Content

The curriculum content includes:

As an academy, take note of and broadly apply the National Curriculum in key stage 3 and 4;

  • In key stages 3 and 4 all students will follow a program of citizenship, religious education (RE) and sex and relationship education. A GCSE Qualification is available in RE, though this is not compulsory.
  • Other cross-curricular aspects such as financial capability, and enterprise education;
  • A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities are provided outside school hours.

Inclusion

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. 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.

  • Key Stage 3

Students all follow the same curriculum of English, maths, biology, physics, chemistry (taught as coordinated science in year 7 only), PE, RE, geography, history, technology disciplines, Spanish or French, drama, music, art and computer science.

  • Key Stage 4

Midway through year 9, students choose their GCSE optional subjects to complement the compulsory subjects of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, A Modern Foreign Language, 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 middle sets GCSE Further Mathematics.

  • Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5  students follow an exclusively A level program of study with students opting to take 3 or 4 A level subjects. Students choose from approximately 30 subjects and a current list can be found in the sixth form prospectus on the school website.

In addition, students can 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, music and drama, peer mentoring, work experience, Oxbridge and Russell group programs and a very popular House competition.