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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Senior School Curriculum, Years 6-13 including GCSEs and A levels

Life in the Senior School is stimulating, challenging and fun. There is a broad and balanced curriculum, complemented by an extensive range of extracurricular activities. The committed teaching staff are dedicated to enabling every girl to reach her full potential, not just in the classroom but in all aspects of her life. Academic standards are high, individual progress is carefully monitored and the girls are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Class sizes are small, ranging from 12-25 girls. Teaching groups are smaller still at GCSE and A level.

The School's pastoral care is outstanding, and all pupils study a course in personal and social education, including citizenship and economic well-being.

A diverse range of subjects is offered to suit the girls' abilities and interests which prepare them for life in the 21st century: English language, English literature, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, history, geography, religious studies, French, Spanish, information and communication technology, physical education, music, dance,  drama, art, food studies, thinking studies and PSHCE (personal, social, health, citizenship and economic well-being education). At Key Stage 3, (Years 7-9, ages 11-13), all subjects are compulsory, but in Years 10 and 11 girls exercise some choice regarding their GCSE subjects, and again at AS/A2 Level in Years 12 and 13 when further subjects are added to the curriculum: politics, economics, psychology and sociology.