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Curriculum

In the Senior School, the curriculum is as broad as it possibly can be.

In year 9, there is setting in English, Mathematics, French and Science as well as a general set for the remaining subjects including Geography and History. Setting continues in the core GCSE subjects throughout Lower and Upper 5 but it should be emphasised that by attending Freemen's the great majority of pupils achieve ten good GCSE grades whatever set they are placed in.

Year 9

Year 9 provides pupils with broad curriculum coverage which allows pupils to make informed and sensible decisions about the available options for the following year. Linked to National Curriculum guidelines, the 'core' subjects include English, Mathematics and the Sciences. The three Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) are taught separately by subject specialists in a balanced science programme which treats each subject equally. A Modern Foreign Language, French, German or Spanish, is the other main examinable compulsory element.

Core Subjects

 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • French, German or Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Pupils also study the following throughout the year:

  • Art and Design
  • French
  • German
  • Latin or Spanish (as a Second Foreign Language)
  • Games afternoon
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physical Education (every second week)
  • Religious Education
  • Drama
  • Music

The following subjects are taught in smaller groups on a carousel basis:

  • Design Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Computing

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is taught throughout the year. Tutors cover various topics including: self-discipline and decision making, study skills, self-awareness and awareness of others, becoming a teenager, drugs and alcohol awareness, review of anti-smoking material, awareness of the disabled and the elderly as well as law and order issues. In addition visiting speakers are invited to address the pupils. As part of the PSHE programme, each form group familiarises themselves with the resources of the careers room and discusses GCSE option choices.

GCSE

During Years 10 and 11 pupils study the core subjects of English and English literature, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology and one of French, German or Spanish, as well as games, physical education and religious studies.

This will enable pupils to achieve one GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language, two GCSEs in English, one GCSE in mathematics and three GCSEs in science. In addition to these core subjects pupils also study three further option subjects for GCSE.

These choices should reflect both the pupil’s interests and aptitudes and longer-term plans with regard to Sixth Form study and future careers. Some AS and A Level courses require a specific GCSE by way of preparation.

Core Subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language: French, German or Spanish
  • Physics

Option Subjects

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design Technology: Resistant Materials
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • Spanish

 

For full details on the subjects, please download our Fifth Form Curriculum brochure or to see results, go to our Exam Results page.