At King’s we are committed to the success of each pupil. As you will see from this GCSE Courses Booklet we offer a broad range of subjects, and a freedom of choice which very few other schools can match. We cannot guarantee that every combination will work, but each year almost all pupils are able to take the subjects of their choice.
In the Fourth and Fifth Forms pupils study the core subjects of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics and the Sciences. They have the choice of taking three separate sciences, counting as three GCSEs, or a balanced double award science course, which counts as two GCSEs. They are expected to study at least one modern foreign language. They are then free to choose their remaining three or four subjects. There is plenty of advice available on which subjects to choose from Housemasters and Housemistresses, House Tutors, careers staff, and Heads of Department.
Most pupils take ten GCSEs, but this is not essential and we always try to tailor the workload to suit the individual. Progress is carefully monitored throughout the GCSE years and all necessary support will be given to ensure that each pupil achieves the best results of which he or she is capable.
Parents can always discuss particular problems with the Housemaster or Housemistress, the House Tutor or Head of Department, or with the Deputy Heads – Mr Lawford and Mrs McSwiggan – or with me. We are all here to help.