Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School

    Introduction to Curriculum

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    Introduction to Curriculum

    For pupils age 11 to age 18 we offer a full and varied curriculum including a wide range of GCSEs and A-levels.  All of these exciting courses are delivered by enthusiastic and gifted teachers operating in an excellent environment.

    After this brief introduction explaining how our curriculum works, each academic department is represented on a separate page.  On each of these pages can be found an introduction to the specific departmental curriculum followed by a Lower School (First, Second and Third Year), Middle School (GCSE) and Senior School (A-level) breakdown of what is broadly on offer.  This information is presented together with any department-related extra-curricular activity that is relevant.  Extra‑curricular activity is an integral and highly valued element of our wider curriculum at Kirkham Grammar School but we aim, in these pages, only to alert you to the breadth of it.

    The tables below show how the curriculum is currently built.  There are three tables: Lower School, Middle School and Senior School; and in each of these the number beside the subject, activity or event indicates the number of school periods (of 1 hour in length) over our two-week timetable that are devoted to it.

    Lower School:

    Periods Allocated

    Subject

    First Year

    Second Year

    Third Year

    English

    7

    7

    7

    Maths

    7

    7

    7

    Biology

    2

    2

    2

    Chemistry

    2

    2

    2

    Physics

    2

    2

    2

    French

    3

    3

    3

    German or Spanish

    2

    3

    3

    Geography

    2

    2

    2

    History

    2

    2

    2

    Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

    2

    2

    2

    Art

    2

    2

    2

    Drama

    2

    2

    2

    Music

    2

    2

    2

    Technology

    2

    2

    3

    PSHE

    2

    2

    1

    Enrichment

    3

    3

    -

    PE

    2

    1

    1

    Games

    4

    4

    4

       

    Middle School:

    Periods Allocated

    Subject

    Fourth and Fifth Year

    English

    6

    Maths

    61

    Biology

    4

    Chemistry

    4

    Physics

    4

    GCSE options2

    20

    Games

    43

    CCF

    2

    Notes

    1. 1. Increasing to 8 periods in the Fifth Year.
    2. 2. 4 subjects @ 5 periods per subject.
      Optional GCSE subjects are:
      Art and Design (Fine Art, Photography), Business Studies, Drama, Design Technology (Electronic Products and Product Design), French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Spanish.
    3. 3. Decreasing to 2 periods in the Fifth Year.

    Upper School:

    Periods Allocated

     

    Lower Sixth

    Upper Sixth

    Subjects1

     

    Usually 4 subjects (or 3 subjects plus EPQ) @ 10 periods per subject = 40

    Usually 3 subjects @ 10 periods per subject = 30

    Games/Activities

    4

    4

    CCF2

    2

    2

    Private Study

    23

    123

    Notes

    1. Subjects available at A-level are:

    1. Art and Design (Fine Art, Photography), Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Technology (Product Design and Design Engineering), Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, Latin, Maths (Mechanics, Statistics and Further), Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish.

    1. 2. Not compulsory.
    2. 3. This number could vary according to whether 3 or 4 subjects are studied at A-level and whether EPQ or CCF is undertaken.

     

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