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Senior School Curriculum

The extensive Senior School curriculum includes the core areas of English, RPE (religion, philosophy and ethics), a modern foreign language from a choice of French or Mandarin Chinese, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, PSHE, physical education and computing. In addition, students in Years 7 to 9 study geography, history, music, art and design (including art textiles), drama, Latin in Years 7 and 8 (and either Latin or classical civilisation in Year 9), design and technology: product design, food and nutrition and, from Year 8, an additional modern foreign language from a choice of: Italian or Spanish.

In Years 10 and 11, students follow our core GCSE curriculum: English, mathematics, three separate sciences, at least one modern foreign language, religious studies: philosophy and ethics, and either history or geography.  Students choose three options subjects from a broad range including: Classical Greek, art and design (one or more of: art, photography, graphics and art textiles), business studies, classical civilisation, computer science, PE, dance, drama, Latin, music, and design and technology: product design.

All pupils benefit from an extensive PSHE programme, which includes skills for life, wellbeing and careers education. 

The most able students are challenged to think independently and to ‘go the extra mile’ whilst support is also given to those who have a particular learning need.  Students’ work is marked using comments, which highlight where the student has been successful and what she needs to do to improve.

Teacher-student ratios are such that each girl's needs can be monitored accurately and any problems addressed promptly in order to ensure that each student makes optimum progress. Teachers engage closely with students in workspaces that support each subject's specific needs. Our curriculum is broad and, whilst all schemes of work are based upon the recommendations of the DfE, all members of staff delight in having the flexibility to explore their subject further, outside the restrictions of the National Curriculum, in order to ensure that our students are inspired and challenged at all stages in their learning journey.

 

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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