Academic life: ambition, collaboration, perseverance and reflection 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)

All subjects are now timetabled as discrete lessons and are taught by specialist teachers.  Pupils are given the opportunity to achieve in a variety of disciplines and to acquire skills and knowledge which will provide the basis for future learning: specifically for GCSE courses. Pupils are taught in ability sets in English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and Humanities.  Subjects taken in Year 7 are English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Spanish, Art, Music, Drama, PE and Games, ICT, DT, PSHE.  In Year 8 French is introduced; all pupils study two modern languages (French and Spanish). Subjects studied in Year 8 continue through to the end of KS3 (Year 9). Heads of Year or Tutors meet with each pupil once a week to monitor progress in all aspects of school life and to set learning objectives for academic work.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

All pupils study a core of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined or Separate Science (resulting in two or three GCSE’s respectively). We advise that pupils then select at least one Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish) together with three further options from  the following subjects: French, Spanish, History, Geography, Philosophy & Religion, Art & Design (Art, Photography or Textiles), Drama, Music, Business Studies, Physical Education,  Design Technology and ICT.  Most pupils will be entered for nine GCSEs.  All pupils also follow a course of study in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and have one lesson of PE together with a Games afternoon each week.  

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Below is the GCSE Course Guide. Please click on the link to download.

GCSE Courses Guide 2017-19.pdf 739KB GCSE Course Guide 2017-19

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