In the Upper School (years 10 and 11) we not only prepare our pupils academically for their GCSE examinations, but we also continue to develop their personal skills and encourage them to be active learners who think for themselves.
We want our pupils to become independent and inquisitive learners as they progress through the school so that they develop specialist subject knowledge, an enquiring and discriminating mind and continue their desire for learning, especially in preparation for their A Level studies. Our pupils are curious and able to think critically and spontaneously, questioning the world around them and we want them to have the knowledge, skills and habits of mind to succeed and thrive both in their academic studies and in their future lives.
In years 10 and 11 girls study for nine or ten GCSEs or IGCSEs. It is compulsory to take:
- Mathematics (IGCSE)*
- English Language (IGCSE)
- English Literature (IGCSE)
- Biology (IGCSE)
- Chemistry (IGCSE)
- Physics (IGCSE)
- One Modern Language: French, German, Italian or Spanish
- One Humanity: Geography, History, Latin or Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
- Two other subjects from the following options: Art, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, Music, Physical Education, or another Modern Language
*pupils in the top set for Mathematics will also take an additional GCSE in Statistics.
We do not have a ‘blocking system’ at GCSE or A Level. The timetable is constructed each year around the girls’ choices and we aim to meet everyone’s individual needs.
In addition to participating in co-curricular activities, our pupils have access to numerous subject lectures, academic symposiums, extension activities, stretch and challenge and enrichment opportunities, conferences, trips and workshops.As well as their examination subjects, girls are required to have lessons in Physical Education and PSHE, which includes Careers.
The Upper School curriculum not only prepares our pupils for the rigours of (I)GCSEs, but also provides our pupils with the crucial foundations required to ensure a smooth transition into the Sixth Form so that they can embark on their chosen A Level courses with confidence and an excellent academic grounding.