Curriculum

 

Our Curriculum

The school is five 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 form groups. The curriculum consists of the following:

 

The core subjects of English, Mathematics, separate science lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the humanities of History, Geography and Religious Studies, two modern foreign languages from French or German, Spanish or Russian, together with Latin from Year 8, Information Technology, Music, Physical Education, Art and Design Technology.  

 

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, including setting targets for improvement and carrying out research.

 

Throughout there is an emphasis on developing generic skills with Personal, Learning and Thinking skills embedded across the Curriculum. 

 

To view more about the Curriculum see the booklets below, if you have any questions send a query to Mrs R Brett via enquiries@wghs.org.uk 

 

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

 

GCSE

 

Girls usually take ten Key Stage 4 subjects at GCSE chosen in Year 9. They take a core of English, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.  All are required to choose one humanity (from Geography, History or Religious Studies) and one language from French, Russian, German, Latin or Spanish currently at Key Stage 3.

 

There are also opportunities to opt for Computer Science, Music, Physical Education, Art and Design & Technology. There is an options evening where Year 9 parents are given details about the range of courses on offer. Girls 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) a range of AS and A Level subjects are offered.  All girls in Year 12 take four AS Levels and most will continue with three option choices into Year 13, studying to A Level, with the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification.  The PSHE programme focuses on preparation for UCAS application towards the end of Year 12. In Year 13 girls are usually able to have a practice interview with a professional in a relevant field as part of the preparation for their Higher Education application.

 

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.

Exam Boards

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