In Years 3 and 4 the boys are taught by a class teacher for the majority of subjects. Only Music, French , ICT, DT, PE and Games are taught by specialists. There is some informal setting in Maths and English at this point of the school, but the sets are quite fluid at this stage of the school.
When the boys get to Year 5 they have subject specialists for all curriculum areas. The subjects taught are English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, ICT, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama, PE , PHSE and Games. There are A and B sets for Maths and Science and different A and B sets for English and French. Both sets are taught by the same teacher and sit the same examination at the end of the year - it is just the approach to teaching the sets that is different. One lesson a week of General Studies lessons in Year 5 helps the boys to prepare for any entrance tests they might be taking during Year 6, particularly 11+ entrance to Grammar School.
In Year 7 a second foreign language is introduced and boys choose between Spanish and Latin. The curriculum through Years 7 and 8 is designed so that boys who need to take Common Entrance examinations at the end of Year 8 are in a position to do so successfully. However, most boys do not sit Common Entrance examinations and the curriculum in those years, particularly in the core subjects is aimed at preparing the boys for the GCSE syllabuses which lie ahead.
In Year 9 the boys finish the topics from the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum which are outstanding and then begin work on GCSE syllabuses. At this stage they keep all subjects going and decisions are made in the latter part of the year as to which subjects they will take through to GCSE.
At GCSE all boys take English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Core Science, Additional Science and French. They then choose four other subjects from History, Geography, Religious Studies, ICT, Art, Music, Drama, Design Technology, Spanish, Latin, Physical Education and Individual Sciences which means means each boy ends up with 10 GCSEs. Further details about the subject specifications can be found in the GCSE booklet.
Topics currently being studied by year groups this term are summarised in the subject headings above.