middle school curriculum


Pupils in Shell and Remove year groups follow a broad and connected curriculum with thematic teaching designed to encourage our pupils to think differently. Each half term, all departments work on a common theme, which is also linked to the IDEALS of Round Square.

There is a focus on the development of skills which are key to prepare our pupils for tomorrow’s world such as problem solving, decision making, handling information, creativity, collaboration and communication.  The schemes of work across the curriculum give our pupils explicit opportunities to develop and assess these skills in each lesson and this is an integral part of lesson planning and objectives.

Pupils also have the opportunity to use their learning and experience with the themes learnt in lessons towards a creative project for which they can express themselves in a wide variety of form.

Pupils study the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. They will also study History, Geography, French, Spanish, PE, Computer Science, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Business Studies, Economics, Religious Studies, Media Studies and English as an Additional Language is taught to International pupils requiring it.

A structured Personal and Social Education course, including Digital Learning, is also delivered and aims to foster a greater understanding of today’s society and assist pupils in taking responsibility for their own and others’ well-being.



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.


Our A Level+ Programme offers pupils a flexible and supportive curriculum with a wide choice of over 20 subjects. Pupils can study three A Level subjects in largely traditional fields sought by the country’s leading universities. Pupils are encouraged to choose a combination of subjects that will lead to their career aspirations.

Aiming to motivate and inspire our pupils on an individual basis, we go beyond the standard A Level syllabus establishing a programmed pathway for each pupil that incorporates core subjects together with additional elements in the form of a Thinking Differently Programme as well as a Leadership & Service Programme. Sixth Form pupils will also complete an Extended Project Qualification. With these enrichment options, the aim is that pupils will develop the critical skills to succeed as they progress to University.

For further details on our A Level+ Programme, please download our A Level+ Programme Guide available below.