At GCSE, pupils will be expected to study a core curriculum of Religious Studies, English and Mathematics alongside at least one language and one science and four other subjects. The latter may include History, Geography, Physical Education, Computing, Art & Design, Music and Drama.
Pupils will therefore take up to 10 GCSE subjects: Religious Studies, English, English Literature, Mathematics, a Language, a Science and 4 other options. Less academic pupils might take fewer options and have curriculum support lessons as appropriate, and some will concentrate on one, rather than both English GCSEs.
Pupils have plenty of opportunity for consultation about GCSE options. Tutors play a significant role as well as individual subject teachers and Heads of Department. The Careers Department can provide advice and assistance regarding the GCSEs that need to be taken in order to pursue certain careers; for example, a pupil considering medicine as a career should take Chemistry through to A Level plus at least one other subject from Biology/Physics/Maths.
Results in GCSE examinations have been above the national average for maintained schools and results in International GCSE examinations are higher than worldwide norms.