The School seeks to provide an environment in which each pupil has the opportunity to develop talents and interests to the full so that he/she is well prepared to lead a satisfying and useful adult life both in his/her work and leisure.
We aim for the highest standards in all our activities. The curriculum is aimed at giving a broad education, whilst providing specialisation along the way.
In the first year boys learn to adapt to the more formal atmosphere of a secondary school and are encouraged to develop sound habits of work and behaviour. The curriculum comprises English, Mathematics, separate Sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics, three languages - French, German and Latin, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art, Music, Design Technology, PE and Games and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Setting occurs in Mathematics from Year 9. The use of information technology is central to all teaching and computing forms part of Design Technology lessons in years 7, 8 and 9.
All pupils follow a rich program of PSHE and Citizenship in three collapsed timetable days through the year, which includes an increasing amount of careers advice as they progress up the school.
Boys usually take ten subjects for GCSE, English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, a foreign language, all 3 separate Sciences, supplemented by three other subjects from those listed above. Advice is given on selection of subjects, and individual requirements are fully considered. GCSE Mathematics is supplemented in the top sets with a more advanced course.
In Year 12, almost all pupils study at 4 subjects, with some studying 5. Students are expected to continue with 4 subjects to A Level in Year 13, though some choose to focus on just three. A wide choice of subjects is offered at A level: English Literature, French, German, Latin, Art, Design & Technology, Music, PE, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Economics, Politics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Most combinations of subjects can be accommodated.