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 and 5)
English; Mathematics; Science; History; Geography; Religious Studies; Music; Drama; Art; Technology (year 3 only); ICT; Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE); Think Tank (in years 3 and 4); French (from year 5); three double sessions of Physical Education and Games.
THIRD AND REMOVE FORMS (years 6, 7 and 8)
English; Mathematics; Science; French; Latin; Geography; Religious Studies; Music; Drama; Art; Design and Engineering; ICT; Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE); Physical Education and two afternoons of Games.
In the first five years the curriculum offers a wide range of options while keeping open 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; French; Geography; History; Latin; Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Art; Design and Engineering; Drama; Music; Games and Physical Education; Computing; Religious Studies; Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).
Homework will build to a maximum of one hour a night.
FOURTH FORM (year 9)
English; Mathematics; French; History; Geography; Latin or Latin with Greek; a second modern language (choose from German, Spanish and Chinese); Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Religious Studies; Games and Physical Education; Computing; PSHE; two creative subjects (choose from Art, Music, Drama and Design and Engineering). Those choosing Latin with Greek take only one creative subject.
There are usually three homeworks set each night (Monday to Friday) and they are intended to take 30 minutes each.
FIFTH FORMS (years 10 and 11)
All seven core subjects are studied: English; English Literature; Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Physics and French. Three additional subjects are chosen from a number of options: Geography; History; Theology and Philosophy; Latin; Greek; German; Spanish; Mandarin; Art; Music; Design and Engineering; Drama and 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 in the lower fifth (not fourth form), Games, Religious Studies and PSHE as part of their non-examined curriculum. All boys in the fifth forms devote Friday afternoons to co-curricular activities (CCAs). CCAs on offer include our Combined Cadet Force (army, navy and RAF), community projects and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, alongside many other options.
There are usually three homeworks set each night (Monday to Friday) and they are intended to take 30 to 40 minutes each.
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 with at least three subjects throughout the upper sixth. Pupils also complete an extended project, the King’s Essay, on a subject of their own choice at the end of the lower sixth. 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 and 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. 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.