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The majority of pupils join in Year 7 but, providing there is space, we welcome students to join in Years 8, 9 and 10. We make sure that students study a broad range of subjects in Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9, ages 11 to 13). This provides them with a wide range of experience and knowledge so that, when they come to choose GCSE options, they are equipped to make informed decisions.

In Key Stage 4, (Years 10 and 11, ages 14 to 16), students will typically take a minimum of 9 GCSEs including English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and a combination of the Sciences.

GCSE subjects offered

English Language and English Literature
Mathematics
The Sciences

Note: Science can either be taken as a double award combined science subject or, for those with a particular aptitude, through three separate GCSEs – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In both pathways, students are taught aspects of all three sciences by specialist teachers.

GCSE Options

Art
Business Studies
Computing
Design Technology
Textiles
Drama
Geography
History
Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)
Music
Physical Education
Religious Studies: Philosophy and Applied Ethics
English as a second language
Digital Media

Note: courses offered are subject to demand.

View the Fifth Form GCSE Courses book online 

Monitoring progress

The effort and achievement of each pupil is closely monitored through the year. Grade reports are issued on an approximately half termly basis, to keep you up to date with your child’s progress. They include effort and achievement grades as well as written comments from teachers and an overview by the form tutor. Parents are also invited to attend parents’ evenings.

Student potential is measured by Cognitive Ability Tests taken in the first term of Years 7 and 10. The results of these enable us to better monitor student progress through the school and help us to ensure that each child is working to their full potential.

"Pupils of all abilities and ages make good progress, exceptional in some cases, enabled by good, often excellent teaching and an excellent curriculum and programme of activities." – Independent Schools Inspectorate 2011

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset

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