Curriculum KS4 (GCSE)

The curriculum at GCSE should ensure that all pupils will take nine or ten GCSE subjects except under exceptional      circumstances.  Any pupil allowed to drop to a lower number of subjects will have private study time and be closely      monitored to ensure that the time is well used.

  • Core: All pupils will take the core of English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and Additional Science. Some SpLD pupils and EAL students may not take English Literature.
  • MFL: Most pupils will take a MFL. Those that do not, will take an extra creative subject that will often suit them and fit with their dyslexic profile. Any pupil not replacing the language will use this time for visiting the LSU and private study.
  • Separate Sciences: Talented scientists will be encouraged to take the 3 separate subjects. The final decision on this will probably not be made until the summer of Year 10.
  • Setting Policy: All core subjects will be setted by ability.
  • Homework: This should amount to approximately 1.5hr each evening. Quiet areas will be provided from 4.30–5.30 and staff should be on hand to provide support and guidance. Students who show an inability to work independently, or who have been identified as ‘causes for concern’ will be supervised every evening.
  • Options: As well as the core subjects, pupils have a free choice of optional subjects to build up their nine subjects. These can be chosen from: Art, Graphics, Textiles, Ceramics, Food Tech, D&T, Music, ICT, RS, Geography, History, a second MFL, Drama and PE.
  • SpLD: Lessons are arranged as in the other areas of the school.
  • Chapel:Year 10 pupils attend Chapel on their own once every few weeks and, along with Year 11, the main school Chapel services on Friday.
  • Team sports: There are usually two boys’ teams and two girls’ teams in both year 10 and 11 for all the major team sports.
  • Assemblies: There is one full school assembly, one Chapel service and one year group asssembly each week.
  • Tutor Periods: Tutors will meet with their tutees for registration each day in the morning and after lunch. There is a longer tutor meeting after school on Wednesday.
  • A co-curricular activities programme offers:
    1. A range of evening activities for boarders. Sport, films and trips.
    2. Main school activities such as Archery, Fencing etc
    3. Musical Activities: Orchestra, Choir, Rock Bands and Music Technology.
    4. Saturday morning activities: Golf Academy, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Climbing.
  • Greenpower Car building and Racing. Many pupils remain in the CCF and they, and others not in the CCF, may embark upon the Silver and Gold D of E awards.
  • Careers: From Christmas, advice is given to Year 11 on A Level choices. These are informed by the use of CAT data, MidYIS data and the results of Morrisby testing. Parents are involved, and the feedback is extensive.
  • G&T: Any students identified as G&T should be given extra challenges where possible. This might be achieved through AS courses started in Year 11 and taught in co-curricular time. It also might include early certification in some cases.