We work a 43 period week over five days. There are four lessons before lunch on two days and five on three days. In the afternoon there are four lessons every day. We have breaks at mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Students in the first three years follow a programme which includes the core and foundation subjects prescribed for Years 7-9 of the National Curriculum. These include English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Modern Languages, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Religious Education, Physical Education and Citizenship. Our approach to Science treats Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects. In Year 7 students will study German or French as their first language. In September 2014 the first language will be French. In Year 8 there will be the opportunity to start one out of Latin or German as a second language.
In each year there is a tutorial lesson. In Year 9 we begin an additional programme of Personal, Social and Health Education which includes RE, Health Education and Careers Education.
At Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11 students study ten or eleven subjects for GCSE. The basic ten are English, English Literature, Maths, French, German or Latin, Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), and three optional subjects chosen from Art, Computer Science, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, PE and Design & Technology. Students have the opportunity to take Statistics in addition to Maths. All students in Key Stage 4 also take courses in Religious Education, Personal and Social Education, Careers, Citizenship and Physical Education. In addition all students are able to take a short course in RE with an opportunity to take the full RE GCSE if they choose it.
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