The two-year General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) courses start in Year 10. The core subjects of English, Maths, at least one foreign language and Double or Triple Science are followed by every pupil. In addition, pupils can choose three options which generally are subjects in which they have a particular interest or expertise. Optional subjects include Art, Business Studies, Design Technology (Graphics), Drama, Ethics and Philosophy, Food Technology, Geography, History, Mandarin Chinese, Music, Physical Education and Spanish. A consultation meeting is held in Year 9 with parents and pupils to help with the decision making process.
Pupils are taught in sets for the core subjects and are mixed in ability for their options. The GCSE Handbook provides more detailed information about individual subjects.
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Results in GCSE examinations have been above the national average
Pupils who study English as an Additional Language (EAL) will normally have EAL lessons instead of English and a foreign language.
Details of the subjects we offer can be found in the GCSE academic booklet (click on the link above) and in the Subjects menu in this section of our website. Parents will have an opportunity to discuss options at the Year 9 Options Evening in February.
If you wish to discuss them at another time, current Queen’s parents please feel free to get in touch with your son/daughter’s tutor, Houseparent or the Head of Curriculum Planning; parents of prospective pupils please contact the Admissions team who can help.
After the Options Evening, pupils will be asked to make their 3 provisional choices and language choice. Once choices have been made, the option blocks will be built, taking into consideration the requests of all pupils.
Every effort will be made to meet the requests of as many pupils as possible although, inevitably, some combinations may not be possible. In the event that your son or daughter’s choices cannot be accommodated, we will contact you to discuss other suitable option choices.
At KS4 students may continue to access the range of student support services for social, emotional, communication, sensory, physical and cognitive difficulties. All students are expected to choose a full range of GCSE options, although those who have a specific relevant diagnosed processing difficulty may be offered the opportunity to study a VCert instead of a language.
All students are taught study skills as part of the PSHME lessons, and top-up revision skills tuition is available by request (at a charge and subject to availability). The English and Maths department provide booster sessions for those students that require additional support in these areas. Help with prep is available after school 3 days per week in student support for those students with AEN.
It is vital that we are informed about any additional needs upon entry to the school so we can assess your child at the start of their GCSE course and ensure provision is mapped appropriately. This is particularly important when dealing with exams access arrangements (EAA) as deciding to apply for EAA is based on evidence of a history of need, history of provision and substantial evidence that this is how the student normally works in their assessments.