GCSE

Our Senior School curriculum is broad and engaging. We aim to create confident, independent, and successful young women who are equipped with the skills necessary to meet the opportunities and challenges of life in the twenty-first century.

Students in Year 8 make their GCSE option choices in the Spring Term, they are finalised in the Summer Term. Whilst the two-year GCSE course starts in earnest in Year 10, students in Year 9 are introduced to subject-specific skills, as well as more enhanced critical-thinking techniques through a personalised programme of learning. Students are encouraged to develop their intellectual curiosity to become focused learners in a face-paced and stimulating environment.


GCSE options

All students take the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. They then select three optional subjects, which are chosen during the Spring Term of Year 8. Everyone receives a Pre-GCSE course guide, with further details about the specific courses, and our Year 8 tutors are always available to offer guidance during the options process.

Students are continually supported throughout the GCSE curriculum, both in and out of lessons. For those students who want to be challenged and stretched academically, super-curricular activities are encouraged. These additional activities focus on the subject in greater depth, enriching student’s knowledge and understanding beyond the assessed curriculum. Studying nine GCSEs rather than 10 affords students the time to engage in both extra-curricular and super-curricular activities which are becoming increasingly more valuable to university applications and employers, whilst also having a significant impact on your overall Well-Being and development as learners and thinkers. Similarly, students who find some subject content more challenging occasionally you need additional support and our inspiring teachers hold lunchtime surgeries and clinics for many GCSE subjects to help develop knowledge and confidence in the topic.

We offer the following optional GCSE subjects:

Art and Design | Fine Art or TextilesBusinessDanceDesign Technology
DramaFood Preparation and NutritionForeign LanguagesGeography
HistoryICTMusicPE (Academic)
Religious Studies

 

For more details about the two-year GCSE Course on offer, please select the following link


Compulsory non-examination subjects

During weekly double PE lessons, students in Years 9-11 are introduced to a more varied range of sports including basketball, climbing, football, tag rugby and volleyball. There are plenty of extra-curricular sports clubs and a competitive programme of fixtures to participate in, where the students take an active role in arranging and leading activities.

There is no assessment for this subject, its aim is to expand students' knowledge of religion, and its place in the world. Religion and Worldviews [RAW] explores religion within both historical and modern contexts, including an indepth study of Islamic beliefs and the history of Islam. Students will also explore ethical topics such as abortion, euthanasia and discrimination.

The purpose of Life Skills is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to lead confident, healthy, independent lives. Well-being is one of the main focal points of this subject, in addition to a comprehensive Sex and Relationship Education programme throughout the year groups. As part of their education students undertake a Drugs education programme, whilst going on to explore Citizenship where they learn about society, democracy, law and British Fundamental Values, with a Current Affairs focus at the beginning of each year.