Lower senior school comprises forms one to three, culminating in the GCSE Options selection process. There is then a natural progression into year 10 & 11 of the upper senior school to study and attain 10 & 11 GCSE’s across a broad range of subjects.
We offer pupils at this Key Stage a wide range of opportunities for teaching and learning. We follow the National Curriculum subject guidelines for learning at this Key Stage, but are determined to offer teachers freedom to develop and modify the curriculum in order to stretch, challenge and engage our pupils. Pupils usually study as a Form Group in these years, but we stream in Maths and English from year 8 onwards. We are keen to offer learning environments which are flexible and enriching and can be tailored to suit the needs of each class, whilst equipping pupils to face their GCSE’s with confidence. We are lucky to work with many gifted and talented pupils, and we are able to offer opportunities which stretch and challenge, enabling some pupils to sit.
Lower senior school
Our curriculum in these years is broad and balanced, but gives pupils a thorough grounding. From year 8 onwards for instance, Sciences are taught as three separate subjects. Information Technology is taught from year 7 and we offer a broader range of languages than is often found in other schools. French is compulsory, but Welsh is also an option from year 8 and Spanish can be studied in year 9. An afternoon of extra-curricular activities is arranged weekly for years 7 & 8. These activities range from skiing to rock climbing and drama, and are important in developing social relationships, providing pupils with challenges outside the classroom and introducing them to new opportunities. At the end of year 9, pupils are guided through the GCSE Options selection process and it is a process which we take a great deal of time and care over. We are as flexible as possible, and consult parents and pupils extensively in order that a balanced and appropriate selection is made which suits the need of each child. “The academic standards are very high and it’s a good challenge to live up to them” year 9 pupil.
Upper School: GCSEs in years 10 & 11
Most pupils will sit 10 or 11 GCSE examinations, but we work with pupils very closely to monitor progress and some students take fewer subjects in order to be supported further in literacy or numeracy if necessary. Again, we encourage a broad range, and specialisation is left as late as possible in order that decisions about future careers are considered carefully and options are left open. We offer a flexible approach to learning and are keen to stretch those who need it and offer support where it is needed too. Gifted and talented mathematicians are able to be ‘Fast-tracked’ each year, taking their examinations in year 10 and achieving outstanding results year after year. We have also provided similar opportunities in English and Languages and our pupils have achieved similarly outstanding results.
|Compulsory at GCSE:
||Options at GCSE:
|A science subject
||Art/Craft/Textiles/Art & Design
|French or Spanish
“Everyone is so helpful and positive here. I feel and have always felt I can get support if I need it”
Year 11 Pupil
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