“Leaders plan the curriculum to ensure that pupils have many opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills.”


Middle School Curriculum

Pupils in Shell and Remove (Years 7 and 8) follow a broad and connected curriculum with thematic teaching designed to encourage them to think differently.   

There is a focus on the development of skills which are key to preparing 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 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 forms.

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 and Media Studies. English as an Additional Language is taught to international pupils where mainstream English classes are not appropriate.

A structured PSHE course, including RSE, is also delivered. This fosters a greater understanding of today’s society and assists pupils in taking responsibility for their own and others’ physical and mental well-being.

GCSE 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 ample to prepare them for tomorrow’s world. Our focus is 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 Third Form (Year 9), 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, as appropriate to suit the needs and interests of the cohort.

Pupils make their own choices, but they receive guidance from their teachers, academic Tutors, Housemasters and the Head of Careers 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 PSHE and RSE programme 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 be encouraged to reflect on the nature of knowledge and to question how we know what we claim we know.

Sixth Form Curriculum

Our Sixth Form offers pupils a flexible and supportive curriculum with a choice of over 20 subjects. Pupils can study A Level subjects in largely traditional fields sought by the country’s leading universities, pursue Level 3 BTEC qualifications, or decide on a programme made up of a combination of both. Pupils are encouraged to choose a combination of subjects that will support their future career aspirations.

Aiming to motivate and inspire our pupils on an individual basis, we go beyond the standard A Level and BTEC syllabi, establishing a programmed pathway for each pupil that incorporates core subjects together with additional elements in the form of our Laborem programme. Most 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.

“Teachers have secure subject knowledge and plan lessons to successfully engage pupils.”


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