GCSE Courses

The curriculum is designed to allow breadth and balance, as well as a degree of specialism, and we offer structured subject choice programmes prior to GCSE.


Fifth Forms (Years 10 and 11)


Pupils study a number of GCSE subjects according to aptitude and needs. However, in general, pupils take the following compulsory core GCSE courses: English and English Literature; Mathematics; Core and Additional Sciences or the three Separate Sciences; a choice of at least one language (French or Spanish). Pupils also select to study up to a further three or four optional subjects from: Art; Design and Technology; Drama; Geography; History; Latin; Languages; Music; Physical Education; Religious Studies. Pupils are set according to ability for: English; Mathematics; Science; Languages.


In Mathematics, high ability pupils take IGCSE early in the Lower Fifth (Year 10) so that they can study Additional Mathematics in the Upper Fifth (Year 11). IGCSE Science and English are also offered.


Every week pupils also experience one period of PSHCE covering topics such as relationships, assertiveness, health, government and finance, together with one period of Physical Education. All pupils also participate in sessions on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PELTS) which covers study skills, self assessment, organisation, planning and revision.

Pupils also experience Chaplaincy covering topics such as religion, spirituality, morals and philosophy. There are two double Games periods each week and an extensive study skills programme. In addition, we offer a comprehensive activities programme which runs at the end of each weekday and at weekends.


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