With a wide range of subjects providing a strong foundation for further study, our curriculum is designed to equip girls with the skills to think for themselves, to nurture confidence and independence, and to encourage them to be active learners with teamwork and leadership skills.
Years 7 – 9
In Years 7 to 9, the curriculum is broad and balanced. Our girls study a core of six subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Geography, History and Religious Studies are taught as separate humanities. All of our girls study French in Year 7 and add either German or Spanish in Year 8. In Year 9 they continue with two languages. A variety of creative and practical subjects including Art, Music, Design Technology, Physical Education and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) are taught to all girls. For Years 7 to 9, most subjects are taught in form groups with smaller groups in lessons like Design Technology. Sets are only used with Mathematics.
Years 10 – 11
In Years 10 and 11 our aim is to be flexible, allowing girls to study the subjects which are right for them – we don’t believe in one size fits all. All of our girls study a core of Mathematics, English and English Literature. Most girls study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but some choose to study only two sciences. We advise girls to choose at least one modern foreign language and at least one of the humanities subjects, and all girls continue with their PSHE lessons once a week. We have a wealth of other subjects on offer depending on the chosen learning route, including Art, Classical Greek, Computer Science, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, French, German, History, Latin, Music, a Performing Arts Technical Award, Physical Education, Product Design and Spanish, as well as a range of online University led courses (MOOCs). We provide guidance to all our girls to help them make informed decisions at each stage of their education, and we strive to accommodate their particular choices so that every girl can play to her individual strengths and pursue the route that’s right for her.