Curriculum Overview

A broad range of subjects and a stimulating and well-resourced curriculum is on offer, aimed at fostering a love of learning. The curriculum develops each year to meet the needs of individual pupils more effectively.

Small groups allow for more personal attention from the teacher and a better learning experience, confirmed by fine examination results and impressive value-added achievements.

All pupils are taught at a level which matches their ability and high fliers are stretched to ensure that they achieve their maximum potential. Pupils with learning needs, including dyslexia, have the support of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team.

Summary by Year and Key Stage

Years 7, 8 and 9

Pupils in Years 7 to 9 follow a traditional programme, which draws on the best of and goes beyond the National Curriculum.

The subjects studied are English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Latin, History, Geography, Computer Science and Technology, Art, Modern Languages, Music, Drama, PE and Games. Personal, Social and Health Education are catered for within our Life Skills Programme.

In Year 8 pupils continue to study their first Modern Language with additional languages also being introduced. In Year 9 pupils continue to study two languages and can opt for a third.

Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11 the curriculum needs to be broad and balanced, in order to keep as many doors open for subsequent choices to be made at A-level and then for degrees and careers.

Core GCSE subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics (and Further Mathematics for some)
  • Science - Pupils study either Double Award Science or the Triple Science option which leads to three separate Science qualifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Those choosing the Double Science option are given additional lessons in Maths, English and Science.
  • Religious Studies

Pupils then choose three further options from the following 14 option subjects:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology: Resistant Materials
  • Design and Technology: Textiles Technology
  • Design and Technology: Electronic systems, programmable components and mechanical devices
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Sport (BTEC)

(In the interests of balance, only one Design and Technology subject may be chosen).

Learning Support can be available in place of one GCSE option if appropriate. In addition, all pupils continue with non-examined Games and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) through the Life Skills Programme.

Click here for the 2018/19 GCSE Options booklet.

Lower and Upper Sixth

Most pupils will take three subjects straight through to A-level as well as undertaking an Extended Project Qualification or Level 2 Higher Project Qualification). There is also the opportunity to take an AS Level in Core Mathematics for students who are not taking A-level Mathematics but would like to continue with their maths, perhaps to support other A-levels with considerable mathematical content. This would normally be in place of a Project Qualification.

Help is given in choosing A-level subjects wisely, taking into account strengths and preferences, sensible subject combinations and future degree choices and career choices.

Group sizes in the Sixth Form enable staff to give pupils a great deal of individual attention.

A-level Option Choices 2018/19:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Language and Literature
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Sport (BTEC)
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics)
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Click here to download the Academic Curriculum Overview.

Click here to download our Information Handbook that includes detailed curriculum information for all subject departments.


Dr Michael Reddish

Deputy Head (Academic), Teacher of Law, Head of Law

Dr Liz Pyne

Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning)


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                                UKMT Intermediate Maths ChallengeYears 9 - 11
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