Academic standards and expectations are high, small classes promote active and confident learning, and all girls benefit from teaching and support directed to their individual strengths, needs, and interests.
English, mathematics and the sciences are included within each girl’s individual programme. French, Spanish and Latin are offered to everyone, and are popular choices at GCSE, AS and A Level, as are art and design, drama and music, subjects which are components of the main curriculum and also prominent in the extra-curricular programme. Religion and philosophy, sport, ICT, history, geography and home economics are further components of the main curriculum and available also within the GCSE, AS and A Level programme. Thus girls study 16 or so subjects in the first years of senior school before coming to focus on 10 or so GCSE subjects and then four or five AS/ A Level subjects, these choices drawn from 20+ GCSE options and 20+ AS/A Level options.
Stimulating specialist teaching across a broad curriculum encourages curiosity, questioning and investigation and an enthusiasm for intellectual exploration and discovery. Girls value the opportunity for discussion and research, in and outside lessons, and at all stages they are helped to be actively engaged in their learning and able to move easily between learning with others and learning independently.