The Senior School is where pupils build on the skills they have developed in the Prep School and gain the qualifications they will need to go on to university. It is a time when their education becomes more directed towards their personal interests and ambitions as they start to choose from various options. Pupils are encouraged to develop academic rigour and rely less on their teachers and more on themselves.
In short, the aim is that our graduating pupils in Year 13 gain the qualifications they need for their next steps, and also have the skills, resilience and independence that are required at university and beyond. Pupils will also have opportunities to be involved with many activities, societies, sports and leadership opportunities.
|Year 9||Preparation for (I)GCSE courses|
|Year 10||Year 1 of (I)GCSE courses|
|Year 11||Year 2 of (I)GCSE courses and (I)GCSE exams|
|Year 12||Year 1 of A level courses. (Some will sit AS level exams)|
|Year 13||Year 2 of A level courses and A2 level exams|
Pupils take at least eight (I)GCSEs. The following subjects are compulsory: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and a combination of Sciences. Able pupils will study full (I)GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For students who are less scientifically oriented, there is an option to study two of the three sciences or Dual Award Science (see our (I)GCSE Guide for more detail). Other subjects are selected from a list of options. The study of Arabic language is also required under ADEK regulations, although is not a compulsory (I)GCSE subject. More detail on Arabic and all other subjects is in the 2018-2019 (I)GCSE Guide which can be viewed by clicking below. Hard copies are available from the Admissions Department in the Senior School.
At A Level, most pupils prepare for one subject at AS level and three subjects at A2 level. All pupils also sit the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), which allows pupils to develop an interest and gain an additional qualification highly favoured by universities. Pupils also benefit from an invaluable university and careers guidance service which includes access to Unifrog, the ‘complete destinations platform’ where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school. More information on our Sixth Form programme here.