The Senior Department provides an environment in which each individual pupil can develop his or her talents and potential to the full. The curriculum is broadly based, discourages early specialisation, and places an emphasis on the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science and Modern Foreign Languages.
The curriculum is guided by the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 and incorporates additional material in order to provide academic stimulation and flexibility in the courses we provide . Teaching techniques are varied and interesting with the use of audio-visual aids, ICT and educational visits. All pupils are expected to do homework each evening.
All pupils study English, Mathematics, Science, French, Latin, History, Geography, Music, Art, Drama, Design Technology, ICT, Religious Education, Spanish and PE/Games.
Pupils start to study Biology, Physics and Chemistry as separate subjects and begin their ICT ECDL. Pupils will have the opportunity to choose between Drama and Latin at this stage in their learning.
Pupils study 10 GCSE subjects. The compulsory subjects are English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, French and ICT. Further to this students will choose between Double or Triple Science and then a further three subjects from the Option subjects of Spanish, Latin, Geography, History, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Art. In addition all pupils have 10% of the timetable devoted to PE and Games, and a course in Personal, Social and Health Education is covered in Forms 1-4, with Citizenship and Further Education in Form 5. The school firmly believes that it is important for young people to consider and debate issues which affect them as individuals living within global, national and local communities. All pupils have 10% of the timetable devoted to PE and Games, and a course in Personal, Social and Health Education is covered in forms 1-3, with Citizenship and Further Education in form 5; the school firmly believes that it is important for young people to consider and debate issues which affect them as individuals living in the wider community.
In addition to the classroom curriculum, pupils are required to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, which mainly take place during the extended lunch period. Many pupils also have extra lessons in Music and Speech and Drama.