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Senior School

Our Senior School curriculum is broad and engaging. Teachers create and maintain a stimulating learning environment incorporating a range of teaching styles to excite and motivate the girls. They build on girls’ prior learning, taking account of account of girls’ different learning preferences. The younger years have opportunity to try and discover new subjects before needing to specialise for their GCSE examinations.

Years 7 & 8

Girls in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to study as wide a range of subjects as possible. The curriculum for both year groups includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Two modern foreign languages chosen from French, German or Spanish
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Dance
  • ICT
  • Games
  • Art, Design Technology, Food Technology, Textiles
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • In Year 7 girls follow a course in Classics and in Year 8 this is replaced with Latin.
  • Thinking Skills is taught to girls in Years 7 - 8 as a discrete subject to ensure they learn and use a common meta-cognitive language. These skills will also be embedded in all lessons.

Year 9

In Year 9 an element of choice is introduced together with new subjects. Girls will be taught:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Latin
  • Drama
  • Music
  • ICT
  • Games
  • Political Science 
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • At least one of the following subjects: Art, Design Technology, Food Technology and Textiles.
  • At least one modern foreign language. They can choose whether to continue with both the modern languages they have studied in Year 8 or whether to study just one. If they choose to take only one, they will also follow a course in International Studies in addition to one subject from Art, Design Technology, Food Technology, Textiles, Music Technology and Digital Design.
  • Thinking Skills is taught to girls in Years 7 - 8 as a discrete subject to ensure they learn and use a common meta-cognitive language. These skills will also be embedded in all lessons.

Years 10 & 11

In Years 10 and 11 girls will take GCSEs in:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Methods in Mathematics
  • Applications of Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • At least one modern foreign language.

Girls can then choose another three subjects from a wide range, one of which should be a humanities subject i.e. Geography, History or Religious Studies.

Subjects currently available at GCSE are: Geography, History, Religious Studies, French, German, Latin, Spanish, Drama, Music, Art, Design Technology, Food Technology, Textiles and Physical Education.

In addition to their examination courses, all girls will follow non-examination courses in Games, PSHE and Philosophy and Ethics.