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Details of the curriculum appear below, but we believe that this basic information only tells half the story and would encourage you to follow the links from this page to A world of possibilities, A curriculum for life and Curricular adventures across the years. We hope that these follow-on pages will give you a much better feel for life in the Lower School classroom.

Pupils in all year-groups are taught by their Form Teacher as well as subject specialists. The following subjects are taught in the Lower School:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French, Italian, Chinese) and newly reintroduced Latin
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Games
  • Swimming
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • MENO (our extension learning programme)

Games lessons and opportunities to take part in competitive sport are an important part of our timetable. Apart from the obvious benefits to physical development, ‘finite’ competition in a team environment teaches many essential character traits necessary for handling the ups and downs of life with resolve, wisdom and dignity.

Optional tuition is available in Speech & Drama and around twenty different musical instruments with regular opportunities to take part in examinations.

Classroom activities are complemented by day and residential trips for all pupils – eg. a visit to a Victorian workhouse as part of History studies or a residential coastal erosion study in Geography.


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