At Wolverhampton Girls’ High School, we believe that students are entitled to the highest quality education, which enables all students to achieve their full potential, and so prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life.
Given the academically able intake, the main emphasis of the school curriculum is to prepare students for higher education, but to also ensure that appropriate opportunities are given for all students to realise their full potential.
The school curriculum will promote the intellectual, spiritual, moral, social, physical and cultural development of students. It will also encourage cross-curricular engagement and the broadening of subjects beyond the classroom and into the wider community.
An overview of what is taught in each subject in each year is contained in our Curriculum Overviews. These give a broad overview of curriculum content and order. However, please note that these may be adjusted if required by circumstances, such as staff absences or the results of ongoing assessment.
The school is six form entry in Year 7.
Students study a broad range of subjects across the disciplines at Key Stage 3 and subjects are largely taught in mixed ability teaching groups, with some smaller groups in DT. The curriculum consists of the following:
The core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, the humanities of History, Geography and Religious Studies, two modern foreign languages from French or German, Spanish or Russian, together with Latin, Computing, Music, Physical Education, Performing Arts, PSHCE, Art and Design Technology. At the end of Year 8 students select to continue with two out of the three languages.
Staff use a variety of teaching methods. Special emphasis is placed on active participation of pupils in lessons. They are encouraged to develop independence and to take responsibility for aspects of their studies.
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Theory is supported by practice and a wide range of trips and visits into school by outside speakers are organised to support classroom study. Students' work is valued and displayed around the school. Departments are well-equipped with a range of modern textbooks, current IT software and other resources to enhance learning.
Girls usually take ten Key Stage 4 subjects at GCSE chosen in Year 9. They take a core of English, English Literature and Mathematics. Then choose to study either separate sciences at GCSE or the combined Trilogy Science award. Students that select Trilogy have a further free choice of GCSE subjects. All are required to choose one humanity (from Geography, History or Religious Studies) and one language from French or German, Spanish or Russian, or Latin currently at Key Stage 3.
There are also opportunities to opt for Computer Science, Music, Physical Education, PSHCE, Art and Design & Technology. From September 2022 there will also be the option to study GCSE Drama. There is an options evening where Year 9 parents are given details about the range of courses on offer. Students are able to discuss their choices throughout the spring term following a careful advice and guidance programme.
Key Stage 5
In Years 12-13 (the Sixth Form) the school offers a range of academic A Level subjects and hence meets the 16-19 study programme requirements. All girls in Year 12 take three or four A Levels and most will continue with a maximum of three option choices into Year 13, with the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification. The PSHE programme includes preparation for UCAS application towards the end of Year 12.
The Sixth Form programme offers a broad enrichment programme which includes opportunities for PE, community service, university talks and workshops, First Aid Training and Engineering in Education, as well as the prospect of students organising their own work experience to take part in. Sixth-form girls carry out a range of Prefect responsibilities and assist with school events.