To provide a body of knowledge and skills and attitudes relevant to the particular range of ability within the school and to develop the capacity for using these in further education, work, leisure and social interaction in future life.
Implicit within these general aims is the following:
The curriculum shall offer the following areas of experience:
Within these areas of experience pupils will be encouraged to adopt the following values and attitudes:
The curriculum shall include:
The curriculum and delivery should be flexible to respond to individual needs and to build on prior learning. Within the realms of the selective system, the Governing Body is committed to ensuring equality of access and that all are included and motivated by their learning experiences.
Breadth and balance
The Governing Body is committed to the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum that fosters learning across all areas and which values personal, social, spiritual and cultural development as well as intellectual and academic development. The coloured chart below shows the curriculum model for each year group taught over a two weekly cycle of five 60 minute lessons each day. A “Skills” program is delivered by form teachers and guest speakers to all students, covering citizenship, religious education (RE), sex and relationship education and careers.
Please see the table of subjects below, which are studied by all students in years 7, 8 & 9.
Midway through year 9, students choose their GCSE optional subjects to complement the compulsory subjects of English, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, A Modern Foreign Language, a Technology subject or Computer Science, Core RE, Core PE. A list of current option subjects is available in the GCSE Options booklet on the school website.
In addition to the above, as part of the mathematics curriculum, the top set undertake FSMQ Additional Mathematics and the second set GCSE Further Mathematics.
Post 16, students follow an exclusively AS and A2 program of study with students opting to take 3, 4 or 5 A2 qualifications and frequently a complementary AS qualification. Students choose from approximately 30 subjects and a current list can be found in the sixth form prospectus on the school website.
In addition, all students undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
An enrichment program includes electives such as: community service, sports leaders awards, debating, Duke of Edinburgh scheme, film club, individual and team sports, mock law trials, music and drama, peer mentoring, work experience Oxbridge and Russell group programs and a very popular House competition
Further details of subject course specifications and assessment practices can be found in the Departments section.