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Ditcham Park School - Senior

The senior school provides an environment in which each individual pupil can develop his or her talents and potential to the full. The curriculum is broadly based, discouraging early specialisation, but with an emphasis on the core subjects of Maths, English and Science.

It incorporates the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4, with additional material as appropriate. 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.

Forms 1 and 2 (Years 7 & 8)

All pupils study English, Mathematics, Science, French, Latin, History, Geography, Music, Art, Drama, Design Technology, ICT, Religious Education, Spanish and PE/Games.

Forms 3 (Year 9)

Pupils start to study Biology, Physics and Chemistry as separate subjects and begin their ICT GCSE (short course)

Forms 4 and 5 (Years 10 & 11)

Pupils study 10 GCSE subjects. The five compulsory core subjects are English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, ICT (short course) and a Science. Depending on the pupil's individual interests and abilities, a further five subjects are:
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined, Science, French, Spanish, Latin, Geography, History, Design Technology, Business Studies Music, Theatre Art, Art 2D, Art


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 lunch breaks. Many pupils also have extra lessons in music and speech and drama..