Curriculum

In a nurturing environment, inspired by dedicated teachers, our A Level students fulfil their potential.

Individual paths

Our curriculum nurtures individual interests, with scope to accommodate every student's combination of subjects, however focused or diverse.

Across all subjects, our approach instils a love of learnind, as well as developing broader HPL skills and attitudes to prepare students for university study and life.

Balance and breadth

We value a balanced, holistic curriculum, that connects subjects in a way that reflects 'real-life'. Students usually select three subjects from our broad range of options.

This balance is reflected in our academic results, which are strong across the spectrum, from Humanities and Languages, to the Creative and Performing Arts and STEM subjects.

Our curriculum also includes an Extended Project Qualification and our Philosophy, Ethics and Religion course, which develop skills highly-valued by universitites.

A Level options

Most students select three subjects, which may be suppliemented by the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

The following subjects are currently offered:

  • Art and Design (aspects of Photography can be selected)
  • Art and Design: Textiles
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Theatre Studies 
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • Greek
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics 
  • Further Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology 
  • Spanish
  • Theology

In addition, we also offer the opportunity to broaden linguistic abilities through beginners’ GCSE courses in French, German and Spanish.

All Sixth Form students participate in general studies to enrich their learning experience, and to develop new academic interests free from the pressure of examinations.

If you would like to look at the courses we offer in more detail and learn what is included in each subject course - you can read our A-Level Course Information Booklet.

Learning support

We are an inclusive Sixth Form, with a focus on supporting the individual, whatever her strengths and areas for development. In all cases, student progress is monitored carefully and communicated clearly and regularly to parents.

Our Learning Support department also offers guidance to subject teachers and tutors enabling them to better meet a range of individual needs. During study periods, students can access additional learning support.

Homework

Homework reinforces and consolidates the day’s learning. It also plays an important role in students being intellectually challenged, by providing an opportunity to delve deeper into a topic and to develop the skills of unsupported study and independent learning.

When homework is set, teachers ensure it is engaging and enjoyable. A Level students are encouraged to develop their own learning outside of school hours as they are with in the school day. Our teachers are available before and after school, or at morning break and lunchtime, to answer queries and support the girls in their work.