The senior school academic programme aims to combine breadth of academic study with a co-curricular programme of exceptional range and diversity. All pupils study English, Mathematics, the three sciences and French to GCSE or IGCSE. They choose their remaining subjects from a wide range of options within the humanities, languages, and creative/performing arts.
The co-curricular programme provides an exciting counterpoint to this academic programme. In addition to their games afternoon, all pupils participate in a programme of activities and sports on Friday afternoon.
Pupils study either A levels or the International Baccalaureate diploma (IB) in the sixth form. A levels enable pupils to focus on their four chosen subjects, whilst the IB ensures that pupils further develop their core skills in English, Mathematics, languages, and science, whilst allowing them also to pursue options in areas of strong personal interest. Both are popular routes for our pupils, and both make an ideal preparation for university and working life.
In 2015 the government introduced a number of phased changes to A levels and GCSEs. This means that some A levels are assessed as two year courses with all exam based assessment completed at the end of the upper sixth year, while other courses follow a modular pattern for the time being. From the perspective of GCSE, grading will adopt a pattern. This is also likely to change for IGCSEs in time.