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Academic Support

Inside and outside the classroom, pupils are challenged through teaching by enthusiastic and dedicated specialist teachers. Careful planning has devised a programme of visits, lectures, tutoring and prep to support the learning. House-based tutors each support seven or eight boys or girls throughout their time at the school.

Pupils are also prepared with care for examinations and university, and are encouraged to develop independent thought and inquiring minds.



Third Form Overview

The Third Form curriculum emphasises breadth and depth of understanding; every pupil studies the same wide range of subjects including two modern languages. They will either take three separate sciences, counting as three GCSEs, or a balanced double award science course, which counts as two GCSEs. In this year the aim is to explore each subject, allowing study of a wider range of topics with a greater depth of understanding. We do not aim to cover the topics quickly or superficially.

Our aim is to make the Third Form curriculum as exciting and as challenging as possible. As well as preparing Third Formers for the start of their GCSE courses, we hope to expose them to a wide range of new ideas, teaching them useful techniques and instilling productive work habits.

In addition to an all-round academic education, there are lots of opportunities to try new sports and activities with our extensive sports and co-curricular programmes.



GCSE Overview

Pupils study ten subjects in the Fourth and Fifth Forms: English, English Literature, mathematics, all three sciences (either through triple or double award) and four or five others. All are expected to choose one modern foreign language and a large number study two. Please see the GCSE courses booklet for greater detail of all that is on offer.



Sixth Form Overview

A level pupils usually choose to study four subjects from a range of 21, although some study five. Careful advice is given from the outset to ensure that choices match the requirements of popular courses at prestigious universities. Pupils are also able to opt for the modern AQA baccalaureate, with the additional programme of AS critical thinking, enrichment activities and extended project. Please see the A level courses booklet for greater detail.



The Tutor System

We are committed to ensuring that every one of our pupils is known and valued as an individual and that the structures of support are close and effective. As a result, each pupil has a tutor who will support them in their whole school life, with their pastoral as well as academic studies.

Tutors are experienced at putting together individual plans to ensure each pupil is happy and thriving as well as achieving.

The tutor takes care of the pupil's academic and co-curricular growth and engagement throughout their time with us. One-to-one meetings take place weekly, providing an opportunity for both tutor and pupil to develop trust and understanding.

When pupils enter the Sixth Form they are able to choose their own tutor, who is a member of our academic staff. This relationship enables pupils' learning to flourish and helps them to engage with adults in a productive and increasingly mature way, taking responsibility for their own academic development.



Extended Project Qualification

We offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a major piece of research culminating in an extended essay. It encourages independent thinking at an advanced level and has proved useful to students preparing for university application. Details can be found towards the end of the booklet. The Project is optional, but we hope that the majority of our students will elect to do it as part of their Sixth Form studies.




Philosothon started in 2007 with seven schools participating at Hale School in Western Australia. Since then it has grown phenomenally, and currently involves over 250 schools. Father Mark Smith and Julie Arliss from the Philosophy & Religion Department at King's have now spearheaded the Philosothon movement in the United Kingdom.

Philosothons encourage students to investigate complex philosophical and ethical questions using 'Communities of Enquiry'. In the process of preparing and participating in Philosothons, pupils have the opportunity to develop higher order thinking and communication skills.

Important as debating skills are, the model of Community of Enquiry is different and seeks to develop rigorous skills of dialogue, where every voice is heard and every idea is taken seriously.


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