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.

Mathematics

Religion & Theology

Physics

Design & Technology

Chemistry

Music

Biology

Drama

English

Art

French or Spanish

Wellbeing

History

Physical Education

Geography

Years 10 and 11

These years provide the final preparation for GCSE examinations. IGCSE (International GCSE) examinations are taken in Mathematics (Edexcel) and in English Language, English Literature (Cambridge), all 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.

English Language

Mathematics

English Literature

Physics

French or Spanish

Chemistry

Biology


All boys are required to study:

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 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 & Theology

Spanish

Chinese

Geography

French

Art


Group 3

Geography

Art

Music

Italian

Greek

Religion & Theology

Design & Technology

Computer Science

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 Greek and Italian options in Group 3 are for pupils of proven ability in languages wishing to start these subjects in Year 10; they may therefore include three languages among their GCSE subjects. Greek is available to pupils regardless of whether they are continuing Latin to GCSE.

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

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