Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to ensure that, in the younger years, pupils gain experience in the following areas:

  • Linguistic
  • Mathematical
  • Scientific
  • Technological
  • Human and social
  • Physical and aesthetic
  • Creative

The broad and balanced curriculum in Years 7 and 8 allows pupils to make an informed decision in Year 9 when they make choices in creative subjects and in languages. We take care to ensure that no pupil, at this stage, closes off the possibility of availing herself of the whole range of subjects for GCSE.

In addition to the traditional subjects they study in Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils follow a Learning to Learn programme which includes familiarising themselves with our excellent library facilities, exploring different learning styles and examining the theory of multiple intelligences.

The Year 9 Challenge is a skills-based programme of study which teaches Year 9 pupils about teamwork, leadership, project management and a host of other skills which will equip them for further study and the workplace.

At the end of Year 9, pupils make their choices for GCSE/IGCSE. All pupils study 10 subjects. The core subjects are English language, English literature, mathematics, science (double award or separate sciences) and a modern foreign language. In addition, they choose three or four subjects from the 15 on offer as options.

Year 10 pupils are encouraged to write a research essay in the first term of Key Stage 4. Taught elements of this include how to conduct effective research, how to organise one’s time, referencing and how to construct and present an argument.

In the Sixth Form, after receiving meaningful careers advice, pupils study three A level subjects and one AS subject. They make their choices from the 30 subjects on offer and the options blocks are drawn up to accommodate the students’ subject combination. In Year 12, students are encouraged to pursue the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) as the skills it embodies prepare them well for their university careers.

At HMSG, we believe that all pupils are individuals with individual learning needs. The learning support we offer is tailored to those individual needs, whether they be stretch for the exceptionally able and talented or support, temporary or permanent, for pupils who are encountering difficulties in their studies. Our results bear witness to the effectiveness of the support we offer to all pupils, whatever their needs.