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 five GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Sciences (two GCSEs) or Separate Sciences (three GCSEs) (students wishing to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects should select Separate Sciences as one of their options. 

Students normally select a further four subjects from the following list:

  • Art, Craft & Design 
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • History  
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Textile Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Separate Sciences (as detailed above)

As one of their choices, students are strongly advised to select a Modern Foreign Language. Students will also participate in a weekly Games afternoon, a Physical Education (PE) lesson and a fortnightly Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) lesson as part of their core timetable. 

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