Senior School Curriculum

In Years 7 – 9 you will follow a broad based curriculum and study 25 one hour lessons during the course of each week. These include 4 hours of English, 4 hours of Mathematics, 3 hours of Science and 1 and 2 hour lessons of other subjects.

In Year 7, our pupils will enjoy a Modern Foreign Language carousel, where French, German, Spanish and Mandarin can be experienced fully. Two of these languages will be continued through Years 8 and 9. A Modern Foreign Language is a compulsory part of the GCSE portfolio and the most able linguists can choose to study two languages.

Latin will be introduced as an option in Year 9, giving our pupils a year of the language prior to making a choice as to whether to continue to GCSE. This will give the pupils who opt for Latin a grounding in this important language and not only provide an excellent springboard for studying GCSE Latin but also help support many other subjects not only languages.

In years 10 and 11 you will also study a range of subjects. Some subjects are compulsory: Mathematics, English, Science and one Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Latin or Spanish) but others are for you to decide.

The table below gives an overview of the Curriculum by year group. The number of lessons per fortnight is shown for each subject. The two week timetable gives much greater flexibility with the curriculum.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Years 10 – 11
English 8 8 7 8
Maths 8 8 7 8
Science 6 6 12 15
Art 2 2 2
Computing/DT* 4 4 4
Drama 1 1 1
Food Studies 2 2 1
Geography 4 4 4
History 4 4 4
Music 2 2 2
Language Carousel 8
Spanish** 4 4
French/German** 4 4
Latin*** 4
PHSE 2 2 1
PE 2 2 1 1
RS 2 2 2
Thinking Skills 1 1
GCSE Option A 6
GCSE Option B 6
GCSE Option C 6
GCSE Option – Language 6

*Half year split of DT/Computing

**For current Year 7 and 8 pupils, they will continue on the existing language carousel where they study Spanish for the whole year and then have a half year split of French and German.

***Pupils will be able to opt for Latin instead of DT/Computing.

GCSE Options

Art and Design
Business Studies
Design and Technology
Drama and Theatre Studies
English Literature
English Language
Physical Education
Religious Studies