Curriculum Overview

The proportions of pupils gaining the highest grades at both GCSE and A Level are well above the national averages.

ISI Report 2016 – Section 3.3

An education beyond the curriculum.

Prior’s Field offers a broad education which goes beyond the National Curriculum: we place a strong emphasis on independent learning, creativity and problem solving. We offer a curriculum of English, Maths and Sciences, French, Spanish, Latin, History, Geography, RS, Design Technology, Food, Textiles, Art, Music, Drama, PE, IT, PSHCE at Key Stage 3. Supporting and extending the curriculum are individual music lessons, LAMDA and sports coaching.

Most girls will take 9 GCSEs, although by following the separate sciences course (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) it is possible to take 10. There are compulsory core subjects: English, English Literature, Mathematics (IGCSE), Science (certificated as two GCSEs) and a modern foreign language – French, Spanish or Latin. In addition, girls can choose up to three other options including History, Geography, RS, Art, Food and Nutrition, Dance, ICT, Textiles, Music, Drama, Design Technology, PE and a second language.

GCSE & A LEVEL options tailored to the Girls’ needs.

We realise the importance of getting the GCSE years right – they are the first major step on the road to a busy and successful career. In addition to her tutor each girl is assigned an individual staff mentor in the run up to GCSE exams who will provide practical advice and oversee her revision period.

In the Sixth Form we currently offer 22 subjects taught in small tutorial groups – a perfect preparation for university life. At both A Level and GCSE we tailor our option blocks to fit in with students’ wishes, which means that girls will usually be able to study their first choice subject combinations.

Every Pupil who completed a questionnaire agreed that teachers help them to learn and give them individual help when needed.

ISI Report 2016 – Section 3.20
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