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The Curriculum

YEARS 7 and 8

In addition to the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum we expect all pupils to participate in the following:

  • A second modern foreign language in Year 8
  • A two year Latin course
  • A technology carousel
  • A creative arts programme which includes Drama as well as Art and Music
  • A discovery programme where tutors work with their tutor groups to help develop the skills needed to accustom them to life at boarding school
  • The “Education for Living” programme - Christ’s Hospital’s Personal and Social Education Programme, which extends throughout the School.                                                              

YEARS 9 - 11

At the beginning of Year 9, pupils continue with the core subjects of English, Maths, Science (taught as the separate disciplines Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and they choose five, reducing to four in Year 10, further subjects including at least one humanity (History, Geography or Theology & Philosophy), at least one Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Mandarin or Spanish) and two other subjects which can be freely chosen. All of these are then studied to GCSE. The early choice in Year 9 ensures that there is ample time to explore and enjoy chosen subjects.

Subjects that are available as options currently are: History, Geography, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, Greek, Art, Drama, Music, Information Technology, Food Technology, Design Technology, Graphic Product Design, PE/Sports Science and Theology & Philosophy.

Additionally, all pupils will have one period per week for a half-year carousel of PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education) and IT (Information Technology).

Pupils attend Chapel services twice a week which include talks on varied topics, and they will also be placed in a small tutor group which meets once a week. The tutor explores topical, academic and personal issues with their tutor group. This, alongside the PSHE and Year Group assemblies, delivers a programme of individualised career advice for both post-16 educational and vocational experience,

Sixth Form pupils at Christ’s Hospital have the choice of two courses of study: a combination of Pre-U and A Level subjects or the IB Diploma Programme.

The range of physical education available at Christ’s Hospital is outstanding. From dance and physical theatre in the drama curriculum, through to a PE curriculum that encompasses a wide range of traditional and modern activities including, for example, yoga, swimming, rugby and gymnastics. Physical activity is an integral facet of the curriculum for every child, regardless of their chosen specialisms.

Our extensive co-curricular programme offers an impressive range of sporting, creative and adventurous activity alongside a range of intellectual, recreational and service opportunities.

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