The GCSE years in our Middle School (Fourth and Fifth Form) see increased academic momentum.
Pupils choose three option subjects at the end of the Third Form, and at least one modern foreign language (in nearly all cases), to go with compulsory core GCSEs (Maths, English and Science), leading to a possible combination of 10 GCSEs. Core subjects are generally taught in subject-specific sets, with five or six sets in each core GCSE subject. In this way we believe the College is an optimal size, being big enough to offer a wide choice of options and appropriate setting, but small enough to offer good pastoral care and academic oversight.
All pupils entering the Middle School will sit exams at the end of the Fifth Form. Towards the end of the Michaelmas Term in the Fifth Form, pupils begin the process of choosing their preferred Sixth Form options, with a structured system of guidance involving tutors and subject teachers supporting pupils and parents with these decisions.