Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4, girls study a combination of compulsory and optional subjects for their GCSE examinations.

Certain subjects are compulsory at GCSE and these are known as the Core Subjects

  • English Language and English Literature 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics: the majority of girls will study all three, some girls may choose to study two following her options interview. 
  • Modern Foreign Language - French, German and Spanish: most girls are expected to study a Language.

Also in the core, are Physical Education, and a tutorial programme, which includes PSHEE and General Religious Studies, but these are not examined. As well as the core subjects, we offer a range of optional subjects. Most girls will take ten examination subjects in total at GCSE. If you choose to take Biology, Chemistry and Physics you will need to choose three subjects from the Options Subjects box; if you choose two Sciences you will need to choose four subjects from the Options Subjects box. Most girls are expected to take a Modern Foreign Language; some may choose to take two. Classical Greek or additional Music may be taken by some girls, by agreement, as an additional GCSE subject. Optional subjects are: 

Art and Design/Graphic Communication, Business, Classical Civilisation , Computer Science, Dance, Design & Technology: Textiles, Drama, French, Geography, German, History, Food & Nutrition, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Spanish.  

For further information about GCSE options available and the Options selection process please download a copy of the GCSE Options Booklet 2021-2023.

We will try to accommodate girls’ choices as far as we can, but it is impossible to guarantee that every girl will be able to study the particular combination of subjects that she chooses. The availability of options will also depend on such factors as demand.  

Consultations between girls, Form Tutors and Heads of Year continue through Key Stage 4 to set personal targets and timescales for review and a course on Study Skills is added to the curriculum. The school builds good relationships with parents from the beginning of a girl's time with us and through Parents' Evenings and a full annual report are kept informed of their daughter's progress. Individual consultations are always available and staff welcome ongoing contact with parents.