Teaching groups are arranged on the basis of age (i.e. Years 7, 8, 9, 10, etc). Teaching takes place in mixed ability groups, apart from Mathematics (Years 7-11), Modern Foreign Languages (Year 8 upwards) and Science (Years 10-11) where ability groupings are used.
The organisation of mixed ability groups is completed on the basis of information made available by primary schools prior to transfer of girls at Year 7. The progress of all girls is carefully monitored by staff, with regular assessments taking place to ensure that appropriate programmes of study are being provided for all ability levels. If appropriate to the task, differentiated learning materials are made available to girls. A system of 8-weekly reports exists for girls in Years 7–11, which provides information on attitude to learning, attainment and homework. Every girl has a homework diary which can be used as a means of communication between home and school.
A range of teaching styles and techniques is used throughout the curriculum. This is intended to provide varied and stimulating learning for girls with the methodology of the lesson being determined by that which best suits the subject matter.
In Key Stage 4 and the Sixth Form, for public examination purposes every subject is taught according to the exam board specifications (GCSE or A Level) and the guidance of the subject leader concerned.
The curriculum in Years 7–11 is organised to comply with the National Curriculum. In Years 7-9, girls follow a programme in which all the subjects listed below are taught separately.
Music Modern Foreign Languages*
Physical Education (PE)
Religious Education (RE) Science
*From Year 7 girls study either French or German. Some girls in Years 8 and 9 have the opportunity to study a second modern foreign language.
In Years 10 and 11, all girls currently study a core curriculum which encompasses:
GCSE English Literature
GCSE French or German
GCSE Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
GCSE RE (full or short course)
plus non-examination courses in PE.
In addition to this core, all girls must select further subjects from a list which includes GCSE Art, Music, Drama, Geography, History, PE, a second foreign language, Business Studies, Child Development, Photography, Computing, Food Technology, Product Design, Textiles Technology and BTEC Digital Applications.
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