Curriculum Years 9 - 11
The quality of academic provision at St. Edmund’s is one of our great strengths and it is this strength that has been extended into our GCSE programme. With our small class sizes and specialist teachers we can nurture our pupils talents, open their eyes to new ones and give them focused and personal support whenever it is needed.
A broad curriculum is on offer to pupils across years 9, 10 and 11 offering them a firm foundation upon which to make future educational choices. In addition, pupils learn effective study skills, acquiring the habits of mind which create successful life-long learners. Pupils have access to a challenging and enriching education both inside and outside the classroom, which is wide enough to satisfy universities and future employers.
In year 9 pupils study English Language and Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish, History, Geography, Latin (or Classical Civilisation), Art, Music, Drama, and DT. Pupils commence a short course in both ICT skills and Religious Studies. They also follow a programme of PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education).
During years 10 and 11 pupils study for 9 or 10 GCSEs. The compulsory subjects are English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science (double or triple awards), and a Modern Foreign Language. Pupils choose their optional GCSE subjects from an additional Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography, Music, Art, Drama & Theatre Studies, Design Technology, Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilisation. In addition pupils complete the short courses in ICT skills and Religious Studies which are examined externally at the end of year10.
For the more able pupils in our cohorts it is unlikely that even the new GCSE programmes in some subjects will, on their own, present sufficient academic challenge. In those cases, we will offer the International GCSE, commonly known as the IGCSE.