At KS4 students study IGCSEs in English, Maths plus one Modern Foreign Language and one Humanities subject (History, Geography, or Business Studies). The majority of students take all IGCSEs at the end of Y11, though opportunities exist to take some subjects at the end of Y10. Most students will take between 8 and 11 IGCSEs.
EAL support is offered to those students who are identified as needing additional help with English and these students study a reduced number of subjects or receive in-class support. Learning Support is also offered to students identified as needing additional help with their learning, either as in-class support or instead of an IGCSE option.
The option choices available for 2017-19 are:
- Additional Maths*
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Design and Technology
- Dual Science (counts as two option choices)
- English as an Additional Language
- Information Technology
- Modern Foreign Languages** (including French, Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin and Spanish)
- Physical Education (PE)
*Additional Mathematics is by invitation and dependent on ability. Additional Mathematics is taught within Mathematics curriculum time.
**Japanese as a Foreign Language (non-taught) is available.
All students select three science subjects or the dual award science course. Students who have English as a second language may be advised to take a single subject Combined Science IGCSE course which allows them additional study time and extra English support.
In addition, from September 2017 students may elect to study for non-IGCSE subjects: English Speaking Board examinations and Mandarin proficiency (HSK) examinations.
Students are supported and encouraged to become organised, inquisitive and independent learners. Students are supported in managing their time effectively: there is a timetable of prep (homework) that students must complete every evening.
As part of the application process students take standardised on-line tests to measure their potential in Maths, English and non-verbal reasoning. Students also take tests to assess their English Language competency. This baseline data is used to track all students so that they continue to make progress and to set aspirational targets for the end of Year 11. For the core subjects, Maths and English, students are placed in groups according to their ability. Students in the top two English sets also study for English Literature IGCSE.
Students study Life Skills as part of their Tutor Period each morning. Student progress and attainment plus comments about progress are reported twice every term to parents via the on-line Parent Portal. There are regular academic and pastoral parent-teacher consultation meetings.