The school’s curriculum is broadly in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
The school aims through its curriculum to:
- ensure that pupils have experience of linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical, and aesthetic and creative education during the compulsory period of education
- provide pupils with a broad and balanced education
- foster pupils’ creativity
- develop essential skills in speaking and listening, numeracy, literacy and ICT, and learning skills
- promote health and wellbeing
- inspire a commitment to life long learning and
- offer all pupils the opportunity to learn and make progress, encouraging high standards
- develop spiritual, moral and social awareness
- prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education
PSHCE reflects the school’s aims and ethos. In Foundation Stage and KS1, PSCHE is integrated into daily routine. From KS2 onwards pupils have at least a weekly lesson. In KS2, Yr 7, 8, 9 10 and 11 girls have a timetabled lesson.
Entry to all programmes of study is based on academic suitability and appropriateness, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, religion, cultural background or belief.
Disabilities: In accordance with the statutory requirements the school aims to make the curriculum accessible to all pupils as far as is reasonably practicable. The school has an Accessibility Plan which is available to parents on request.
We aim to cater or provide for different pupils’ differing abilities and learning styles by:
- using a range of different teaching strategies
- appreciating a variety of different learning styles
- utilising a range of resources and materials
- supporting and challenging according to individual needs
- Foundation Stage
- Post 16
On entry to Year 9 pupils choose either Latin or a Dance/Drama combination.
2nd Foreign Language
Most students study Spanish. A small number of students may be advised to have Learning Support lessons in place of the second language.
Pupils continue with Spanish or Learning Support lessons in place of the second language.
Pupils continue to study either Spanish or Learning Support lessons in place of the second language. Information concerning GCSE option choices is provided through an Assembly (for girls), an evening event (for girls and their parents), a parents’ evening and careers workshops.
70% of the Year 10 and 11 timetable is occupied by compulsory core subjects and 30% is filled by the 3 option subjects chosen in Year 9. Option lines are drawn up to accommodate as many combinations of subjects as possible. As the students are allowed a free choice of option subjects to suit their interests and talents some of them will not meet the current criteria for the E Baccalaureate.
Almost all students study 4 subjects at AS level and 3 at A level with a recommendation of a grade B or above at GCSE in the chosen subjects where applicable.
Religious Education is available to all pupils during the period of compulsory schooling. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education.
Relationships & Sex Education
Relationships and sex education will take place within the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme, in Religious Studies, which will emphasise sexuality in a personal, social and moral context, and in Science where students will look at the biological aspects.
A full statement of the school’s Relationships and Sex Education policy is available to parents. It has been drawn up in consultation with staff, pupils and parents. It has regard for the government’s guidance in Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (0116/2000).
In accordance with the law the biological aspects of human reproduction remain compulsory for all pupils, but parents may withdraw their children from any other part of the sex education provided without giving reasons.
The promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school is forbidden by law. Political issues are introduced in PSCHE and are presented in a balanced manner.
PE & Games
All pupils of compulsory school age are expected to take part in the school’s Physical Education and Games programme. Pupils can only be excused from PE and Games lessons for medical reasons, for which a note from a parent will suffice, or other reasons agreed with the school.
The school has a wide and varied programme of academic cultural and sporting activities that take place outside the formal curriculum. There are additional academic and practical courses which may lead to a qualification. All pupils are encouraged to take part in the programme.
The school expects homework to be set as appropriate. There is a separate homework policy.
Special Educational Needs
The school has a Special Educational Needs Policy for all students who have a learning difficulty which calls for special education provision to be made for them. The school will determine the appropriate courses in consultation with the parents. The school also makes provision for students who do not have English as their first language.
Concerns & Complaints
Parents who have concerns about any aspect of the curriculum should discuss these in the first instance with the pupil’s class teacher in the Preparatory School and the relevant HoD in the Senior School.
If the issue is not resolved parents should take their concern to the Head of Preparatory School or Assistant Head (Curriculum) in the senior school. If, after both those steps, parents wish to make a formal complaint they should do so in writing addressed to the Head Teacher as set out in the Complaints Procedure.