GCSE options are selected in the final term of Form 3.
All pupils study English Language and Literature or English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Mathematics (plus Further Mathematics for excellent Mathematicians), Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography and Economics. Pupils are encouraged to undertake a foreign language and a creative subject but the School is responsive to individual pupils’ strengths and abilities.
Pupils choose their options from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Economics, Astronomy, Computer Studies, Spanish, Mandarin, Art, Music and Statistics. In addition, pupils in Form 4 study Careers and spend a week getting a foretaste of employment.
The majority of pupils undertake at least 9 GCSEs, though some elect to study fewer subjects – particularly those for whom English is an additional language.