The Middle School Key Stage 4 courses are in line with national priorities in education and pupils take nine GCSEs.
The aim of the Middle School Curriculum is to provide a strong foundation for GCSE and the future challenges of the Sixth Form. It builds on the foundations laid in the core subjects already studied, but also adds new subjects to stimulate and extend pupils' thinking. Great emphasis is placed on developing independence and also on study skills, such as the ability to research an answer and present findings through a talk, blog, project or report. Differentiated learning is recognised and embraced using mobile technology in the classroom, which maximises pupil engagement and helps to nurture the enjoyment of learning in these formative years. 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.
In Year 10, pupils take the following core subjects: English (most study language and literature as separate GCSEs), mathematics, one language (chosen from French, German, Latin and Spanish) and science. Pupils can choose to take the separate sciences or the double award.
Three additional GCSE subjects are chosen from geography, history, religious studies, classical civilisation, a second language, media studies, art, music, drama, design technology, PE (academic) and business. If pupils select separate sciences, then one of their three optional subjects will be the third science. Pupils are encouraged to consider at least one humanity from classical civilisation, geography, history and religious studies and one creative subject from art, design technology, music and drama. A small number of pupils will receive targeted support in literacy and numeracy instead of a modern foreign language.