Within the context of a well-rounded education, we aim to ensure that all of our students are stimulated intellectually by a varied and exciting curriculum tailored to the needs of our able intake.

Whilst we generally follow the National Curriculum and prepare students for public GCSE and A Level examinations, we endeavour to go beyond these requirements where possible, by providing an enriched curriculum that will stand our students in good stead when they move on to university. Full details are available in the School’s Curriculum Policy. An overview of which subjects are taught in which years is available in a graphical Curriculum Plan.

Curriculum Policy

Curriculum Plan

 

In Year 7, students are taught English, Mathematics, French or Spanish, Latin, Classical Studies, Geography, History, Religious Studies (RS), Music, Drama, Art & Design, Wellbeing, Design & Technology (DT), Food Technology, Physical Education and Games, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science. During these two years, students currently study the first three years of the National Curriculum, with amendments made to suit the selective nature of the School and the content and skills required by reformed GCSEs; please see the information on Understanding Curriculum Reform for more detail not just for Years 7 and 8 but for all Key Stages. Also, please see the course information booklets detailing the content and approach taken within each subject for Year 7 and Year 8 designed to inform parents of current students, and the separate introductory booklet for students due to join the School in Year 7 which provides more of an overview.

Understanding Curriculum Reform

Year 7 Course Information

Year 8 Course Information

Year 7 Overview

 
Our two-year Key Stage 3 programme allows us to start an enhanced three-year GCSE course in Year 9. We find this arrangement benefits our students considerably, giving them the opportunity to study subjects in greater depth, to go beyond the narrow confines of the curriculum and to acquire skills that will prepare them better for advanced study. In the core curriculum, all students take English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Physical Education and Games and RS and Wellbeing. The majority will also take three separate Sciences. In addition, work experience takes place during Year 10.
 
Students also choose four optional subjects, from the following: Art, Business Studies, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, DT (Resistant Materials and Electronic Products), Drama, Economics, Food Technology, French, Geography, History, Latin, Music, PE and Spanish. They do so within a framework requiring a minimum of one language, one creative subject and one additional (largely written) subject, with one completely free choice. Students and parents receive advice and guidance throughout the options process. The most recent GCSE options booklet is available below, giving information regarding the process and about each subject, and separate course information booklets for Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 are also available.

GCSE Options Booklet

Year 9 Course Information

Year 10 Course Information

Year 11 Course Information

 

Students continuing to or joining the Sixth Form make options choices in line with the curriculum reform implemented nationwide. Most students will choose three subjects to study across the two years; although some will opt for a fourth subject.  This is also a two year commitment as all public examinations are taken at the end of the Upper Sixth and consequently AS exams are not taken in the Lower Sixth with the School using robust internal examinations instead. The subjects available are: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, DT: Product Design, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and Spanish, and they run subject to demand with the possibility of other subjects being made available if there is sufficient interest from current students.

We encourage students to develop good study skills and the ability to learn independently. Homework is set daily and is available to view to students and parents using Show My Homework. We welcome the cooperation of parents in ensuring that homework is completed promptly, and to a high standard.

Show My Homework

 
We place great importance on the development of spiritual and moral values. Religious Studies is taught in line with the syllabus of the local Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education. All boys in Years 7 up to 11 are expected to attend RS lessons, unless their parents have made written application for them to be withdrawn. School assemblies are held regularly and usually deal with matters of a spiritual or moral nature, as well as celebrating the achievements of our students. Occasionally, outside speakers are invited to address students.
 
Our wide-ranging Wellbeing programme aims to ensure that all students receive information and advice regarding, for example, careers, the dangers of drug abuse and sex education. While factual accounts of human reproduction are given in Science lessons, this is augmented by the Wellbeing programme which seeks to put sex education in the context of family life and values. Parents may withdraw their son from any aspect of sex education by contacting his Head of Year.
 
Our aim is to provide a curriculum with breadth and balance that not only introduces students to what Matthew Arnold described as "the best that has been thought and said in the world", but also equips them with the skills and flexibility they will need to succeed in our fast-changing world.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the School. Should you at any time wish to talk to someone about the curriculum in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact the School - enquiries@wcgs.org.uk.