Art is a form of communication and the expression of ideas and feelings. It is a language that is concerned with the development of mental processes involved in visual perception and aesthetic experience.
Fourth and Fifth Form (Years 10 and 11)
The GCSE curriculum is followed in the Fourth and Fifth Forms and is designed to provide the best possible preparation for life in the Sixth Form and beyond. The average class size at this stage is 16.
English language, English literature and Mathematics are compulsory. All pupils will also study Physics, Chemistry and Biology, but there is a choice as to whether to study for three GCSEs (one in each Science) or for two GCSEs in ‘Combined Science’.
Middle School offers the opportunity for real breadth of study, with a wide range of optional subjects that pupils can choose freely from, rather than having to select from fixed option columns. Pupils choose either three or four subjects from our optional subjects leading to a typical total of nine GCSEs. Pupils also have timetabled lessons in games on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Optional Subject Choices
ART AND DESIGN • CLASSICAL CIVILISATION • COMPUTING • DANCE • DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY • DRAMA • FRENCH
•GERMAN • GEOGRAPHY • HISTORY • LATIN • MUSIC • PHYSICAL EDUCATION • RELIGIOUS STUDIES • SPANISH
Further Information on GCSE Courses
The course focuses on practical work, though there is no coursework.
Throughout the course you will develop your experimental skills by carrying out practical investigations.
Classical Civilisation is the sound, sane and sensible option for anyone who is interested in the culture, religion, and mythology of the Greeks and the Romans.
There are two strands of Complementary Curriculum that are taught in the Fourth Form and a 20-week course which will be taught in the Fifth Form.
This course will give pupils an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works, along with a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”.
GCSE Dance allows pupils to explore a wide variety of dance styles as well as giving them the freedom to experiment with their own choreography and way of moving.
The GCSE specification in Design and Technology is a subject that brings learning alive, requiring students to apply their knowledge to real-life situations.
GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to be in another person’s shoes. Students will play many parts in different imaginary situations and will have the opportunity to create their own work as well as look at plays written by other people.
The EAL department teaches and guides international pupils through their external examinations: IELTS*, English GCSE and IGCSE.
The specification will enable pupils of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts...
This course is designed to foster an enthusiasm for literature and to develop a confidence among pupils in expressing their own critical views.
French is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Red Cross and international courts.
You live in the world - why not find out more about the challenges and opportunities it offers, and how to get involved?
German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Learning German will connect you with about 130 million native German speakers around the globe.
This IGCSE specification provides a geographically and culturally diverse course, academic rigour, and combines accessibility with intellectual challenge.
Latin is a kite-mark of excellence - the most quoted fact about Frank Lampard (the manager of Everton FC!) is that he did Latin GCSE.
The IGCSE course builds on and extends the material taught in previous years and is broadly similar to the new GCSE syllabus.
Edexcel GCSE Music is an enjoyable and flexible course that focuses upon composing, performing and listening.
IGCSE Physical Education will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities.
The course is, based heavily on practical work, and on developing an understanding of the underlying principles.
This course is about you and your role in the world.
Most pupils in the Fourth and Fifth Forms will continue to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate GCSE exams.
Spanish is the language of over 350 million native speakers worldwide, being the second most spoken native language in the world.