In Year 9, pupils continue with the broad Middle School curriculum. In Years 10 and 11 all pupils take English, mathematics and science (either biology, physics and chemistry or science and additional science). Following guidance in PSHE and an options fair, pupils then normally choose three additional subjects to study for GCSE. Current optional subjects include: art, business studies, design technology, drama, French, geography, graphic design, history, ICT, music, physical education and Spanish. Pupils also take a functional skills course in ICT. During preparation for exams, pupils are encouraged to attend revision classes.
The personal, social and health education programme continues throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. Pupils receive guidance in a number of areas including choosing options both for GCSE and post-GCSE, as well as study skills and financial matters. In the summer term, Year 10 visit St. Hugh’s College, Oxford to gain an insight into university life. During Year 11 pupils have a taster day of Sixth Form lessons and an interview with the Head of Sixth Form to discuss options post-GCSE.
Pupils continue to participate in sport (mainly on Wednesday afternoons) and other extra-curricular activities. At the end of the autumn term each year, a magnificent Senior School production takes place under the direction of the Head of Drama: last year’s production was ‘Teechers’ by John Godber. There is a varied programme of activities for all pupils. Many pupils continue to progress with their speech and drama (LAMDA) and individual music lessons.
Pupils are actively encouraged to continue with CCF. During Year 10 most cadets complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and start working towards the Silver award. They also work towards a BTEC in public service.
Parents’ evenings are held for each year group but parents are always welcome to contact the Form Tutor or Deputy Head at any time. Pupils have the opportunity to act as ‘Options’ in Year 11 before becoming Prefects in the Sixth Form.