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The Curriculum
The programme includes all the requirements of the National Curriculum and additional learning opportunities to engage pupils in the pursuit of scholarship. Through its design, the curriculum seeks to equip pupils with the intellectual, physical and emotional means for life beyond the School.
Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are placed into four forms of mixed ability. All pupils follow the same extensive programme of study in Mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Latin, French, German, Art, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Religious Studies, Physics, PSHCE and Physical Education; thereby, going far beyond the statutory National Curriculum. Details of the content of the KS3 courses can be found on the individual subject pages.

Key Stage 4

Classes are set by ability in mathematics but are mixed ability everywhere else. All pupils follow a compulsory programme of GCSEs in Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each year some pupils take GCSE Further Mathematics in addition to the standard course and a small number are entered for Core and Additional Science rather than the separate sciences.

All pupils choose further GCSE options from a list. The School is currently transitioning to a new curriculum structure; therefore, pupils entering

• Year 9 in September 2019, will follow ten GCSE courses over three years by selecting four optional subjects, which must include a language (French, German or Latin) and a humanities (Geography or History).
• Year 10 in September 2019, will follow nine GCSE courses over two years by selecting three optional subjects. There is no compulsion to take a language or a humanities subject though depending on the pupil’s career aspirations, there may be a strong argument for doing so.
• Year 11 in September 2019, will continue into the second and final year of their nine GCSE programme.

The range of optional GCSE courses on offer varies each year. Typically, pupils select from a list that includes Art and Design, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Food & Nutrition, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education and Religious Studies. Details of the content of the KS4 courses can be found on the individual subject pages.

If an insufficient number of pupils choose a subject for it to be viable, the School may decide to withdraw the course; if too many pupils apply for a course, the over-subscription criteria will be made clear to those affected. Due to timetabling restrictions, not all subject combinations are possible.

In 2019-20, KS4 pupils will follow compulsory non-examined courses from a list including Art, Careers, Computing, Geography, History, Music, PSHCE, Physical Education and Religious Education.

External examinations are taken at the end of Year 11.

Support sessions are provided by subject areas in addition to lessons. A list of these sessions can be found here GCSE Support Sessions 2019-20.

You can find more information on the GCSE subjects available by downloading our GCSE Options Booklet below. Students currently in Years 8 and 9 can make their choices on the Options Form.

For further details on individual subject areas please refer to the relevant subject pages.

Year 8 Options Booklet
Year 8 Options Form
Year 9 Options Booklet
Year 9 Options Form