In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Information Technology, Religious Education, Personal and Social Education and Physical Education/Games. Students are also taught Drama in Year 7. French is the first modern foreign language taught, studied by all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and a choice between Spanish and German is offered as a second foreign language to be studied from Year 8.
In Years 10 and 11, all students are entered for 10 GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, ICT, a modern foreign language, and two options from the following: Art, Business Studies, Design Technology, Economics, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, and a second modern foreign language. In addition, GCSE short courses are taken by all students in Design Technology and Religious Studies.
In the Sixth Form, all students follow a 3 or 4 GCE AS level course in Year 12 and A2 course in Year 13. Specialisation or breadth of experience is possible through a flexible options system. Courses available are Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, Economics, Electronics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Information and Communication Technology, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Religious Studies and Philosophy. Personal and Social Education, General Studies, Critical Thinking, Physical Education and Games are also included as part of the sixth form curriculum.
Homework: A pre-requisite for academic success is the establishment of good study habits and the regular allocation of time at home spent on additional work. In general it is expected that pupils will spend the following amounts of time on independent study per week: Years 7 to 9 – between 5 and 7 hours, Years 10 and 11 – between 9 and 12 hours, Years 12 and 13 – between 15 and 20 hours.