The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in Year 11 and A Levels in the Sixth Form, but every effort is made to teach according to students’ abilities, and to stretch the ablest well beyond the demands of the syllabus.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The aim of the first three years in the Senior School is to provide a broad academic foundation which will stretch and challenge all students as well as prepare them for the subjects that they will go on to take at (I)GCSE and later at A Level.
All girls normally study English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, German, Spanish, Religious Education, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Art, Food and Nutrition, Physical Education and Computer Science. They also have one lesson a week of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
All students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Education and a Modern Foreign Language (French, Spanish or German) for (I)GCSE.
In addition, each girl also chooses three other subjects to study for the two years, leading to a GCSE or IGCSE qualification: these options include Geography, History, French, German, Spanish, Economics, Psychology, Music, Drama, Art, Photography, Graphics, Food and Nutrition, Physical Education and Computer Science. There is also a non-exam option of Study Skills.
Most subject combinations are possible and advice on suitable subjects is given during the Spring Term of Year 9.
Public examinations at either GCSE or IGCSE level are normally taken at the end of Year 11. Departments choose the best course for their subject and the two qualifications are viewed as equivalent for the purposes of university entrance. Further information is available from the Head of Department of the subject concerned or from the subject teacher.