All pupils follow a broad, balanced curriculum for the first three years. Pupils are taught in mixed ability classes in Year 7.
Year 7 Courses studied: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Technology, Art, Physical Education, ICT, Music and PHSCE.
From year 8, classes are set in subjects where it is considered appropriate. Heads of Department and subject teachers review these sets termly and pupils may be moved from one set to another. This causes few problems, as generally pupil sets follow the same curriculum. Pupils who need special support, because of learning difficulties, are catered for under a policy of special provision which ranges across the whole curriculum. Gifted children are taught in normal classes.
Pupils in Years 8 and 9 with an aptitude for languages study German as well as French.
The Upper School Curriculum is detailed in a booklet made available to all pupils and their parents during year 9 of their secondary education. This booklet includes details of further education routes and careers.
Towards the end of year 9, with teacher guidance and counselling and in consultation with parents, pupils make a choice of subjects which they will take in years 10 and 11. They will then be entered for the General Certificate of Secondary Education, where the differential assessment factor caters for almost the whole ability range.
Public Examinations : Examinations in the General Certificate of Secondary Education are administered by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) and continuous and careful assessment throughout KS4 ensures that pupils are entered at the appropriate tier in each examination. It is our aim that pupils have the opportunity for a broad and balanced examination entry.
The following subjects are available in GCSE: - English Language, English Literature, Art, Religious Education, Child Development, Mathematics, Design Technology, French, German, Physical Education, Resistant Materials, History, Graphic Products, Music, Food Technology, Co-ordinated Science (Dual Award), ICT and Geography.