT & Computing

2

Junior Science

6

Religious Studies

3

Physical Education

2

Modern Language 1

4

Art

3

Games

4

Modern Language 2

4

Drama

2



Latin or Classical Civilisation

4

Design Technology

3



 Third Year

 In the Third Year pupils can switch their second Modern Language to Italian or Latin.  They also opt for three subjects from: Art; DT; Theatre Studies; Music; Latin; Classical Civilisation; and Computing.

English

6

Modern Language 1

4

Option subject 1

3

Mathematics

6

MFL2 / Latin / Italian

6

Option subject 2

3

Physics

4

History

4

Option subject 3

3

Chemistry

4

Geography

4

Physical Education

2

Biology

4

Religious Studies

3

Games 4

Notes

MFL2 indicates Modern Language 2.

Pupils study Biology, Physics and Chemistry separately, with 4 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.

Plus three from Art*, Music*, Design Technology*, Theatre Studies*, Computing, Classical Civilisation, Latin.  *At least one option must be a creative subject.

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. All students take Biology, Chemistry & Physics as separate GCSEs.

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 (plus the HPQ)*, Latin, 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 a sixth period in each of the three sciences. 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 A level in the Upper Sixth.  No subjects will sit AS level examinations.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 four 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.