GCSE options are selected in the final term of Form 3.
All pupils study English Language and Literature (or English as an Additional Language), Mathematics (plus Further Mathematics for excellent Mathematicians) and a minimum of 2 sciences. 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, French, Spanish, Latin, Astronomy, Computer Studies, Art, Music and Statistics.
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.
In addition, pupils in Form 4 and Form 5 have careers guidance, through the PHSE programme and through talks & presentations from outside speakers. All pupils in Form 4 are encouraged to undertake a work experience placement of their choice for at least one week in a school holiday. This is supported by documentation from the school for both the pupil and the employer offering the placement. Pupils in Form 5 complete their Record of Achievement which is presented to them at the end of the academic year.