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The Curriculum


The Shell year (Year 9) is a foundation year in which every boy studies Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, English, History, Geography, Latin or Classical Civilisation, Mathematics, Music, Physics and Theology and Philosophy, as well as a choice of two languages from Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish. In some subjects, such as English, Mathematics and the Sciences, boys begin their (I)GCSE on their first day of lessons. Others offer an introductory course and, after two terms, boys may opt to continue these at (I)GCSE.


Remove and Fifth Form

Boys take all the subjects that they study in the Remove and Fifth Form as (I)GCSEs and these subjects also provide the foundation for their A-level and degree choices. They continue to study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; at least one modern foreign language from a choice of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian; and up to three additional subjects from a choice of Ancient History, Art, Astronomy, Classical Greek, Computing, Design and Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education and Theology and Philosophy.


Sixth Form

Boys follow the A-level curriculum in the Sixth Form (other than for languages, Art and History of Art, which follow Pre-U), choosing four subjects from Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Greek, Design and Technology, Economics, English, Fine Art, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, History, History of Art, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Music Technology, Photography, Physics, Russian, Spanish, Theatre Studies and Theology and Philosophy. Some might fit in an additional subject, either by studying a language off the timetable or by following Further Mathematics as part of their Mathematics A level. In addition, our Electives programme offers a range of specialised university-style classes that go beyond A-level study and prepare boys particularly for interview; in each year of the Sixth Form, boys choose one course for the autumn term and another for the spring.