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Curriculum

Curriculum

  • The school provides its students with an appropriate and academic curriculum that has breadth and balance. It delivers effective teaching so as to inspire lasting learning.
  • All students are expected to take a full and active part in all areas of the curriculum and school life.
  • Pupils with particular aptitudes, abilities and needs are identified from Year 7 onwards. Further support for individual students, as appropriate, is co-ordinated by the Learning Enrichment Department.

Through the curriculum we seek to develop the whole person, creating opportunities for scientific, technological, linguistic, creative and artistic talents to be developed. The school teaches and uses thinking skills (de Bono) and is the first secondary school in the Country to be accredited as a “Thinking School” by Exeter University.

The Governing Body has an Education Committee, to which the Headmistress and Deputy Headmistress report regularly.

In Key Stage 3

All students study a common core of subjects. In addition to English, Mathematics and Science, students receive lessons in Computing, Art, Classics, Music, Physical Education, History, Geography, Religious Studies and Technology. One Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) is followed by all students in Year 7.

The great majority of pupils study two Modern Foreign Languages, or one Modern Foreign Language and Latin, in Years 8 and 9.

Personal and Citizenship Education (PACE), including Health and Sex and Relationships Education, is delivered by the year tutor team in a timetabled lesson. Citizenship is also addressed in other areas of the curriculum.

All students are encouraged to develop their own skills and interests by following extended curricular activities.

Homework is set by each subject.

In Key Stage 4

All students will follow a compulsory core of subjects:

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Combined Science.
  • Modern Foreign Language (French, German, or Spanish) or Latin
  • A Humanities subject (Geography, History, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation)

Students then have a free choice of two additional subjects.

Non-examination subjects include:

  • PACE (Personal and Citizenship Education): this includes Health and Sex and Relationships Education, Careers and Work Based Learning as well as Citizenship. The latter is also address in other areas of the curriculum.
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education

All students are still offered a large choice of activities in the extended curriculum and encouraged to continue to participate in these.

Homework is set weekly by each subject. Students organise their own time and work to meet the deadlines.

In the Sixth Form

The school has a large Sixth Form of over 400 girls and offers a range of academic subjects at Advanced Level.

Students have the opportunity to follow a range of academic subjects as outlined in the prospectus.

The school works in collaboration with the Boys’ Grammar School to offer joint courses, thus increasing the choice of A Level courses and ensuring minority subjects continue to be viable.

All students also participate in the Forum programme.

Students participate in activities offered in the extended curriculum. It provides an opportunity for them to help with, and to organise, many activities for younger pupils, some of which may lead to further qualifications.