“The curriculum is carefully mapped to ensure that it is broad and balanced. It offers a wide range of subjects suitable for the age and ability of pupils, and fulfils the school’s aims.”
ISI Inspection Report 2016
We achieve excellent exam results by having high expectations; students are expected to work hard and teachers are expected to teach in a way that will motivate them.
The separate specialist facilities for Physics, Chemistry and Biology ensure that each subject is clearly defined from an early stage. Latin is studied in Years 5 and 6 and continued as an option from Year 7 (students can also choose between Spanish and German as an additional language). In Year 7, Maths and French are set according to previous experience and future potential.
During Year 9 there is a carefully structured programme of meetings for parents, and individual tutorials for pupils, which are designed to introduce the GCSE curriculum and assist with option choices. Generally everyone will take 7 core GCSEs – Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, dual Science, Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language - plus three optional subjects.
In the Sixth Form students are expected to take A Levels in four subjects in the first year. Students can also undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which helps to improve independent research and presentation skills. Everyone takes a course which covers topics such as careers and personal, social and health education.