Academic

 

Curriculum

St Mary's provides a broad and balanced curriculum to GCSE including: Art, biology, chemistry, classical Greek, drama, English, French, geography, German, Greek, history, Italian, information and communication technology, Latin, mathematics, music, physics, physical education, religious studies and Spanish. Pupils also follow a course in Personal, Social and Health Education (Skills for Life) throughout their time at St Mary's.

Our average class size is between 18 to 20, with A Levels being taught in small groups.

Year 7 to 9

In Year 7 girls are introduced to all the major curriculum subjects and learning skills.

In Years 8 and 9 there is the option of a second modern foreign language. Girls first sample and then may choose from German, Italian or Spanish. Classical Greek and Mandarin Chinese are also options available in Year 9.

There are numerous extra curricular activities also on offer. Girls are encouraged to participate in as many of these as they can comfortably fit into their time. Girls make their GCSE choices in the Lent term of Year 9.

Year 10 and 11

These are the GCSE years. The programmes of study last 2 years and are examined in the summer of year 11. Girls typically take 10 subjects at this level. They make their choices in the Lent term of Year 9.

We have a compulsory core of 7 or 8 subjects which provides a balanced education and a secure foundation for further study at more advanced levels. The core subjects are:Student studying in the library

  • English language
  • English literature
  • Modern Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science (GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science) OR
  • Science (three separate sciences: biology, chemistry and physics)
  • Religious Studies

Girls may choose their additional subjects from the list shown. 

  • Art & Design
  • Drama
  • German
  • Classical Greek
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • SpanishPupil in art lesson

During these years all girls continue with Skills for Life lessons.

There are numerous extra curricular activities also on offer. Girls are encouraged to participate in as many of these as they can fit comfortably into their time. Further information about these activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award is here.

Every girl has a tutor who monitors her academic progress. Academic progress is reported to parents four times a year.

Sixth Form

Advanced subsidiary (AS) subjects are taken in the Lower Sixth year.

Girls are advised to take 4 subjects at AS level and continue with 3 at Advanced level in the Upper Sixth.

As well as their chosen subjects girls follow a specially tailored Sixth Form Perspectives Course which may lead to a Pre-U qualification in Global Perspectives at the end of the Lower Sixth year. It also includes a general course in Religious Studies, academic support sessions and a programme of events to extend Academy and other pupils. The Skills for Life programme continues with evening lectures, seminars and discussion groups.

Pupils also undertake two Physical Education sessions each week.  Physical Education is available during and after the school day and includes a variety of sporting activities, ranging from the more traditional hockey and netball, to step aerobics, self defence and yoga. Girls are encouraged to participate in at least two different sport sessions per week.

There are numerous extra curricular activities also on offer including the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Girls are encouraged to participate in as many of these as they can comfortably fit into their time.

AS/A level subjects offered:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation Pupil playing Tennis
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government & Politics
  • Classical Greek
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Further mathematics
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Theology
  • Theatre studies

Every girl has a tutor who monitors her academic progress. Academic progress is reported to parents three times a year.