Our curriculum

JUNIOR SCHOOL

The curriculum of the junior school is designed to lead naturally into that of the senior school in content and style. All boys within a year group follow the same timetable.

TRANSITION, FIRST AND SECOND FORMS (Years 3, 4 & 5)

English; Mathematics; Science; History; Geography; Religious Studies; Music; Drama; Art; Technology (year 3); ICT; Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE); Think Tank (in years 3 and 4); French (from year 5); three double sessions of PE and Games. 

THIRD AND REMOVE FORMS (Years 6, 7 & 8)

English; Mathematics; Science; French; Latin; Geography; Religious Studies; Music; Drama; Art; Design & Engineering; ICT; Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE); PE and two afternoons of Games. 

HOMEWORK IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL 

Homework is graduated according to age, starting with enough to form a regular discipline.


SENIOR SCHOOL

The lower and middle school curriculums offer a wide range of options which enable the maximum choice of subjects in the sixth form. A very wide range of subjects is available at GCSE and IGCSE (International GCSE), with the majority of subjects now being taken at IGCSE. In the sixth form, pupils choose to study either A levels or the International Baccalaureate diploma (IB). 

LOWER SCHOOL (Years 7 and 8)

English; Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; French; Geography; History; Latin; Art; Design & Engineering; Drama; Music; Games and Physical Education; Computing; Religious Studies; Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE). 

HOMEWORK IN THE LOWER SCHOOL 

Homework will build to a maximum of one hour a night. 

FOURTH FORM (Year 9)

English; Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; French; History; Geography; Latin or Latin with Greek; a second modern language (choose from German, Spanish and Chinese); Religious Studies; Games and Physical Education; Computing; PSHE; two creative subjects (choose from Art, Music, Drama and Design & Engineering). Those choosing Latin with Greek take only one creative subject. 

LOWER AND UPPER FIFTH FORMS (Years 10 and 11) 

Core subjects (all are studied): English; English Literature; Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; French.

Options (three to be chosen): Geography; History; Theology & Philosophy; Latin; Greek; German; Spanish; Mandarin; Art; Music; Design & Engineering; Drama; Physical Education. 

All pupils sit IGCSE French at the end of the lower fifth and in the upper fifth may continue with further study in French, take another language to GCSE (currently Russian or Italian) or take a non-examined Computing course. Just over half the pupils sit Additional Mathematics in addition to GCSE Mathematics in the upper fifth. All boys have Physical Education (lower fifth only); Games; Religious Studies and PSHE as part of their non-examined curriculum. All boys in the lower and upper fifth forms devote Friday afternoons to co-curricular activities (CCAs). CCAs on offer include CCF, community projects and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, alongside many other options. 

HOMEWORK IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Three or four subjects are set each night (Monday to Friday) and are intended to take 30 to 40 minutes each. 

SIXTH FORM 

Pupils choose to follow either the A level or the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Those who opt to take the A level programme choose four subjects in the lower sixth. All A level subjects are taught as linear courses, with all examinations taking place at the end of the upper sixth. Pupils continue at least three subjects throughout the upper sixth. Pupils also complete an extended project, the King's essay, on a subject of their own choosing at the end of the lower sixth year. Pupils are encouraged to embark upon the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) if they choose to commute their studies to three (rather than four) A levels. Pupils can elect, from January of the lower sixth, to study a taught course in Design & Engineering, which includes an EPQ, in place of their fourth A level. 

In the International Baccalaureate diploma programme, students study six subjects: three at higher level and three at standard level. There are two standard level options for Mathematics, where those who take the Maths Studies course sith the exam at the end of the lower sixth. Students also take a course in the Theory of Knowledge, write an extended essay on a subject of their choice, and are assessed in a programme of creativity, action and service.

Other educational opportunities for all sixth form students are available, including lectures and activities, many of which cover moral and spiritual issues. There is a full programme of compulsory Games and the Friday afternoon programme of activities continues. 

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King's College School

Southside, Wimbledon Common,

London SW19 4TT

Senior school

Telephone: 020 8255 5300

Email: reception@kcs.org.uk

Absence line: 020 8255 5303

Junior school

Telephone: 020 8255 5335

Email: hmjssec@kcs.org.uk