Curriculum

Year 9

A broad based curriculum is continued. All Year 9 boys study the subjects listed below, plus ONE of Latin, German, Spanish, French, Chinese and Italian. There is one Games afternoon, and a Physical Education period.

Mathematics

Religion & Theology

Physics

Design and Technology

Chemistry

Music

Biology

Drama

English

Art

French or Spanish

Wellbeing

History

Physical Education

Geography

Years 10 & 11

These years provide the final preparation for GCSE examinations. IGCSE (International GCSE) examinations are taken in Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, all three Sciences, History, French, German and Spanish. The scheme of subject choice allows considerable flexibility and is designed to provide boys with a wide choice of post-16 courses. In addition to lessons in examination subjects, boys have one Games session. There is also a Wellbeing course, which will includes Physical Wellbeing.

English Language

Mathematics

English Literature

Physics

French or Spanish

Chemistry

Biology

All boys are required to study:
All boys will be taught Physics, Chemistry and Biology as separate subjects. They will eventually be entered, as appropriate, for examinations at IGCSE leading either to two certificates, Science and Additional Science (Double Award), or to three certificates (in the Separate Sciences). A boy’s access to, and eligibility for, Advanced Level science courses in the Upper School is affected by the quality of the IGCSE grades he achieves, and not by whether he takes Double Award or Separate Sciences.

Additionally, boys choose ONE subject from each of the following groups:

Group 1

History

Geography

Religion & Theology

Group 2

German

Design & Technology

Latin

Religion and Theology

Spanish

Chinese

Geography

French

Art

Italian

Group 3

Geography

Art

Music

Italian (2 year course)

Greek

Religion & Theology

Design & Technology

The same subject cannot be selected from two or more groups. If a language is chosen from Group 2, this language must have been studied in Year 9.

The Italian and Greek options in Group 3 are for boys wishing to start these languages in Year 10. This means that, in combination with a language continued from Year 9 and selected in Group 2, a total of three foreign languages are studied. These 3-language combinations are intended for boys with particular interest and aptitude in foreign languages.

All boys take ten subjects - leading to either ten or nine GCSE/IGCSE qualifications, depending on the science course followed.

Some sets will take IGCSE Mathematics both the IGCSE and Additional Mathematics in Year 11. Some boys take GCSE Latin in Year 10, and will then take a half GCSE in Ancient History in Year 11.

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