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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Education

There is more to education than passing on information and passing exams. We aim to broaden minds and develop intellectual curiosity. Here you will see some information about what is taught and when, and the choices your daughter will have as she progresses to GCSE and A level. We also want to share with you how we instill a love of learning in all girls by the way we teach and what we teach.

We firmly believe in qualifications which stretch and are valued by UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) and employers. Girls take a broad range of challenging subjects which give them the best foundation for life. We believe that it is the Leicester High approach to what is taught which gives our girls the edge. This is exemplified below by the teaching of science and languages, but is practised across all subjects.

Girls are taught science separately from Year 7. This is unusual, but we feel it is important, because even in the 21st century, women need every advantage. In addition, we offer the three sciences separately at GCSE, and most girls take them. Biology and chemistry are IGCSE specification and physics is GCSE. Our girls have a solid science education here. We work hard to develop a passion for science by residential trips and fieldwork, by visits to and links with Leicester University, as well as residential competitions with other schools, and by living science in the grounds at school with the plants and animals we grow, breed and observe.

We offer a choice of two language International GCSEs: French and Spanish. To bring the learning to life, we arrange visits, speakers, and cultural experiences which make the learning fun and interesting. As the Head of Languages says, the worst place to teach languages is the classroom!  Recently, girls have had a Spanish day where they enjoyed flamenco dancing, Spanish classical guitar and a Spanish meal at lunchtime. Every year we have Spanish and French assistants from Leicester University, who have weekly one-to-one conversation classes with the A level linguists. There are also several languages trips run throughout each academic year, as well as a GCSE languages conference.

Every subject teacher imparts the facts and the skills, and prepares the girls for the examinations. But at Leicester High, we aim for more than that: to develop intellectual curiosity and a love of learning to last a lifetime.