Upper School Curriculum


We are ambitious in challenging our students not only to fulfil but also to maximise their potential in their studies and their activities. Our aim is to provide inspirational teaching that extends the abilities of all our students, recognizing their individual needs and engendering in them a genuine love of scholarship. Encouraging individual thought and independent learning has enabled us to create a closer focus on individual students to ensure that they are understanding and progressing with their studies. We also support students to develop grit and determination in all aspects of their studies; we all fail, but it’s how we learn from that which counts.

Pupils respond well to a thoughtfully constructed curriculum and to teaching that demands active engagement by pupils. ISI Inspection Report 2021


To find out more about the GCSE curriculum please download the current course guide here.

Current A-level choices are outlined in the attached booklet, please click here for full details of the courses.

It is important to note that the inclusion of a subject in this booklet does not guarantee that it will appear on the final timetable in the event of insufficient demand. It should also be noted that on occasion some combinations of subjects may prove impossible to timetable. Subject groupings will be decided on the basis of initial student choices. Once the subject groupings have been decided, students will be asked to make their final choice of subjects.



Homework will encourage your child to put what they have learned into practice. He/she will develop self-reliance, and self-discipline. Homework has many important functions, which include:

  • Helping students to make more rapid progress in learning
  • Encouraging independent learning and self discipline
  • Allowing students to practise skills learned in the classroom
  • Giving students the opportunity to use materials and sources of information that may not be available in the classroom
  • Involving other members of the family in the student’s work to their mutual benefit
  • Giving opportunities for sustained research
  • Giving students experience of working to deadlines
  • Aiding the preparation of learning styles essential for success at tertiary education

Homework is set according to a specific timetable for each Year Group and seeks to be relevant, appropriate and interesting. Year 7 are set a combination of traditional style short tasks alongside guided research activities aimed at developing their independent learning. This pattern is extended through Years 8 and 9. In the GCSE and A level years, homework becomes focused on exam preparation, steadily increasing in length and frequency.


Communication is fundamentally important to us. Regular feedback about academic performance is provided by careful and consistent marking of work, by comments to individuals and groups, in discussions with parents and in formal reports. Mid-term gradings give an indication as to whether students are working to their potential. They provide immediate information on student performance with brief comments if required. Each term ends with a fuller written report along with a further grading.

Annual Parents’ Evenings provide the formal opportunity for parents to meet with subject teachers. However, we urge parents who are concerned about their child’s performance to make immediate contact with the teacher, tutor or Head of Year at College rather than waiting for the next parents’ meeting.

The assessment of student achievement should be regarded as one component of the overall programme of educational planning in the College. The system of reporting seeks to ensure that parents and students are fully aware of both general and individual progress. It is intended to support educational goals, give positive reinforcement to our students and give valuable feedback to the classroom teacher.