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KS3 and KS4 Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 all subjects (except Maths (half year sets in Year 8), German and Spanish in Year 8) are taught in Form groups.

Technology is taught in mixed Form groups. Generally there is a common curriculum, but there is a choice of Spanish or German at the end of Year 7. This is studied alongside French to the end of Year 9.

In Year 9 girls continue with the majority of the core curriculum but now have a choice between Classical Civilisation and Latin. French and Mathematics are set across the year group according to ability. Most other subjects (except Technology) continue to be taught in Form groups.

Key Stage 4

All subjects have 6 periods per cycle except English which has 8 periods per cycle and Maths which has 7.

Girls in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) follow a common core curriculum and then choose from a range of subject options. Girls take 9 subjects at GCSE (or 10 subjects if they choose to study Greek outside the normal timetable).

All girls take GCSE in English, English Literature and Mathematics. All study at least one Modern Language, French, German or Spanish and some girls choose to take two languages at this level.

Girls continue to be set for Mathematics according to ability and are also set according to ability for French, German and Spanish when there is more than one group. All other subjects in Year 10/11 are taught in mixed ability groups according to option choice.

Girls may choose to study Science and Additional Science (gaining two GCSEs in Science) and hence may choose three other option subjects.

Alternatively they may choose to study Physics, Chemistry and Biology for an award of three GCSEs. They may then choose two other option subjects. Girls wishing to continue with Science at A-level may do so regardless of their GCSE Science route.

Non-GCSE subjects taken by all girls are Religious Education (1 period in Year 10 only), Games (4 periods per cycle each year), and Personal, Social and Health Education - a course including careers and study skills (2 periods per cycle in each year); and Functional Skills in Information Technology (2 periods per cycle in each year). In addition a Futures Thinking course is taught (2 periods per cycle) where girls will have experience of various careers, finance and Study Skills sessions with outside speakers.

Key Facts

  • Each teaching period is 50 minutes long
  • Curriculum is taught over a two week teaching cycle
  • KS3 - Years 7, 8 and 9
  • KS4 - Years 10 and 11 (GCSE)
  • Girls take 9 subjects at GCSE