The Leys

Curriculum Information


Curriculum Overview

Years 7-8

The first priority for new pupils is to settle quickly and happily. Those who enter the School at this point do so in the knowledge that the curriculum and all other aspects of their School life are designed to ease their transition from primary to secondary education, as well as to ensure a sound basis for progression through to GCSE and beyond.

In Years 7 and 8 pupils study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Divinity and all start French and Latin as beginners. In addition, everyone studies History, Geography, Art, Cookery, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Music and Physical Education. The Year 8 curriculum is the same, but German is introduced for all. In addition to timetabled lessons, pupils will have regular tutorial time for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Study Skills and Library Skills.

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are expected to spend about 90 minutes each day on prep which will be set for particular nights, following a set timetable. For boarders, this is supervised in the house. There are two classes of 15 pupils per year, i.e. 30 pupils per year in Years 7 and 8.

Year 9

The main objective of the Year 9 curriculum is to ensure that pupils settle quickly and happily and make the transition successfully. The curriculum is broad so that all pupils experience a wide range of subjects and then make choices for GCSE from a position of knowledge.

All pupils study: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Divinity, Art, Computing, Drama, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education and PSHE. In addition, most pupils study two Modern Foreign languages (French, German or Spanish) and have the choice between Latin and Classical Civilisation.

Pupils are expected to undertake a minimum of 90 minutes of prep each night and, in boarding houses, this is supervised. There are c. 100 pupils in Year 9, divided into five classes of 20 pupils.

Years 10-11

In Years 10 and 11, all pupils study the Core Curriculum, which is: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Divinity. In addition, nearly all pupils study at least one Modern Foreign Language (French, German and Spanish) and choose three further options. There is one lesson of PSHE and there is an option to start Ancient Greek at this stage.

Read more in the GCSE Booklet

Sixth Form

The Sixth Form comprises the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth and only A levels are taught. The Leys does not offer the IB.

There are c. 100 pupils in each year group, with roughly 10-12 in each class (dependent on subject choice).

From September 2016, pupils will study three subjects and there will be no AS exams in Lower Sixth. Mathematics and Further Mathematics count as one choice. A fourth subject may only be taken in exceptional circumstances and following discussion with the Director of Studies.

The majority of Sixth Form pupils are approaching their seventeenth year when they join in the Autumn term, the main point of entry.

A level Subject Choices

Read more in the A Level Booklet

Further details of the curriculum are available in the departmental pages. For specific questions please email:



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