The core subjects are English, Mathematics, a modern or classical language and the sciences. They are complemented by an extensive choice, including Art, Photography, Textiles, Business Studies, Design Technology, Food Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education and Religious Studies.
Pupils are helped to make informed choices so that they can reach their true potential. The most able pupils are stretched through the scholars' programme and a nationally accredited scheme for able, gifted and talented pupils, with extended reading and discussion groups to encourage independent thinking. For those needing extra guidance and support, the Learning Support and English as an Additional Language Departments provide tailored lessons.