The extra time available in the Upper School means that we are able to offer an electives programme. This innovative programme of modular options is a key component of our Upper School curriculum and contains a wide range of studies and life skills that are valuable and form part of a great education. Students in the Third and Fourth Form will spend a double lesson each week in their chosen elective which rotates every half-term.
Students may choose to try something entirely new or they may prefer to further develop an existing interest. The elective courses give students the ability to choose what they learn without the pressure of an examined course. A very small number of elective choices offer accreditation for the work undertaken.
Whilst the electives available will vary over time, examples might include a new language started ab initio, an art related elective in clay modelling or special effects prosthetics, a programme of enterprise and entrepreneurship, linguistic challenges, photography, stop frame animation, website design, film appreciation or forensic psychology.
The electives programme also encompasses the RGS Outreach and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) provision encouraging and enabling students to be involved with, and create benefits for, the local community. Every student will undertake a rotation of Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) as one of their elective choices.
Upper School students will also continue with PE and games lessons each week alongside their academic studies and electives choices.