In year 7 all pupils study English, mathematics, science, classical studies (which includes some Latin), history, geography, religious studies, art and design, music, food, ICT, drama and physical education. Pupils will experience French, German and Spanish before being helped to decide which language to continue. Latin continues in year 8.
From year 9, science is taught as biology, chemistry and physics. This is the start of the exam courses in these subjects. In this year pupils choose a second ancient or modern language and are advised on whether to study Latin or classical civilisation. They also chose two subjects from: art and design, drama, food, ICT and music. Careers lessons and interviews with staff help pupils to choose their year 10 option subjects.
Most GCSE courses start in year 10. Pupils choose three optional subjects from: art and design, classical civilisation, classical Greek, computer science, drama, food preparation and nutrition, French, geography, German, history, Latin, music, physical education, religious studies or Spanish. The remaining seven subjects are compulsory: English, English literature, mathematics, three sciences and a modern language chosen from French, German and Spanish. Physical education and religious studies continue as non-exam courses.
In the sixth form most students study four subjects at AS in year 12 and three subjects at A level in year 13. The subjects offered are: English literature, mathematics, French, biology, chemistry, physics, art and design, classical civilisation, Classical Greek, drama, food, geography, German, history, Latin, music, religious studies, Spanish, economics, business, government and politics, computer science, further mathematics and psychology. The enrichment programme in years 12 and 13 includes recreational activities and the opportunity to take a range of courses including the extended project qualification (EPQ) and the European computer driving licence.
Ability setting is used where appropriate in years 7-11 but the majority of teaching is in mixed ability groups. The timetable is constructed as far as possible around the pupils’ choices of subjects but normally at least seven students are needed for a viable group. Some sixth form courses are taught jointly with students from Loughborough Grammar School and/or Our Lady’s Convent School. All year groups follow a PSHCE programme appropriate to their age and needs.
Additional qualifications are offered on an extra-curricular basis at appropriate points in the upper part of school. These include the Institute of Financial Services qualifications.