Year 10 and 11
Most GCSE courses start in Year 10. Students have a core curriculum of Maths, English Language, English Literature, 2 or 3 sciences from a choice of Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus a free choice of 3 or 4 other subjects from Art, Classical Civilisation, Classical Greek, Computer Science, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies or Spanish. To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, most students will choose a language, a humanities and a creative subject. In addition there may also be the opportunity for some students to do a 10th GCSE on a reduced timetable, or embark on a Higher Project Qualification (HPQ). PSHCE and Physical Education continue as non-exam courses.
All year groups follow a PSHCE programme appropriate to their age and needs. Ability setting is used where appropriate in Years 7 -11, but the majority of teaching is in mixed ability groups.
The majority of students study three subjects at A Level. The subjects offered are Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Computing, Design Technology, Drama and Theatre, Economics, English Literature, Food and Nutrition, French, Further Maths, Geography, German, Greek, History, Latin, Maths, Music, Music Technology, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology or Spanish. There is an enrichment programme in Year 12 and 13 which is shared across the three secondary schools in the Foundation and includes some additional qualifications. There is also a Health and Well-being afternoon and the opportunity for those doing three A Levels to embark on the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
The timetable is constructed around student subject choices; normally at least 7 students are needed for a viable group. Some sixth form courses are taught jointly with students from Loughborough Grammar School and Loughborough Amherst School. Sixth Form students follow a PSHCE programme appropriate to their age and needs.