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Curriculum Overview

Upper 1 and Upper 2

In Upper 1 and Upper 2 (12-13 year olds), pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum of up to 16 subjects covering the humanities, Technology, Classics and Modern Languages. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as separate subjects. Within this range of subjects the experiences and outcomes have been developed to provide a broad education in preparation for making their subject choices for Upper 3. Pupils will receive homework in most subjects and we also expect them to take part in a number of extracurricular activities such as sports, science, music, technology and many more areas.

For further information on the curriculum and specific subjects available to pupils entering Upper 1 pupil from August 2015 please view the following document:
PDF U1 & U2 Curriculum Booklet 2015-16

Upper 3 and Upper 4

In Upper 3 and Upper 4 (14-15 year olds) pupils currently study up to eight subjects to public examination level that include core subjects such as English, Maths, a Modern Language, Science and a Social Science. The combination of high expectations and a strong work ethos at the School have meant that attainment levels have traditionally been very high. Many pupils do not have a specific career in mind at this stage, we would advise pupils to choose a broad range of subjects after consultation with our Head of Careers.

For further information on the curriculum and specific subjects available to Upper 3  pupils from August 2016 please view the following document:
PDF U3 Choices Booklet 2016-2018

Upper 5 and Upper 6

Pupils in Upper 5 commonly choose five Highers or A-Levels out of a choice of around 22 subjects together with a Games, PSE and RMPS programme. At this stage careers advice is important and we encourage pupils to seek advice from our Head of Careers and consult with their parents before making any final decisions. There will also be opportunities to attend Careers Conventions, University Open Days and arrange Work Experience. Those entering the Upper 6 usually choose two or more Advanced Highers together with other Higher courses.

In the pupils’ final year they have access to their own common room and well equipped study centre where they can develop their own work routines and self-motivation in preparation for university entrance. Over 50% of our pupils take at least 2 science and technical subjects at higher level.

For further information on the curriculum and specific subjects available to Upper 5 and Upper 6 pupils from August 2016 please view the following document
PDF U5 Choices Booklet 2016-2018

Curriculum Overview

Upper 1 and Upper 2

In Upper 1 and Upper 2 (12-13 year olds), pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum of up to 16 subjects covering the humanities, Technology, Classics and Modern Languages. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as separate subjects. Within this range of subjects the experiences and outcomes have been developed to provide a broad education in preparation for making their subject choices for Upper 3. Pupils will receive homework in most subjects and we also expect them to take part in a number of extracurricular activities such as sports, science, music, technology and many more areas.

For further information on the curriculum and specific subjects available to pupils entering Upper 1 pupil from August 2015 please view the following document:
PDF U1 & U2 Curriculum Booklet 2015-16

Upper 3 and Upper 4

In Upper 3 and Upper 4 (14-15 year olds) pupils currently study up to eight subjects to public examination level that include core subjects such as English, Maths, a Modern Language, Science and a Social Science. The combination of high expectations and a strong work ethos at the School have meant that attainment levels have traditionally been very high. Many pupils do not have a specific career in mind at this stage, we would advise pupils to choose a broad range of subjects after consultation with our Head of Careers.

For further information on the curriculum and specific subjects available to Upper 3  pupils from August 2016 please view the following document:
PDF U3 Choices Booklet 2016-2018

Upper 5 and Upper 6

Pupils in Upper 5 commonly choose five Highers or A-Levels out of a choice of around 22 subjects together with a Games, PSE and RMPS programme. At this stage careers advice is important and we encourage pupils to seek advice from our Head of Careers and consult with their parents before making any final decisions. There will also be opportunities to attend Careers Conventions, University Open Days and arrange Work Experience. Those entering the Upper 6 usually choose two or more Advanced Highers together with other Higher courses.

In the pupils’ final year they have access to their own common room and well equipped study centre where they can develop their own work routines and self-motivation in preparation for university entrance. Over 50% of our pupils take at least 2 science and technical subjects at higher level.

For further information on the curriculum and specific subjects available to Upper 5 and Upper 6 pupils from August 2016 please view the following document
PDF U5 Choices Booklet 2016-2018

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