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Academic

The Curriculum

The curriculum spans a whole range of traditional subjects, including Latin and three foreign languages in Year 7. Our flexible ‘pathways’ curriculum enables us to personalise the students’ learning so they can be entered for some examinations early, but only if they are ready to do so. By the end of Year 11 our students will have taken between ten and thirteen GCSEs. The expectation is that they will achieve A* - C grades in every subject. There is the opportunity for some students to take AS levels in Year 11.

Almost all of our students stay with us for two years in the Sixth Form to study AS and A2 level subjects. Many students join us from other schools after GCSEs, including a number of boys. We offer over twenty-five A-level subjects with the majority of students going on to study at university or the equivalent.

The curriculum is underpinned by our modern computer network of over 250 workstations located throughout the school. Students are encouraged to use the facilities at any time, before, during and after school. Our ‘Virtual Learning Environment’ enables students to use ICT independently in all aspects of their learning. Nearly all classrooms are equipped with electronic whiteboards and data projectors. In addition, there is a modern, fully equipped Language Laboratory.

In recognition of our forward-looking approach, we were the first girls’ grammar school in England to be awarded ‘Technology College Status’ in 1994. As the result of a successful Ofsted inspection in 2007, we were designated a ‘High Performing Specialist School’ and consequently we have adopted Modern Foreign Languages as a second specialism.

The progress of all students is carefully tracked and monitored and measures are in place to help those who require additional support. There is also additional support and a range of opportunities provided for those students identified as being ‘Gifted and Talented’.

Curriculum Statement

At Chatham Grammar School for Girls we have a curriculum designed to provide a stimulating education for all students. We believe it places education at the heart of the learning community and provides equality of opportunity and access for all.

All students at CGSG follow a core academic curriculum, which includes a comprehensive and balanced range of GCSEs leading to the EBacc and A level programmes. The curriculum offer is robust and ensures students gain places at prestigious universities across the UK and enter into a variety of high profile careers and professions in key areas such as Science, Business, Arts, Law and Finances.

In Years 7, the curriculum is aimed at equipping students with independent learning skills as well as to giving them the opportunity to experience a wide range of subjects prior to making informed choices for the future.

Year 7 and 8 students study the following: Core skills – focused on developing learning skills as well as developing an awareness of the world of work and possible careers.

English (with Drama)
Mathematics
Science
Technology (including ICT, Textiles, Food)
Geography
History Spanish, French and German (as a carousel in Year 7 before choosing two languages for Year 8)
Latin
Music Religious Education
PE
PSHE/citizenship

Students take GCSEs in the following subjects:

English Language
English Literature
Mathematics
Statistics Dual Science RE
A Modern Foreign language

Students also select three other subjects from a wide offer including: Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) Art and Design Computer Science Dance Drama Food and Nutrition Geography History Music Latin A second language (chosen from French, German or Spanish) Physical Education Technology Textiles

Alongside the examination subjects listed, all students have lessons in PE/Games and Core/PSHE.

In the Sixth Form, students study three or four A levels, but will also have the opportunity to access vocational level 3 courses where appropriate.

Assessment Students at CGSG are expected to make outstanding progress and meet challenging academic targets. Students are formally assessed under exam conditions in all subjects, in all year groups three times a year. Exam outcomes are sent to parents/carers. In addition, teachers mark and assess ongoing class work and homework and provide diagnostic feedback for future development.

Homework In Year 7, students complete homework in two subjects per evening spending about 30 minutes on each one. Each student has a copy of the homework timetable in her planner. Students can write down their homework and deadlines into their planners to ensure that they stay organised and on task. Homework is not set during the school holidays. Homework club takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:15pm in the library or a computer room. As students move to the next year group the quantity of homework increases until in Year 11 students are expected to spend approximately 2 hours per week day evening.

In summary the curriculum is intended to provide a high quality experience for all, promoting breadth, balance and depth. Above all it should present stretch, challenge and stimulus in order to promote the highest possible levels of educational achievement.

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