Head of Secondary - Mr Tom Davidson
At Secondary Level, the exposure to such a variety of subjects allows the pupils to sample different aspects of education and to start planning their professional lives. Students follow the British Curriculum strengthened by the opportunity to also study the Spanish Curriculum (Lengua y Literatura, Valenciano and Ciencias Sociales). Spanish, German and French are studied throughout Key Stage 3 as Modern Foreign Languages and are offered as an option at GCSE and A Level. First Language German is also taught during Key Stage 3 and is offered at GCSE and A Level.
In Key Stage 3 pupils are placed in English, Maths and Science groups according to their academic ability. This ensures that each individual pupil can be stretched and supported at the appropriate level at this crucial stage of their academic development. Support is offered to pupils with certain learning difficulties.
In Year 9, many subjects introduce GCSE topics of study to help prepare and guide students in choosing the right courses for them to follow in their GCSE years.
In Year 10, pupils start their two year GCSE Course. English, Mathematics, one Science subject and Spanish are compulsory. There are a wide variety of options available such as; History, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Business Studies, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Music, ICT, French, German and Art.
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) helps our non-English students to gain an excellent knowledge of the English Language in every aspect. Pupils who enter the School with a minimal understanding of English are soon able to communicate with their fellow pupils and the teaching staff. EFL students are encouraged to take Cambridge Examinations throughout the year from A2 to C2 levels (First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency).
Careers advice is given readily and Year 10 students have the opportunity to go out into the work force and sample a variety of professions to help with making their future subject choices.
During Tutor Groups we follow a personal, social and health education programme which includes our Value of the Month and the pupils participate in activities which reinforce such values as; Respect, Honesty, Tolerance, Achievement etc. We are proud of our House tradition, which contributes to the students’ sense of belonging. Many charity and sporting events are organised within the houses and it gives pupils across all age ranges the chance to mix and be involved in fun and varied pursuits together as a team.