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The School Curriculum 2020/21

In Years 7 and 8 pupils are taught in their tutor groups for most subjects with smaller classes arranged for Technology lessons.  Pupils normally remain in the same tutor group of about 30 pupils throughout the main school.

Physical Education includes games, athletics, gymnastics and dance.

Technology includes Design in the areas of Food, Textiles, Electronics, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Engineering.

In Year 7 students will study either French or Spanish, and the language is allocated to them on arrival at the school.  

This table shows the number of lessons in each subject students have in their two week timetable rotation.

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Art

2

2

Computer Science

2

2

Design & Technology

4

4

Drama

1

1

English

6

6

French/Spanish

6

3*

Geography

4

4

History

4

4

Mathematics

6

6

Music

2

2

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship

1

1

Physical Education

4

4

Religious Education

2

2

Science

6

6

 

             *3 of each Language

In Year 8 the curriculum remains similar to that followed in Year 7.  However, in Year 8, students will study a second additional language.  Students will go on to study their First Language at GCSE and have the option to select their second as an additional GCSE choice.  Careers guidance is also built into the curriculum at this stage.

Key Stage 4 begins in Year 9 and all pupils start studying GCSE courses at this point.

 

Years 9 to 11:

The core subjects taken by all pupils are:

English Language

English Literature

Mathematics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Physical Education

Religious Studies

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship and Careers Guidance & Work Related Learning

Outdoor Education

 

Leading to GCSE

Leading to GCSE

Leading to GCSE

Leading to GCSE

Leading to GCSE

Leading to GCSE

Core Physical Education

Leading to GCSE

Including work experience in year 10

All pupils will complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award as part of their studies in Year 9

Pupils choose between History or Geography and French or Spanish and then choose two further subjects from list below:

The extended core subjects with some choice are:

History

Geography

French

Spanish

Leading to GCSE

Leading to GCSE

Leading to GCSE

Leading to GCSE

Art

Business Studies

Computer Science

Design & Technology: Graphic Products

Design & Technology: Textiles

Drama

Engineering

Food Preparation and Nutrition

French

Geography

History

Music

Spanish

  • All pupils must study either History or Geography, or may choose to study both.
  • All pupils must study either French or Spanish, or may choose to study both.
  • Students will take part in various activities or have the opportunity to study Level 2 Cambridge National Award in Sports Studies (GCSE equivalent qualification).
  • All pupils will be able to complete the English Baccalaureate.
  • There is an option for pupils to take Dual Award Science.
 
Advanced Level subjects

For September 2020 we offer the following subjects:

Art

Art, Craft and Design: Textiles, Fashion and Graphics

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry

Computing

Drama and Theatre Studies

Economics

English Language and Literature

English Literature

Extended Project Qualification 

French

Further Mathematics

Geography

Graphics

History

Law

Mathematics

Music

Music Technology

Physics

Politics

Psychology

Religious Studies

Spanish

The above table illustrates the wide range of subjects available to our current pupils. 

Courses are dependent on groups being of a viable size.

Examining Boards

Exam Board Subject Award
AQA Drama GCSE
English Literature GCSE
English Language GCSE
Extended Project Level 3
Further Mathematics Level 2
Psychology GCE
Physics GCSE
Physics GCE
Food & Nutrition GCSE
English Language and Literature GCE
Art, Craft & Design GCE
Religious Studies A GCSE
Religious Studies A GCE
Geography GCE A
GCSE
Computer Science GCE
Combined Science Trilogy GCSE
Biology GCSE
Chemistry GCSE
Business GCE
GCSE
GCE
Economics GCE
Law GCE
EDEXCEL Drama and Theatre GCE
Further Mathematics GCE
Further Mathematics AS GCE
Mathematics GCE A
Accelerated Maths GCE A Year 12
Mathematics (Higher) GCSE
History GCE A
Music Tech GCE AS
Music GCE A
GCSE
GCE A
History GCSE
Design & Technology: Polymers GCSE
Design & Technology: Papers& Boards GCSE
Design & Technology (Product Design) GCE
French GCSE
GCE
GCE
Spanish GCSE
GCE
GCE
Politics GCE
OCR Free Standing Maths Qualification Additional Mathematics FSMQ
English Literature GCE
Chemistry A GCE
Sport Studies Level 2 Cambridge National Award
Biology GCE
Computer Science GCSE
WJEC Art and Design (Fine Art) GCSE
Art and Design (Fine Art) GCE 
 
Religious Education

Westcliff High School for Girls is a non-denominational school and welcomes pupils of all religious faiths. The programme of Religious Education, which is taught in accordance with the Essex syllabus, aims to give an understanding of the nature of religious beliefs and practices. We believe that it is important for young people to understand how religion affects everyday life in our multi-cultural society and in the world at large. We therefore encourage representatives of different faiths to speak in school and arrange visits for our pupils to local places of worship. All pupils are prepared for the full course GCSE in Religious Education which is taken at the end of Year 11.

The daily assembly follows a pattern of broadly Christian worship and is regarded as important, both as a corporate occasion and because of its contribution to the moral and spiritual life of the school. Parents may elect to withdraw their daughters from assembly on religious grounds but it is hoped that few will feel the need to do so. Parents should write to the Headteacher to request permission to withdraw their child and are asked to provide suitable materials for her to study her own religion in the school library during Religious Education and assembly periods.

 

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