Small class sizes and high academic standards help produce exam results that place us amongst the highest performing schools in the South West.
Year 7 pupils will study the following subjects:
Mathematics; English; French; Biology, Chemistry and Physics (studied as ‘separate sciences’); Geography; History; Religious Studies; Art; Design and Technology; Drama; Food and Nutrition; Information Technology; Music; Physical Education and Games
Year 8 pupils can take up a second modern foreign language, Spanish.
In the lower years, pupils are taught in House groups, but as they move through the school, and streaming is introduced in some subjects, the proportion of lessons taught in house groupings diminishes.
Our independence from the National Curriculum enables us to depart from it where we feel further opportunities exist, particularly in the fields of science and languages.
An element of choice becomes important at this stage of education. There will still be opportunities for pupils to develop special strengths and interests.
English: English Language and English Literature
Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered as separate sciences. Pupils must select at least one.
A modern language: French or Spanish. Pupils with a significant learning difficulty may have the option not to take a modern language, following discussion with the Director of Studies.
See our GCSE Booklet for more details on our subjects.GCSE Booklet
We offer Language for Life classes for small groups of pupils in Years 7 to 9 where students focus on consolidating literacy and study skills.
Learning Support lessons for Years 10 and 11 continue to focus on literacy and numeracy skills, but also give opportunities for students to have extra time to work on their GCSE studies and, as exams approach, access support with revision and exam strategies.
We also offer 1:1 sessions for pupils who require a little extra support. These sessions are individually tailored but tend to focus on the acquisition of literacy and/or numeracy skills.
A supervised prep or homework club runs every evening in the Potbury building which ANY student can access – it is open to all, there is always a friendly face to greet you and we are happy when pupils just pop in for a chat.