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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3: 11 to 14 years

In the first year of the Senior School, we introduce students to a broad and stimulating programme:  the curriculum comprises English, Mathematics, Science, IT, French, German, Geography, History, Religious Education, Art, Music, Design & Technology, Physical Education, Games, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Chapel.  GCSE Dance is available to students from Year 8 upwards.  Many students further enrich their studies with extra-curricular Music and Speech & Drama lessons.  A full programme of sports practices and fixtures also enhances the Games programme.

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The curriculum in Year 8 is similar but with Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught separately by highly qualified specialist staff.

This arrangement continues in Year 9 when pupils are also introduced to Drama, although there are many opportunities prior to Year 9 for boys and girls to perform in school plays and Musicals.

Key Stage 4: 14 to 16 years

Click here to see the full Key Stage 4 Curriculum Booklet

Most students take nine and a half GCSE subjects, laying a firm foundation for the pursuit of any careers beyond school, with choices for Sixth Form study a particular focus in Year 11. The core curriculum covers English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Core and Additional Science, Religious Education (short course), Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Chapel.  Pupils choose four further subjects from Art, Art (Textiles), Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, German, Graphic Products, History, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education (full course).  Latin is offered as a Gifted and Talented subject in Year 10.  The three sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) can also be taken as separate GCSEs.

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Senior school lesson