GCSE option choices are made in Year 9 in blocks to ensure pupils select a broad and balanced mix of subjects. The blocks are designed to meet as many pupil preferences as possible in each cohort, as well as ensuring that they are well prepared for the next stage of their academic journey, with as many opportunities and career paths open to them as possible
The curriculum will naturally be supplemented by an array of co-curricular activities, clubs, sports and trips.
In line with other top independent schools, most of our GCSEs will be iGCSEs. These are recognised worldwide, by universities and employers, rather than just within the UK. They have a 25-year history of a consistent, rigorous curriculum without the whimsical political changes, grade inflation and marking irregularities that have been recently associated with GCSEs. However, we give complete discretion to our teachers to allow them to choose the board and type of GCSE that would be of most benefit to their pupils.
In Years 10 and 11 all students study the core subjects: mathematics, English language, English literature and double or triple science. Curriculum breadth is provided through the choice of a wide range of GCSE options which may include:
In addition to their GCSEs pupils will study a range of non-examined subjects such as personal and social development, ICT and sport. They will also receive comprehensive career and college guidance.
Pupils and parents need to be aware that once they have embarked on a GCSE subject in Year 10, they will be expected to complete it. It is therefore very important that they choose a course and subject which is within their capabilities.
Our experienced staff will work closely with you to provide advice and guidance when pupils need to make these decisions.