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Curriculum Information

Curriculum Information

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, 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.

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, a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, or Spanish) and choose:

One Additional Language One Classical Three Creative
French Classical Civilisation Art
German Latin Computing*
Spanish Music Design & Technology
Greek Drama
Computer Science* Music
Sport Science and PE

*Computer Science and Computing cannot be taken together.

Year 9 Options Booklet

Years 10-11

In Years 10 and 11, all pupils study the Core Curriculum, which is: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition, nearly all pupils study at least one Modern Foreign Language (French, German and Spanish) and choose three further options.

GCSE Options Booklet

Sixth Form

The Sixth Form comprises the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth and only A Levels are taught. The majority of pupils start the Lower Sixth with four subjects, but will only take three as qualifications. This allows them to make subject choices from a position of knowledge.

A Level Options BookletA Level Subject Choices

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

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Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at The Leys comprises the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth, with approximately 100 pupils in each. We teach A levels only, and do not offer the IB.

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