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Curriculum for Eaton Square Upper School

Our curriculum is based around a traditional British education for 11 – 18 year-olds, preparing them not just for GCSE, A levels and eventual university entrance, but for later life beyond.

School lessons will be from 9:00am – 4:15 pm, during which there will be a short morning break, and a lunch break of at least an hour where many co-curricular activities will be on offer.

Further details of what subjects will be taught in which years are given below:

Year 7

The following subjects will be taught:  English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French or Spanish, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Latin and Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Art & Design, Music, Drama, Enrichment, and PSHE. Pupils spend an afternoon a week at Games off-site, as well as having one double period a week of PE.

The Curriculum in Common Entrance subjects will be based around the Common Entrance Syllabus, in preparation for those taking Common Entrance at the end of Year 8.

Year 8 

The following subjects will be taught:  English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Latin or Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Art & Design, Music, Drama, and PSHE.  Pupils spend an afternoon a week at Games off-site, as well as having one double period a week of PE.

In Year 8, there is a Common Entrance stream, aimed towards those who are either taking the Common Entrance Examination, or who would thrive on the rigour of the examination preparation.  Other pupils will study similar content in the relevant subjects, but with less emphasis on examination preparation and technique.

Year 9

Year 9 is a transition to the GCSE courses which start in Year 10, and pupils may even begin the courses in some subjects.  Pupils may opt for a second modern language, or a course in Civilization and Culture.

The following subjects will be taught:  English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French or Civilization & Culture, Spanish or Latin, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Computer Science, Art & Design, Music, Drama, and PSHE. Pupils spend an afternoon a week at Games off-site, as well as having one double period a week of PE.

Years 10 and 11

Pupils typically study between 8 and 10 GCSE courses. The core subjects include English and English Literature, Mathematics, Science, and most pupils are advised to study a modern language. Optional subjects are chosen from, History, Geography, Religious Studies, French, Spanish, Latin, Computing, Drama, Art & Design, and Music.  Some courses (including Drama) require a minimum uptake in order to run.  There are also non-examined courses in Games and PE, and PSHE.  Subjects will follow national GCSE or IGCSE courses, and will be reviewed periodically by the relevant head of department.

Sixth Form

The range of subjects we offer is wide, embracing all the GCSE subjects along with several others such as Psychology, Economics, and the Extended Project, according to demand.  Students are expected to choose at least three courses to study to Advanced Level. The timetable will be built around the students’ options, to facilitate choice.