GCSE+ Programme

A demanding and flexible curriculum.

Our GCSE curriculum is well planned, wide ranging and enriching. Its balance and focus on individual development helps us to stimulate an enquiring mind, establishing key skills and a wealth of experience in our pupils that will be of great benefit to them for the future.

Pupils study between seven and nine GCSE subjects, which is amply sufficient to prepare our pupils for tomorrow’s world. There is therefore a focus on the quality of learning and the standards of grades rather than the number of qualifications. Academic options are arranged in four blocks allowing flexibility of choice. A reduced study programme of less than seven GCSEs can be accepted in some circumstances.

Pupils start the study of GCSE courses in 3rd Form, which allows them to develop skills and knowledge in the core subjects (maths, English and science) but also to study subjects which they have chosen and are enthusiastic about. BTEC Level 2 and iGCSE are also offered in some subjects to best suit the pupil intake in that subject.

Pupils should make their own choices but they receive guidance from their teachers, academic Tutors, Housemasters and the Director of Studies who can advise them on the course profile and the best pathway  and balance for them. Once established, each pupil will have a programmed pathway incorporating core subjects and academic options as well as enrichment elements.

Over and above our Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and the development of study skills, pupils will also follow a digital literacy course and will have the opportunity to take part in the Leadership and Service Programme, including areas such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme and service in the community. All pupils will also follow a Thinking Differently Course which will encourage them to reflect on the nature of knowledge and to question how we know what we claim we know.

For further details on our GCSE+ programme please download our GCSE+ Programme available below.