The Senior School maintains the ethos, established in the Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory Schools, of enabling all pupils to achieve their full potential.
An important element in our teaching philosophy is to understand the link between academic rigour and the value of good character. The academic programme ensures that pupils attain the highest qualifications of which they are capable for entry into university or college. Laptops are used to support our teaching programmes and pupil learning.
The core curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 is set out for all pupils and most subjects are studied until the end of Year 9 as displayed in the Curriculum Schedule (below).
Year 10 and 11 pupils study towards their GCSE examinations. Typically they study six compulsory subjects (English language and literature, mathematics, combined science and RS) and four optional subjects. The curriculum can be extended or reduced to suit the educational needs of the pupil. The GCSE curriculum booklet is given to all families at the GCSE evening held during Year 9 and contains a full description of all courses, examination boards and assessment details. We offer a wide range of subjects to suit all pupils but recommend a balance that will usually include a language and a humanities subject. GCSE examination boards vary from subject to subject and are chosen with care by Heads of Department.
Lower and Upper Sixth students (Years 12 and 13) typically study four A level courses from the wide selection available. Our A level curriculum booklet contains full details of all courses and is available for Year 11 pupils at the Sixth Form Open Evening held in September/October. A wide range of subjects is available and students are encouraged to plan carefully for their higher education future when deciding upon their A level course of study.
The A level programme serves us well and, through their A level success, students achieve university places of their choice including Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. In addition to their A level studies, all Sixth Form students attend weekly PSHEE (Personal Social Health and Economic Education) and careers lessons.
Further specialism can be pursued through extension papers in some subjects or by offering an extended project on a subject of their own choice.