All students in the Upper School follow a core curriculum in English, Mathematics and Science, where the different courses on offer allow students to progress at a pace appropriate to their current needs. The English department offers English Language and English Literature (2 GCSEs). The Mathematics department offers a GCSE course in Mathematics and some students can elect to study the Further Mathematics GCSE in Year 11.
The Science department offers the Combined Science GCSE, with the highest attaining students in Science studying for the three separate sciences, also known as Triple Science. Some selected students follow Science BTEC. The core curriculum is completed by study in Computing, Personal and Social Development (PSD) and Physical Education.
Students then choose optional subjects from a wide range of GCSEs, BTEC courses, NCFE qualifications and other Entry Level or Level 1 courses. All Level 2 qualifications on offer are equivalent to one GCSE or more. Students have full access to all EBacc subjects and are advised to include a modern foreign language, humanities subject and a technological or a creative subject. This gives balance to the curriculum whilst allowing the opportunity for students to develop individual aptitudes and interests.