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The School Curriculum 2018/19

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.  

 

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 2018 we offer the following subjects:

 

Art

 

Art, Craft and Design:

Textiles, Fashion and Graphics

 

Biology

 

Business Studies

 

Chemistry

 

Computer Science

 

DT: Product Design - Graphics

 

Drama and Theatre Studies

 

Economics

 

English Language and Literature

 

English Literature

 

Extended Project Qualification (Years 12 & 13)

 

French

 

Further Mathematics

 

Geography

 

History

 

Law

 

Mathematics

 

Music

 

Music Technology

(Years 12 & 13)

 

Physics

 

Politics

 

Psychology

 

Religious Studies

 

Spanish

 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme - Gold

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

Courses are dependent on groups being of a viable size.

 

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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