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View the curriculum for Lower School, Upper School and Sixth Form

The Lower School

(Years 7-9, Ages 11-14)

This is based on Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum but provides considerably greater depth and breadth of challenge. The policy of the School is to provide all pupils with a broad education and to introduce them to as many academic disciplines as possible in order that they can identify subjects which they enjoy and in which they are most successful.

When pupils enter the School in Year 7 (the Shells) at the age of 11, it is assumed they can read fluently, can express themselves clearly and are numerate enough to be fairly accurate in mathematical skills. Over and beyond this, the essential requirement is for pupils to be well motivated. Support is provided for pupils who have some degree of learning difficulty, which is often dyslexia, through the Learning Support department. Provision can also be made for those who have English as an additional language. For more information about the level of support available parents should contact Dr L S Greenway (Head of Learning Support) either by telephone (024 7627 1200) or email ( Whilst all pupils benefit from a full range of opportunities, special provision is made to identify and stretch Gifted and Talented pupils.


The plan below illustrates how pupils spend their timetabled time in the classroom, according to the number of 35 minute periods. It does not take account of clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities.

SubjectShells (11+)Year (12+)Year 9 (13+)
Classical Civilisation--3**
Design Technology22*2
Home Economics22*2
Information Technology222
Religious Studies332
Physical Education222

* Shared Groups

** Choose one modern language and one other. Talented linguists are able to take two modern languages, and one classical.

Third Year Choices 2017-18

Second Year into Third Year options information 2017-18

A short video describing the Third Year options can be found here.

Homework Timetables 2016-17

Shells Homework Timetable

Second Year Homework Timetable

Third Year Homework Timetable

The Middle School

(Years 10-11, Ages 14-16)

This is based on Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum and leads to GCSE (or for the single Sciences iGCSE). All pupils take the core subjects of English and English Literature, Mathematics, a Modern Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition, the following subjects are available in the option system: Art and Design, Classical Civilisation, Design and Realisation, Food and Nutrition, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Latin with Greek, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish and Textiles Technology. Most pupils take 10 GCSE subjects.

At the end of the Third Year (Year 9) all pupils are guided as to which subjects to take in consultation with Tutors, Subject Teachers, Careers Staff and Parents.

GCSE Coursework Booklets:



A booklet is issued which explains clearly the options and describes the GCSE syllabuses in detail.

GCSE Revision Guides and Exam Boards

The Sixth Form

(Years 12-13, Ages 16-19)

On average, 90% of the Year 11 pupils (Fifth Form) remain at Bablake after their GCSEs and others join the School at this point.

Subjects offered at A level are Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Latin, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology and Religious Studies. 

There is also a full programme of Games, Community Service and Enrichment Studies. A number of candidates take the Extended Project Qualification.

The minimum entrance requirement for the Sixth Form is normally five GCSE passes at Grade B with a grade A in the subject to be studied at A level, but the Headmaster reserves the right to alter this for any pupil.

Further details of the Sixth Form Curriculum and an application form are contained in the Sixth Form Handbook which may be obtained from Mrs A J Tumber, Head of Sixth Form, at the School.

Having experienced the other side of the coin in the past, it is always so refreshing to meet teachers who clearly love their job!

Senior School Parent