Small class sizes and high academic standards help produce exam results that place us amongst the highest performing schools in the South West.
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
In the lower years pupils are largely taught in mixed ability groups, with setting incrementally introduced in some subjects, such as English, maths and modern languages.
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, but in most cases we recommend students taking at least two.
We also encourage students to select either French or Spanish, or both. Pupils with a significant learning difficulty may have the option not to take a modern language.
For information on all our subjects, see our GCSE BookletGCSE Booklet for Sept 2020
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.