During Year 9 many subjects switch from the KS3 curriculum and begin to start on GCSE work. This usually begins around February half term of Year 9. The school does not believe in fast tracking students and instead believes in depth of study over early exam entry.
All students in KS4 will follow a broadly traditional core of five subjects including English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science [Biology, Physics and Chemistry] and a Modern Foreign Language. Students must then choose a further three subjects from History, Geography, Art, Computer Science, Sport Studies, Business Studies and a second Foreign Language. All students will therefore take 9 GCSEs.
However there are some exceptions. The top sets in Science will take all three Sciences at GCSE [Triple Award] whilst in Mathematics the top sets will take iGCSE Mathematics in addition to their Mathematics GCSE. Able students will have the opportunity to take Philosophy of Religion where they could convert their 1/2 GCSE in RS to the full GCSE as well as taking the AS Level in Philosophy of Religion. There is therefore scope for the most able students to have a more academically enriched curriculum finishing with 12 or more GCSEs.
Equally for those who need additional support the school has a dedicated MASS Programme which replaces the foreign language with a programme of additional Mathematics, Science, English Language and Study Skills Support. These pupils will take 8 GCSEs.
A traditional GCSE curriculum designed with time and space for personal development