In Key Stages 3 and 4 Lady Margaret School follows the National Curriculum and offers a curriculum designed to develop a range of skills that will support and challenge students in reaching their full academic potential. The academic curriculum combines with PSHE and a wide range of extra-curricular activities to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students, and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. A strong collective worship ethos also provides students with the necessary values, skills and habits to appreciate human creativity and achievement and to become educated citizens.
The school offers a range of academic subjects at Advanced Level. This is an academic curriculum designed to provide students in the Sixth Form with the best opportunities to pursue their chosen course at University. The entry requirements are a minimum of six grade Bs (or grade 6) at GCSE, and some subjects have additional entry requirements.
KS3 Subject Overview
Lady Margaret School follows the National Key Stage 3 Curriculum; the core subjects offered are English, Mathematics, and Science. In addition, the foundation subjects offered are Religious Studies, Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish), History, Geography, Art and Design, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), Design and Technology, Music and Physical Education.
PSHE is delivered by the form tutor in a timetabled lesson. Citizenship is also addressed in other areas of the curriculum and as part of the school’s collective worship.
KS4 Subject Overview
Lady Margaret School follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage 4 with all students studying the compulsory core subjects at GCSE: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Core and Additional Science or Triple Science. In addition, students must study additional GCSE subjects; GCSE Religious Studies, PSHE (not examined) and Games (non-examined physical education) are compulsory for all pupils. A Modern Foreign Language (French and/or Spanish) is compulsory for most students, and all students must study a humanities subject - either Geography and/or History. Each student must then select an additional subject though the options system; the choices are- Food Preparation and Nutrition, Design and Technology Textiles, Music or Art and Design. A small number of students also study Latin for which there is off-site provision. Students not required to take a Modern Foreign Language have additional provision in English and Mathematics as well as taking the ECDL qualification.
With recent changes to GCSEs coursework or controlled assessments are being phased out for many subjects. This means that there will be an increased focus on the learning and application of knowledge, as well as a spiral curriculum where knowledge and skills are continually revisited. Students will be preparing for terminal examinations that will require them to retain a significant amount of knowledge and information.
KS5 Subject Overview
Students in the sixth form are able to select three A level subjects from a range of academic subjects in different option blocks. Subjects offered include Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology (Textiles), Economics, English Literature, Fine Art, French, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Spanish. Further Mathematics is offered outside of these option blocks. The most able students are able to take 4 A level subjects and/or study for the Extended Project Qualification. All students are required to attend a weekly Beliefs and Values lesson and they have a say in designing the curriculum for this course.
There is also one compulsory PSHE lesson per week and this provides time for a range of essential activities such as discussion of social and moral issues, guest speakers, careers advice, preparation for university applications and mock interviews.
All sixth form students are expected to contribute to the wider life of the school, for example by academic mentoring of students in lower year groups, running extra-curricular clubs, or acting as subject prefects.