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Curriculum

Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School offers a broad and balanced curriculum for all students that:-

  • Supports every student to fulfil her potential.
  • Promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge and understanding and a love of learning.
  • Nurtures lively, imaginative and enquiring minds.
  • Encourages students to develop initiative, to be independent learners and to take responsibility for their own learning. 
  • Develops creativity, critical awareness, empathy and sensitivity.
  • Develops young people who take responsibility for their own behaviour and contribute positively to society.
  • Fosters success and aspiration across the whole breadth of the curriculum and promote female representation in science, technology, engineering and maths careers.
  • Meets the needs, aptitudes and interests of all students.
  • Ensures students acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and are innovative and equipped for the fast changing world around them.
  • Stimulates an understanding of the world in which we live, including a local, national and international dimension.
  • Encourages strong positive relationships between staff, students and parents/carers.
  • Develop personal and moral values, respect for shared values and for other cultures, religions and ways of life. 
  • Promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Creates extra-curricular opportunities for students to take part in a range of social, artistic, cultural, sporting, dramatic, musical, mathematical, scientific, technological and, where appropriate, international events and activities that promote aspects of SMSC development. 

The KS3 and KS4 overviews below provide basic information on subjects and teaching time. For more detail on each subject please select from the list under More in Curriculum.

Information about the Post 16 Curriculum can be found in the Sixth Form area of the website.

Key Stage 3 Overview studied in Years 7-9

Subject

Hours per fortnight

English

6

Mathematics

6

Science

6

Art

2

Drama

2

Modern Foreign Languages (French/Spanish)

6

Geography

3

History

3

Computing

2

Music

2

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

2

Physical Education

4

Religious Studies

2

Technology

4

Total Hours per Fortnight

50

Girls are taught in mixed ability teaching groups, apart from Mathematics (years 7, 8 and 9) and Modern Foreign Languages (years 8 and 9).

Key Stage 4 Overview studied in Years 10 and 11

Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School offers an inclusive and customised curriculum to all Key Stage 4 students.

Core subjects
GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science: Double  or Triple and Religious Studies.

Other compulsory non GCSE courses are:
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education which includes Citizenship and Careers Education and Guidance)
Physical Education

Students opt to study four of the following subjects:
GCSEs in Art and Design, Business Studies, Computing, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, French, Geography, History, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Graphic Products, Product Design and Textiles.
BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care and Fashion and Retail - BTEC Level 2 First Award.

Girls also have the opportunity to study the following course at a local college
Certificate in an introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector Level 1 City and Guilds.
We also give some girls the opportunity to have additional support by following a Key Skills Programme which includes additional English and/or Mathematics.

GCSE Courses

Art and Design

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry

Computing

Drama

Economics

English Language and Literature

Food Preparation and Nutrition

French

Geography

History

Media Studies

Mathematics

Music

Physical Education

Physics

RS: Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Science (Core and Additional)

Spanish

Technology: Graphic Products

Technology: Product Design

Technology: Textiles

 

 

Other Examined Courses

Health and Social Care (BTEC Level 2 First Award)

Certificate in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector Level 1

Fashion and Retail (BTEC Level 2 First Award)

 

 

Non Examined Courses

Physical Education

PSHE and Citizenship