Our curriculum is designed to enable pupils to fully realise their academic potential by becoming successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. It is also designed to equip pupils with the skills and qualities needed to meet the challenges of life in a fast-changing world. Breadth and balance are important features of our curriculum design.
The school provides a curriculum for selective pupils aged 11-18. The school’s curriculum is guided by the National Curriculum and we regularly review and update the curriculum, implementing initiatives that best suit pupils of selective ability.
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is broadened and deepened by the inclusion of several days called Challenge Days. Year 7 boys take part in two Challenge Days, Year 8 receive one & likewise one in Year 9. These Challenge Days provide SGS pupils opportunities to learn and be challenged beyond that provided by normal subject lessons.
The essence of the Key Stage 4 curriculum is the balance between a curriculum that offers breadth and that of pupil choice.
All pupils follow the statutory Key Stage 4 subjects of Maths, English (Lit. and Language), Science, P.E., Games, R.E. and Citizenship.
To ensure breadth, the school insists that all pupils continue to study at least one modern foreign language to GCSE. We also continue with a Form Tutor period and in Y10, we offer a Young Enterprise course. There are careers lessons in years 10 and 11, and there is access to independent careers advice on an individual basis. STEM lessons are offered to students in Y10 and Y11 once a fortnight. These lesson are offered as an option within Maths GCSE lessons.
Five ‘fixed’ subject blocks are timetabled, three for Science and one each for English and Maths.
Four GCSE Option blocks are also offered and cover all the GCSE subjects listed in this Curriculum Section.
All Sixth form boys study 4 full A level subjects. We believe that committing to four A-level subjects for two years is the best post-16 preparation for university and working life.
Another aspect of our sixth form is the pre-U global perspectives course. We expect all students in the sixth form to take this course. It provides valuable experience in reading sources and evaluating arguments that we believe are of value to all students. It is a one year course assessed by two coursework tasks and a short exam and the result will be available when university applications are made.
Both AS and A level courses receive an equal number of lessons – 11 lessons per fortnight.
During the post-AS exam period the Sixth Form pupils will take part in the school’s Extended Project. This is a piece of independent research into an academic topic of interest to the student. We interpret ‘academic’ in a wide sense, to encompass the full range of studies that students currently take at school, and may take at university.
School Day Pattern
Pattern of the School Day Every fortnight consists of 70 teaching periods, each of 45 minutes duration. The school day starts with registration at 8.30a.m. and the school day ends at 3.35p.m. Years 7 to 9 finish 45 minutes early on one day per week with some extra optional classes in these times such as electronics. The total teaching time per week is 26.25 hours per week.