In the Middle School the emphasis continues to be on the provision of a broad and interesting curriculum, giving girls access to as wide a range of subjects as possible.
In Year 9, the core subjects are English, Spanish, mathematics, the sciences, history, geography, religions, philosophy and ethics, and an additional foreign language: French, German or Mandarin. Mathematics and Spanish are taught separately in sets to allow each girl to develop at her own pace; English and the sciences are taught in smaller groups. The creative subjects remain a valued part of the curriculum and every girl studies 3 subjects from art, ceramics, drama, DT, Greek, Home Economics, Latin or Music. Every girl also studies PE, computer science and Personal Development (PD).
During the Lent term of Year 9 girls will be asked to select their preferred I/GCSE subjects, the study of which begins in Year 10. Most girls take 10 or 11 subjects to I/GCSE level. The core iGCSE subjects are English and English literature, mathematics, a modern foreign language and all three sciences to either double award I/GCSE or separate sciences I/GCSE. In addition girls take three or occasionally four option subjects from the whole curriculum, which can include an extra science and/or modern language. Option subjects are detailed in the Curriculum Policy. All girls continue lessons in PE and PSHE. The result is that girls have a manageable workload, which enables them to enjoy their studies and continue to pursue their other interests.
During their time in Middle School, girls are encouraged to develop good time management skills through a more flexible approach to homework so that they can accommodate extra curricular commitments alongside their work. Academic progress is monitored by subject teachers and pastoral staff at regular intervals and parents receive regular information about their daughter’s progress via parents' meetings or reports. Form tutors are always on hand to help girls manage their time effectively and give them extra support.
Preparation for the transition to Sixth Form begins in Year 10 at the Sixth Form taster day and continues throughout Year 11, particularly at the A Level introductory evening in the Michaelmas term. Heads of Departments, form tutors and the Higher Education and Careers department give personal advice and guidance on A Level choices so that by the completion of their I/GCSE’s, girls are confident and looking forward to the challenges of A level study.
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