Senior School

Senior School

Outline of the Senior School Curriculum

A broad, academically challenging education awaits pupils between the ages of 11 and 18.

Years 7, 8 and 9 (or 3rd, 4th and Lower 5th)

The emphasis of the curriculum in these three years is to ensure that pupils with a diverse range of educational backgrounds and abilities are given an equal chance to sample the full range of subject options prior to taking GCSE options. Pupils have the opportunity to study English, Mathematics, French, German and Spanish, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electronics, History, Geography, Latin, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Religious Studies, Computer Science, Music, Physical Education and Games.

Years 10 and 11 (or Middle 5th and Upper 5th)

The process of choosing GCSE options starts at Christmas in Year 9 and every effort is made to ensure that parents and pupils are given clear and individual advice. The 2019 GCSE Options booklet can be read as a PDF download or using page turning software.

Core: Mathematics, English (Language and Literature), Modern Foreign Language, Science (Dual or Triple Award) and Religious Education (non-examination)

Optional: Choice of 3 subjects from: Art, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Religious Studies and further Modern Foreign Languages.

Years 12 and 13 (or Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth)

In the Lower Sixth all pupils will study four main A level subjects from: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Design Technology, Economics, Electronics, English Language, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, German, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish and Theatre Studies. The 2019 Sixth Form Options booklet can be read as a PDF download or using page turning software.

In addition, Lower Sixth Formers also take part in the Futures Programme, which is designed to prepare pupils for University, Careers and Employability. Most of the activities on offer as part of the programme are entirely optional, allowing pupils to plot their own path and pick the activities that will be most beneficial to them. Pupils can also work towards achieving an AS Level in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in this slot.

In the Upper Sixth pupils choose to continue with their study of either 3 or 4 subjects which they started in the Lower Sixth.