Curriculum

Our curriculum provides a broad, liberal education and the specialist preparation needed for further study.

The curriculum is continually under review and parents will be notified of any changes.

First Year

SubjectPeriods per WeekNotes
Mathematics4The highest ability boys go to "Extension Maths" for 1 period
English4
Modern Language4Boys choose one of French/German/Spanish which they study to the end of the Fifth Year
Biology2
Chemistry2
Physics2
Geography2
History2
Latin3
Religious Studies2
Physical Education2
Design Technology2
Art2Taught as half-forms
Music2
Computing and Coding1Double staffed
Sport2A free choice of:

Football (Autumn/Spring)
Rugby (Autumn/Spring)
Athletics (Summer)
Cricket (Summer)
Tennis (Summer)
Form Period1Whole School timetabled slot
Assembly1Whole School timetabled slot

Second Year

SubjectPeriods per WeekNotes
Mathematics4The highest ability boys go to "Extension Maths" for 1 period
English4
Modern Language4
Biology2
Chemistry2
Physics2
Geography2
History2
Latin3
Religious Studies2
Physical Education1
Drama1
Design Technology2Taught as half-forms or 2 forms/3 teachers
Art2Taught as half-forms
Music2
Computing and Coding 1Double staffed
Sport2A free choice of:

Football (Autumn/Spring)
Rugby (Autumn/Spring)
Athletics (Summer)
Cricket (Summer)
Rowing (Summer)
Tennis (Summer)
Form Period1Whole School timetabled slot
Assembly1Whole School timetabled slot

Third Year

SubjectPeriods per WeekNotes
Mathematics4Forms are divided into 3 bands of 3 Forms. Within each band, boys are set by ability injto 4 sets. The highest ability boys go to "Extension Maths" for 1 period
English4
Modern Language3Boys are set by ability and smaller sets are created
Biology3
Chemistry3
Physics3
Geography2
History2
Religious Studies1
Physical Education1
Computing and Coding 1Double staffed
Sport2A free choice of:

Climbing (All Year)
Rowing (All Year)
Football (Autumn/Spring)
Rugby (Autumn/Spring)
Athletics (Summer)
Cricket (Summer)
Rowing (Summer)
Tennis (Summer)
Form Period1Whole School timetabled slot
Assembly1Whole School timetabled slot
Three Option Subjects3 x 3 A choice of three subjects from the list below - at least one from Group A and one from Group B

Group A
Art, Design Technology, Drama, Music

Group B
French, German, Ancient Greek, Latin, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish (all except latin are ab initio)

Fourth Year

SubjectPeriods per WeekNotes
Mathematics5Set across the year in11 sets. The highest ability boys go to "Extension Maths" for 1 period
English4
Modern Language4Boys are set by ability across two halves of the year group
Biology3Taught as "Science classes", set by ability. Each band of three forms is set into four Science classes
Chemistry3
Physics3
Life Issues/ Mindfulness1Half-year carousel
Physical Education1
Sport2A free choice of:

Climbing (All Year)
Rowing (All Year)
Football (Autumn/Spring)
Rugby (Autumn/Spring)
Athletics (Summer)
Cricket (Summer)
Rowing (Summer)
Tennis (Summer)
Form Period1Whole School timetabled slot
Assembly1Whole School timetabled slot
Three Option Subjects3 x 4 A free choice of from:

Ancient History, Art, Design Technology, Drama, French, Geography, German, Ancient Greek, History, Latin, Mandarin, Music, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish

Fifth Year

SubjectPeriods per WeekNotes
Mathematics5Set across the year in11 sets. The highest ability boys go to "Extension Maths" for 1 period
English5Four extra sets made to make thirteen smaller classes
Modern Language4Boys are set by ability across two halves of the year group
Biology3Taught as "Science classes", set by ability. Each band of three forms is set into four Science classes
Chemistry3
Physics3
Sport3A free choice of:

Badminton (All year)
Basketball (All year)
Fitness (All year)
Weights (All year)
Football (Internal League) (All year)
Football (Team) (All year)
Climbing (All year)
Golf (All year)
Rowing (All year)
Rugby (All year)
Running (All year)
Sailing/Windsurfing (All year)
Squash (All year)
Table Tennis (All year)
Volleyball (All year)
Athletics (Summer)
Cricket (Summer)
Tennis (Summer)
Form Period1Whole School timetabled slot
Assembly1Whole School timetabled slot
Three Option Subjects3 x 4 A free choice of from:

Ancient History, Art, Design Technology, Drama, French, Geography, German, Ancient Greek, History, Latin, Mandarin, Music, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish

Lower Sixth

SubjectPeriods per WeekNotes
Sport3A free choice of:

Badminton (All year)
Basketball (All year)
Fitness (All year)
Weights (All year)
Football (Internal League) (All year)
Football (Team) (All year)
Climbing (All year)
Golf (All year)
Rowing (All year)
Rugby (All year)
Running (All year)
Sailing/Windsurfing (All year)
Squash (All year)
Tennis (All year)
Table Tennis (All year)
Volleyball (All year)
Alternative Activity Off-Site (All year)
Private Study (All year)
Athletics (Summer)
Cricket (Summer)
Form Period1Whole School timetabled slot
Assembly1Whole School timetabled slot
Curriculum Enrichment2A carousel of Science & Technology, Music & Sociology, Current Affairs, Thinking Skills, Politics & Citizenship, Community Service
Four Option Subjects3 x 7

**Further Mathematics is taught with an allocation of 9 periods.
A free choice of four from:

Ancient History, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, Ancient Greek, Late History, Early History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics**, Music, Philosophy and Ethics, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish

Upper Sixth

SubjectPeriods per WeekNotes
Sport3A free choice of:

Badminton (All year)
Basketball (All year)
Fitness (All year)
Weights (All year)
Football (Internal League) (All year)
Football (Team) (All year)
Climbing (All year)
Golf (All year)
Rowing (All year)
Rugby (All year)
Running (All year)
Sailing/Windsurfing (All year)
Squash (All year)
Tennis (All year)
Table Tennis (All year)
Volleyball (All year)
Alternative Activity Off-Site (All year)
Private Study (All year)
Athletics (Summer)
Cricket (Summer)
Form Period1Whole School timetabled slot
Assembly1Whole School timetabled slot
Curriculum Enrichment2A carousel of Science & Technology, Music & Sociology, Current Affairs, Thinking Skills, Politics & Citizenship, Computing & Coding, Community Service
Three Option Subjects3 x 9

**Further Mathematics (and Additional Further Mathematics) is taught with an allocation of 11 periods.
A free choice (depending on the courses studied) of three subjects from the other four subjects studied in the Lower Sixth