Our curriculum

We offer a rich, varied curriculum that allows young people to connect subjects as they become creative, critical thinkers.

Our curriculum

Our holistic, integrated curriculum allows students to explore how subjects connect and interact in the real world.

A balanced, broad curriculum, provides students a myriad of opportunities to engage in the Arts and Languages, STEM subjects, the Humanities and Sport. This balance is reflected in strong academic results across all academic and creative subjects.

Our teachers are passionate about their subjects and often work collaboratively to deliver cross-curricular learning experiences that reflect 'real life'.

Our curriculum is split into a pre-GCSE curriculum (ages 11 to 14 / Years 7 to 9), and the GCSE curriculum (ages 14 to 16 / Years 10 and 11).

Pre-GCSE curriculum

Students in Year 7 to Year 9 study a broad curriculum, including a combination of the following subjects:

  • English Language and Literature or EAL
  • Arts subjects: Art and Design, Textiles, Drama and Music
  • Humanities subjects: History, Geography, Religious Studies (Christianity & World Religions) and Classical Civilisation
  • Modern and Ancient Languages: French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Latin and Classical Greek
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Technology subjects: Food Preparation and Nutrition, and IT, including Computer Science
  • Games and Physical Education (PE)
  • PSHE: Personal, Social and Health Education

GCSE curriculum

Students in Year 10 and 11 follow our GCSE curriculum. In addition to studying the compulsory subjects of English Language and Literature or EAL, Mathematics, Sciences (Separate Sciences route, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, three iGCSEs, or Science Double Award route, two IGCSEs), and Religious Studies, most students choose to study four to six additional subjects:

  • Arts subjects: Art and Design (with endorsed Photography), Drama and Music
  • Humanities subjects: History, Geography and Classical Civilisation
  • Modern and Ancient Languages: French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Latin and Classical Greek
  • Games and Physical Education (PE)
  • Technology subjects: Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition, and IT, including Computer Science
  • Additional Mathematics

At all levels, students also benefit from a range of PSHE sessions, English Language Support and Learning Support, according to their individual requirements.

Alongside these subjects, the students continue to meet regularly with their Form Tutors who provide academic guidance and pastoral support, which is a central part of our education.

 

Learning support

We are an inclusive school which focuses on supporting the individual, whatever her strengths and areas for development. Girls may be supported in-class by dedicated Learning Support Assistants or withdrawn from lessons in order to be provided individual or small group support. In all cases, the girls’ progress will be monitored carefully and communicated clearly and regularly to their parents. The Learning Support department also offers guidance to our subject teachers and tutors enabling them to better meet a range of individual needs in mainstream lessons.

Homework

Homework provides an opportunity to reinforce and consolidate the day’s learning as well as playing an important role in students being intellectually challenged by providing an opportunity for girls to develop a deeper subject understanding and to practise the skills of unsupported study and independent learning. Our teachers set homework that is engaging and enjoyable; they are available before and after school, or at morning break and lunchtime, to answer queries and support the girls in their work.

Timetables for homework are provided in advance so that students and their parents are aware of how much time should be set aside for study beyond the school day. The schedule provides assurance that the girls are not overloaded with work; they are able to effectively manage the workload simply by adhering to the schedule since they are encouraged to work only for as long as specified.