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Middle School

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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.

Several core subjects are compulsory: English language, English literature, mathematics, and science (equivalent to two subjects).

There is also 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. The majority of pupils choose four option subjects, though the most academic may choose five.  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 • SCIENCE EXTRA • SPANISH

Further Information on the Academic Departments

Art Department

Dauntsey's has its own Art School, housed separately from the main school site in a spacious building rich with history.

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DT Department

Dauntsey's has a flourishing Design and Technology Department that has embraced the rapid changes in technology the subject has seen in recent years.

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French Department

Pupils who learn French at Dauntsey's over a period of seven years will leave the school with the ability to communicate in French and read widely in the language

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Geography Department

Geography is a popular and successful subject at Dauntsey’s, with approximately 60 pupils usually choosing the subject as a GCSE option

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History Department

Seven years of History at Dauntsey's will take pupils from the Norman Conquest to the Cold War, and often the Gulf Wars, developing critical life skills along the way.

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Physics Department

The main aims of the Physics Department are to foster an interest and enthusiasm for the subject, to promote an understanding of fundamental principles and to consolidate ideas, but also to encourage pupils to develop an enquiring mind, to question the world around them and indeed to tackle the mysterious!

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Learning Support

Providing strategies for learning within the mainstream educational environment.

Complementary Curriculum

Pupils continue with timetabled complementary curriculum lessons. These are designed to give breadth and enrichment to academic programmes, as well as providing pupils with the opportunity to study and discuss a range of important issues.

Careers Guidance

In the Fourth Form pupils have timetabled careers lessons in which they are introduced to the idea of career planning and implementation.