Lower school

Education is about much more than examination results alone. We encourage a love of learning in our pupils, which broadens their horizons and inspires a sense of wonder about the world around them.

In the first three years, our pupils study a rich and exciting curriculum. It is intended to introduce new ideas, stimulate debate and lay the foundations for good work habits. It provides a springboard for choice at GCSE and A level in a range of national and international qualifications.



First Year curriculum

  • Art
  • Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught together)
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • ICT/Computing
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages – pupils will study two languages from French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • PSHE
  • Religion and Philosophy


Second Year curriculum

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT/Computing
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages – pupils continue with the language options they made in First Year
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • PSHE
  • Religion and Philosophy

Third Year curriculum

Core curriculum

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language – one language to be selected from those studied in First and Second Year
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • PSHE

Selection of three additional options

  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (top set only, studied with Latin)
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Music
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Spanish


The curriculum is complemented by an extensive range of academic clubs and societies.