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Academic overview

We want all of our pupils to be academically curious, intellectually ambitious, creative and imaginative.

We believe that our pupils should be equipped with powerful knowledge that allows them to understand and make sense of the world around them.

“Pupils listen actively to the teacher and to each other in lessons and this enhances their learning considerably.”

ISI Inspection Report 2022

Our unrivalled curriculum supports pupils to understand how to apply this powerful knowledge, and seek out opportunities to use it with imagination.

We want our pupils to go beyond what has already been thought and said. Our distinctive education allows pupils to identify as subject specialists and to understand the responsibility that comes with being at the forefront of academic enquiry.

In Years 7 and 8, the curriculum consists of a strong core of subjects, which is complemented with extended workshops in Technology and Computing, extended periods for Music and Drama and two full afternoons of PE and Games. As pupils progress into Year 9, the core is further complemented by a series of bespoke courses, which range from Advanced Astrophysics to Global Civilisations; these enable our pupils to start to follow their passions.

In Years 10 and 11, by offering all of our pupils the chance to study ten or eleven GCSEs, we ensure that the curriculum retains breadth.

Into the Sixth Form, our broad and balanced curriculum is offered through choice: pupils can choose the IBDP or the A Level pathway, and , if they opt for the latter, their studies are complemented by a series of Academic Electives that enable them to specialise in areas of specific interest.

Miles Tomkins
Deputy Head (Academic)