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Senior School Curriculum

Senior School Curriculum

The Senior School curriculum stimulates enthusiasm for learning, curiosity and creativity. It is balanced and broadly based, and it is designed to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils.

The curriculum is complemented by opportunities for extension activities, including participation in the UK Mathematics Challenge, creative writing workshops, play readings and preparation for extension papers in the Sixth Form.

Pupils are setted from Year 7 in Mathematics and they are later setted in English, French and the sciences.  Pupils' progress is monitored closely and there is always movement between groups.

Alongside their other subjects, all pupils receive a programme of PSHE (personal, social and health education) which complements the academic curriculum. SHE occupies a single period every week, with occasional extended lectures. Topics covered include life skills, health education, sex education, study skills, citizenship, environmental education and careers.  Full details of this curriculum are available from the school office (office@fhs-sw1.org.uk)

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

In the first year of Senior School (Year 7), pupils study Religious Studies, English, French, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology,  History, Geography, Art, 3D study, Drama, Music, Physical Education, Computing, Touch-typing, Latin, PSHE and Enrichment. In Year 8, Speech and Debating, History of Art and Cross-curricular Creativity are introduced. Pupils in Year 9 begin a second modern foreign language, which may be either German or Spanish and drop Drama.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

The compulsory core of GCSE subjects is Religious Studies (short course), English Language, English Literature, French, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Pupils choose a further three GCSE subjects from a list of options comprising Art, Classical Civilisation, Classical Greek, Computing, Drama, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education and Spanish. There is no pre-blocking of options, allowing pupils free choice in their combination of subjects. All pupils have lessons in Physical Education.

Girls demonstrate outstanding attitudes to learning throughout the school.

ISI Report April 2017

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