A firm foundation the GCSE curriculum builds on the skills, knowledge and positive attitudes that we foster in the Lower School and Third Form. Knowledge-rich, GCSE and IGCSE courses provide our students with the opportunity to develop independent research and study skills that effectively prepare students for Sixth Form. 

Our students are taught IGCSE English Language and English Literature through a single course, although we offer specialist courses for our EAL students. All pupils take Mathematics, Dual Award Science and a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish).

Pupils then choose three subjects from the following options: Art, Classical Civilisation, Computing, Drama, a second Modern Foreign Language, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies or Technology (Design Technology or Food Technology). We invite our gifted scientists who show commitment and passion for all three sciences the option to take Biology, allowing them to study Triple Science.

The option blocks are constructed to meet the choices of individuals, but checks are made to ensure that pupils follow a balanced programme and keep career and further study options open.

All pupils follow a non-examined course in PSHE and participate in a rich range of Games and PE. Throughout the GCSE years, the emphasis is to cover the curriculum thoroughly, go beyond it and prepare for Sixth Form study.

Pupils are taught in ability sets for English, Mathematics and Science.