The Six-Day Cycle
The School operates a six-day cycle of 42 periods (7 periods per day). We start the year on Day 1, and when we get to Day 6 we begin the cycle again. There is no weekend school, apart from Saturday sports fixtures.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Upon joining the Senior School, the year group is separated into four different form groups, with each year group following the same curriculum.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught a broad range of subjects with streaming only taking place in Mathematics, all other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.
Year 10 & Year 11
The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 is designed to prevent early specialisation in arts or sciences, to keep options open for AS/A level, and to provide some choice to cater for individual strengths and interests whilst, at the same time, ensuring a broadly-based education for each pupil.
All pupils study GCSE English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science (as two or three Single Sciences), at least one Humanities subject, Modern Language and Technological or creative subject. They may take more than one of these if they wish.
Year 12 & Year 13
Students choose 4 subject options in Year 12 as part of their AS level studies. Breadth of study is encouraged but not compulsory; with the principle being that students should chose subjects they are passionate about and enjoy. In some circumstances students will choose options that are relevant to a particular University course or career path.
In Year 13 students generally carry on studying three of the options, building on what they learned in the previous year, although some students decide to continue pursuing all four options.