Years 10 and 11
Just before Easter of Year 9, students are given a detailed options booklet and asked to make provisional GCSE choices. They are expected to discuss their provisional choices with their parents over the Easter holiday. By half term of the summer term, they are expected to make firm choices. Tutors guide their choices in consultation with parents. These choices are carefully examined and unsuitable choices discussed further. The curriculum for Years 10 & 11 consists of core subjects and 4 options depending on ability. The allocations are given below.
The core subjects for all students:
|Subject||No. of Periods|
In the Science Core time, most students are entered for 2 GCSEs in Science; Science and Additional Science. Those students with a particular interest or aptitude in science can opt for 'triple award' Science - 3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (see Options below). In all cases, the three sciences are still taught separately by subject specialists.
All students (except EAL) are entered for English IGCSE and English Literature IGCSE.
There are four option blocks; normally students choose one subject from each option block. A small number of students may be allowed to leave one block free because of special needs or musical commitments.
By taking Extra Science in option A, students can 'top up' their core science time to 21 periods per two week cycle in order to take three separate science GCSEs.
At the February half term of Year 11 students are issued with a Sixth Form options booklet and at Easter provisional A level subject choices are made on the same basis as GCSE choices but it is recognised that these are inevitably more provisional until GCSE results are known. The normal requirement for progressing to the Sixth Form is a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B or better.