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The Curriculum


The Shell year (Year 9) is a foundation year in which every boy studies Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology and Engineering, Drama, English, History, Geography, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physics and Theology & Philosophy, as well as a choice of two language 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 and Mathematics and should choose a further seven subjects. They must choose a modern foreign language and a minimum of two sciences. The  (I)GCSE offered are: Ancient History, Art, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Greek, Computer Science, Design Technology and Engineering, Drama, French, German, Geography, History, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Spanish, Russian and Theology & Philosophy.


Sixth Form

Boys follow the A level curriculum in the Sixth Form, choosing four subjects from Ancient History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Greek, Design Technology and Engineering, Drama and Theatre, Engineering, Economics, English, Fine Art, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, History, History of Art, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Music Technology, Photography, Physics, Russian, Spanish, Sports Science and Theology & 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.