Curriculum

We believe that all students are entitled to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for the first five years of compulsory secondary schooling.

This covers the main areas of human knowledge and experience and leads to a very well balanced range of public examinations.  Our young people will be entering an adult world marked by rapid technological and social change.  Even greater demands will be made on them, needing adaptability, self-reliance, confidence and high standards of education.  We firmly believe that by working in partnership with our parents we can achieve the best for the young people in our care.

The 11-16 curriculum is divided into Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) and Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11).  In Key Stage 3 students follow English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, Spanish, French or Italian, History, Geography, Philosophy and Ethics, Art, Music, Information Communication Technology and Computing, Physical Education/Games and Citizenship.

In Key Stage 4 students follow a broad range of subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education/Citizenship and PE/Games are all in the core curriculum followed by all students.  The Grammar curriculum also covers French/Spanish/Italian, History, Geography and Science.

As a specialist in Visual Arts all Key Stage 4 students are encouraged to study at least one Art and Design related subject, including Fine Art, Photography, Textiles and Media.

Academic study is supported by regular and purposeful homework.

We also offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after school which include:

  • Art & Design Club
  • Science Club
  • Giles Chess
  • Giles Adventure
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Sporting Activities
  • School Productions
  • Educational Visits
  • Ski Trips
  • Giles Equestrian
  • Giles Voice

Core Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to ensure that students have a broad and balanced education to allow them to have a wide choice of pathways at 16.  The Key Stage 4 curriculum is made up of subjects which students are required to study (this is called Core Curriculum) and subjects that they can select to study (this is called Options or Vocational Curriculum).  The table below shows that the Core Curriculum occupies 67% (40 out of 60 lessons) of your child’s timetable in Year 9, 10 and 11.

Core Curriculum
Subject GCSE/Equivalent Periods per Fortnight
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English Language & English Literature 2 12 12 12
Mathematics 1 12 12 11
Combined Science 2 8 8 9
Philosophy and Ethics (not examined) 2 2 2
Physical Education (inc Swimming) (not examined) 6 6 6
Total number of GCSE / Lessons 5 40 40 40

Qualification Reforms

GCSE, AS and A Level Reforms in England