The curriculum is broad and balanced with an emphasis on rapid progress throughout Key Stage 3 and a wide choice of academic GCSE courses at Key Stage 4. Aspirational targets are set for students based upon their starting points and an outcome within the top 20% nationally.
We have recently conducted a curriculum review to ensure that we continue to provide sufficient choice, breadth and depth within Key Stage 4 whilst also being able to personalise our curriculum offer for students who require additional support. We are also keen to ensure that our students build on their rapid progress in Key Stage 3. Our academic results are outstanding and demonstrate that the personalisation of the curriculum ensures our students make the necessary progress from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 and further progress from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5.
Our SENCO works within our English Department and supports all students to fulfil their literacy potential. We group students according to ability in Mathematics from Year 7 and from Year 9 in Science, but all other departments teach mixed ability groups in all years.
The curriculum is enriched with a plethora of educational visits including field work for subject courses to international exchanges, conferences (Comenius) and study tours to China, the US and throughout Europe. Our students also enjoy many shorter/day trips to museums, galleries and specialist facilities to bring their learning to life.
Key Stage Three Overview (Years 7-8)
All students are taught in form groups of about 28 students for all subjects except Mathematics, where setting exists from October half term and for Technology where class sizes are typically 18 - 20. All students study French and nine week blocks of German and Spanish to provide a trio of foreign languages before they state a preference for two languages in Year 8 (from French, German, Latin or Spanish). Also in Year 7, girls have a weekly Classical Civilisation lesson for half the way, which alternates with an additional PE lesson to ensure our girls' health and fitness. In Year 8, smaller classes exist in Technology, Computing, Art & Drama (about 20-22 students) This ensures more specialist attention can be given to each girl as she opts for her GCSEs. Students opt for GCSE subjects in the spring of Year 8.
Key Stage Four Overview (Years 9-11)
All students study Mathematics (with the top two groups taking Additional Maths GCSE or an FSMQ course), English Language, English Literature and separate science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics). Students then select a Foreign Language, Humanity subject, practical subject and two other subjects. In addition, students study Careers, Ethics, PSHE, PLTS and Health Education and core PE for a double period a week.
The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is therefore individualised with different learning pathways available to students in the Sciences and breadth of choice being key to students’ success. The Key Stage 4 option blocks are determined around students choices with a very high success rate. Students receive career guidance in-house, but a qualified external IAG advisor is on-hand to discuss option choices with girls. A full list of the examination boards at GCSE is available here.
Organisation of class groups
Students are taught in mixed ability groups at all stages and in all subjects except in Mathematics. From October half term in Year 7, students are placed into Mathematics groups by ability. Test scores from KS2 and the first half term of KS3 are used to formulate class lists. These are reviewed termly, taking test scores, progress and class/independent tasks into account. In Science, it is sometimes possible to group students by ability in KS4, dependent upon the pathway students choose.
For information about the topics in the Y7 and Y8 curriculum, please visit the individual department pages.
If you require further information about the KS4 curriculum, please click here
For information about A-level options, please click to visit our Sixth Form Curriculum Page
For any other queries, please contact Mr M Scott, Deputy Headteacher using the Contact Form.