In Years 10 and 11, the curriculum provides a diverse range of subjects, wide enough to satisfy both universities and future employers.
Most students study nine (I)GCSEs. The compulsory core curriculum comprises:
- English Language (in English and Mathematics, students are set according to ability).
- English Literature
- One Science (minimum)
In addition to the compulsory subjects, students can choose six subjects from an options list and they are encouraged to take a modern foreign language, a humanities subject and a creative arts option to achieve a balanced curriculum.
For a Full list of all GCSE Options – please refer to the GCSE Options booklet below.
The option blocks in the timetable are designed to allow the maximum number to study their first choice options. We do have provision for students to take fewer than nine (I)GCSEs but generally this is by exception and when identified through our Learning Support team and based on their specific educational needs. Learning support periods are provided for these students. As happens in the lower school, personal tutors provide support for the academic programme, which is planned and co-ordinated by Year Heads.
EAL students are provided with a separate EAL set leading to GCSE English. Additionally all students follow a compulsory PSHE and PE programme.