As a grammar school, we place considerable emphasis on acquiring good work habits in the early years.
All pupils are set homework each weekday evening, starting with about one hour of work in the Lower School and increasing thereafter. Pupils learn self-discipline and the skills of independent study, so that they are equipped not only for the public examinations that come later, but also for the world beyond.
The curriculum is broad. All students in the First and Second Forms study a wide range of subjects, designed to keep their options open for as long as possible. There is no streaming, but pupils are in ability bands for Mathematics.
There is plenty of opportunity to explore creative opportunities both within the curriculum in music, drama, design and technology, art, food and nutrition etc and through the wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs available.
During their time in the Second Form, students will begin to make decisions about their GCSE choices with guidance from their teachers, tutors and Head of Year.
A key feature of the Upper School is the flexibility of subject choice available for GCSE courses. Each student will study English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the students will then have a free choice for their other four options – many will choose to continue studying a language (or two), for example, but this is not compulsory. Similarly, if a student particularly enjoys computing and technology they are able to choose both Computer Science and ICT. This flexibility extends beyond the choice of individual subjects, some students will opt to take 9 GCSEs if they require extra support in certain areas of the curriculum.