Curriculum

 

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You would expect nothing less than access to inspirational teaching from the top independent school in Wolverhampton. The academic achievements of our students speak for themselves; but our teachers are trained to delivery much more than that.

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All of our teachers are experts in their own academic disciplines, trained and experienced professionals who love their subjects as much as they enjoy teaching our students. The lessons are lively and challenging, and knowledge here is treasured, opening up minds to a love of learning. 

Smaller class sizes and space for individual tuition enables our teachers to get to know your child. We adapt the curriculum to suit every individual’s needs and both boys and girls excel at GCSE and A level.

During the first three years at the senior school students have lessons in (you can also use the links below to learn more about the selection of GCSE and Sixth Form subject choices on offer):

Specific Revision Guides are also produced for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. They provide tailored advice and guidance, including tips on how best to approach revision and the opportunities available in school to help them best prepare. Each subject is broken down providing specific guidance on what to focus on during revision.

Personal, Health and Social Education (PSHE) is taught throughout the lower and middle schools. The course is designed to help students to lead confident, healthy responsible lives in a democratic and tolerant society and to reflect on their own experiences and development whilst showing understanding of others.

In Year 9, our students continue to follow a broad-based curriculum, though some mini-options start to appear in creative subjects. In some subjects, students start work on GCSE courses, particularly in the sciences which are taught separately as chemistry, biology and physics throughout the 11 to 16 age-range.

As students progress through the school, there are increasing opportunities for them to follow their own interests, and further subjects such as psychology, classical civilisation, theatre studies, business studies and economics are available to study at A Level.

Students in Years 10 and 11 continue to be tutored in small groups, allowing us to make sure that their development and welfare is at the heart of everything we do.

Wolverhampton Grammar School offers a combination of GCSEs and IGCSEs and the range of academic subjects we offer is broad. The taught curriculum is also supplemented by lessons in Physical Education, Games and a comprehensive course in Personal, Health and Social Education.

Mathematics, English Language and English Literature are compulsory subjects and it is also a requirement that every student chooses a science subject too. At Wolverhampton Grammar School we expect all students to study either 3 single sciences or take the Science Double Award, which is equivalent to 2 GCSEs. It is also anticipated that each student will take a language and a humanity subject in order to ensure a balance and keep options open for Sixth Form study.

Students are asked to select a total of 10 GCSEs (9 if your child is part of the OpAL programme):

Compulsory subjects (all students must take):

  • Maths;
  • English Language; and
  • English Literature

Students then choose 7 subjects from the following (6 if your child is part of the OpAL programme):

Science (all students must select either):

  • Single Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) which count as 3 GCSEs; or
  • Science Double Award which counts as 2 GCSEs

Humanities (all students must select at least one of):

  • Geography;
  • History; or
  • Religious Studies

Languages (all students – unless part of the OpAL programme) must select at least one:

  • French;
  • German;
  • Italian; or
  • Latin

Other subjects offered:

  • Art;
  • Design & Technology; and/or
  • Music

Students go on to choose to study a diverse array of courses including traditional A Level subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry, history and psychology to more specialised subjects like government and politics, economics, theatre studies and classical civilisation as well as the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in information technology and physical education subjects.

The Sixth Form curriculum is shaped around subjects that are academic in focus, enabling students to gain access to all 18+ options whether that be Oxford, Cambridge (or any of the other Russell Group and leading universities), vocational degrees and other university courses or higher apprenticeships and sponsored degrees.

Visit our Sixth Form pages to learn more about the A Levels and Cambridge Technical Extended Certificates on offer at Wolverhampton Grammar School.

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