Senior School

Key Stage 3 and GCSE Curriculum

All children are CAT scored (Cognitive Abilities Test) and academically assessed on arrival to ensure that our and parental expectations are realistically set. This policy along with exceptionally small class sizes allows my teaching team to create the perfect learning environment.

- Independent Schools Inspectorate

Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7-9)

All pupils study a breadth of subjects including Geography, Media Studies; Drama; Music and Home Economics and 5 languages, French; German; Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese. All 3 Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and physics are delivered as separate GCSE subjects, and these can also be taken at AS and A-Level. The wide scope of learning allows pupils to experience a variety of subjects and develop a core understanding and knowledge base in all of their subjects. Certain subjects are continued throughout their education at Moorland School, whilst others are available as options.

Some subjects such as ICT allow students to complete a one year vocational qualification ECDL in Year 9, which they will be able to collect in Year 11 with their other qualifications. This was introduced after the SATS were removed in order to give pupils a tangible outcome at the end of their KS3 studies.

The pupils’ behaviour, both in lessons and around the school, is exemplary.

- Independent Schools Inspectorate

GCSE Curriculum (Years 10-11)

Compulsory subjects

All pupils take GCSEs in English, English Literature and Mathematics.

All pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Key Stage 3. Whilst students can still elect to study Science as an Additional or Dual Award, we would always recommend that Sciences should be taken as separate subjects.

The academic gulf between GCSE and A-Level can be overwhelming as we know. This therefore can lead to many academic institutions refusing student entry onto A-Level programmes unless they have secured at least a B grade at GCSE in that subject as a perquisite for that course of A-Level study.

All pupils take a GCSE in ICT / Business.

All pupils study a foreign language to GCSE; French, German, Mandarin, Cantonese or Spanish. They may choose to study a further language as one of their optional subjects.

The parents are highly satisfied with the education and support provided for their children.

Responses to the parents’ pre-inspection questionnaires show an exceptionally high level of support for almost all aspects of the work of the school, all of which were confirmed by the inspection findings.

- Independent Schools Inspectorate

The pupils’ behaviour, both in lessons and around the school, is exemplary.

- Independent Schools Inspectorate

Option subjects

The majority of our students study 11 GCSE subjects.

However some students study a reduced GCSE academic programme, because they maybe Elite signed Ballet or Academy Football Players.

A few students will also study fewer options at GCSE, as this has been negotiated by parents and the Director of Studies, due to SEN difficulties or weaknesses, reduced confidence in the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science.

This only normally applies to Drama where we require a minimum number of 5 students, so that the devise curriculum will work.

Master Classes

Please note that the school day finishes at 4pm everyday. However we run Master Classes for the Year 11 students on a Monday; Tuesday and Wednesday. These classes are delivered by our professionally qualified teaching staff from 4pm to 5pm in English; Mathematics and Science.

These Master Classes are often as free after school classes to ensure that our Year 11 students maximise their academic potentials at GCSE.

Please note that our Year 11 students are never given study leave and are worked within the classroom environment right up to and including their last GCSE examination.