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
GCSE/IGCSE – Year 11
The majority of subjects are now on the 9-1 grading system. Grades 9-7 correspond with the old A*-A grade and grades 6-4 correspond with the old B-C grades.
The exceptions to this are IGCSE Buisness Studies, GCSE Chinese, GCSE DT and IGCSE English as a 2nd Language. These subjects remain graded as A*-E.
The AQA Certificate of Further Maths is graded A^-C where A^ is the 'A* with distinction'.