Our courses are designed to provide girls with a wide experience of life and thus prepare them effectively for the future. They aim to deliver a wide-ranging set of values and skills suitable for the world in which they live.
We aim to provide girls with a broad range of academic experiences which will allow them to make well-advised choices of courses at the end of Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 11 and Year 12. We seek to prepare girls well for these courses because their performance in them will determine the next stage of their academic career.
We take into account the requirements of the National Curriculum without following it to the letter, and offer other subjects such as Latin and Classical Civilisation to broaden our curriculum.
We aim to offer girls as much choice as possible for GCSE, AS and A Level. However, depending on the numbers choosing a subject at each of these stages we may not be able to offer all subjects every year. We provide a timetable based on girls' initial choices. We cannot guarantee that changes will be possible once the timetable process has begun.
There are specialist Departments for Modern Foreign Languages, Science, ICT, PE, Design Technology - Product Design, Textiles and Food Technology, Music and Art.
All other Departments have suites of rooms where most of the lessons in the Department are taught. All rooms have a computer, screen and projector and some have interactive whiteboards.
Games are taught at the separate Sports Field which is shared with Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, and there is a Multi Gym with exercise equipment in Main School.
In addition to the ICT rooms which are used by other subjects where possible, there are rooms in English and DT with enough computers for a class group, a bookable ICT room located in Main School, and computers and laptops available in the Learning Resources Centre.
We aim to have normal teaching group sizes of the following, significantly reducing in the all-important Sixth Form years.
Years 7, 8, and 9 - 20 to 24 girls
Years 10 and 11 - 15 to 24 girls
Year 12 - 10 to 15 students
Year 13 - 10 to 12 students
Some subjects, such as Maths and French, may have larger sets in the high ability range to allow for smaller groups in the lower ability range.