Years 10 and 11

All pupils have a timetable which includes core subjects and their option choices.

Core Subjects

Almost all pupils take English Language, English Literature and Mathematics.  In Science, all pupils begin studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology as separate subjects, with some reducing their programme to two sciences in Year 11.

Other Compulsory Subjects

These give students a breadth of experiences in addition to their GCSE courses.  PE and PSHRE are compulsory for all pupils.  PSHRE includes aspects of Citizenship.

Optional Subjects for 2017

Pupils choose one of three possible routes:


The “English Baccalaureate (EBacc)” Route. The EBacc is a term that describes the following group of 6 GCSE subjects: English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a Humanity subject and a Language. To qualify for the EBacc, pupils must gain at least grade 4 in English (either Language or Literature) and Maths, and grades A*-C in the other subjects. Pupils opting for Route 1 must…

  • choose a Humanity (either History or Geography)
  • and a Language (either French or Spanish). Spanish can only be chosen if it has been studied in Year 9.
  • then choose 2 additional subjects from the list of optional GCSE subjects.

Because the EBacc is the established academic “gold standard”, the majority of pupils are encouraged to follow Route 1, particularly if they are expected to gain grades 4-9 or A*-C in the 6 EBacc subjects.


This Route is for those pupils who find languages or humanities (Geography/History) particularly difficult and who are unlikely to achieve grade 4+/C+ in the 6 EBacc subjects but either want to study all GCSEs, or one BTEC course that is an alternative to GCSEs. Here pupils must choose four subjects from the list of optional subjects.


This Route is designed for those pupils who are less likely to achieve high grades in traditional GCSEs. The courses available are more vocational, with a focus on practical work and skills development. There are BTEC courses at Level 1 and 2, and currently, Asdan CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness). Here pupils must choose four subjects, which should include at least one BTEC.

A few pupils will be following individually-tailored programmes of study and activities. These may include work experience placements, practical activities in school, as well as studying basic subjects.

Subject choices:


Art & Design, Business Studies, Child development, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, D&T: Electronics, D&T: Timber, Food Preparation & Nutrition, French, Geography, History, Music, Religious Studies, Physical Education, Spanish.


Engineering (L1 &/or L2), Enterprise (L1), Health & Social Care (L1), Travel & Tourism (L2)

In offering this broad range of subjects, every attempt is made to accommodate the individual’s own choices, but occasionally, some pupils are required to take their Reserve choice.

PSHE and Citizenship in Years 7 to 11

Citizenship is a compulsory part of the curriculum.  The programme of study is largely covered by pupils’ studies in other subjects, but also by discussions and activities within registration time and planned “off-timetable” sessions.