Key Stage 3 is delivered in two years (instead of three). This provides the school with the opportunity to broaden and deepen learning at Key Stage 4.  

GCSE option choices are made in the Spring Term of Year 8.

Year 7: (The number of sixty-minute periods in a fortnight is written next to each subject) 
English 6
Mathematics 6
Science 6
Modern Foreign  
Languages 6
Geography 4
History 4
Design & Technology 4
Physical Education 4
Computing 2
Art 2
Music 2
Religious Education 2
Personal, Social, Health and  
Citizenship 1
Drama 1

In Year Seven, pupils are taught in their tutor groups for most subjects with smaller classes arranged for Technology lessons. Pupils normally remain in the same tutor group of about thirty girls throughout the main school.  

Physical Education includes games, athletics, gymnastics and dance.

Technology includes Design in the areas of Food, Textiles, Electronics, Graphics, Resistant

Materials and Engineering.

Year 8:
English 6
Mathematics 6
Science 6
Modern Foreign  
Languages 6
Design & Technology 6
Physical Education 4
Geography 3
History 3
Computing 2
Art 2
Religious Education 2
Music 2
Personal, Social, Health and  
Citizenship 1
Drama 1  

In Year Eight, pupils are taught in their tutor groups for most subjects with smaller classes arranged for Technology lessons.

Years 9, 10 and 11

The core subjects taken by all pupils are:
English Language Leading to GCSE
English Literature Leading to GCSE
Mathematics Leading to GCSE
Biology Leading to GCSE
Chemistry Leading to GCSE
A Humanity * (History or/and Geography) Leading to GCSE
A Modern Foreign Language **  Leading to GCSE
(French or/and Spanish)
Physics Leading to GCSE
Physical Education Leading to GCSE (full or short course)
Religious Studies Leading to GCSE
Computing (Year 9 for all) Leading to Functional Skills Qualification
Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship and Careers
Guidance & Work Related Learning
Pupils choose between History or Geography and French or Spanish and then choose two further subjects from list A and one further subject from list B:

List A (subject to change) List B (subject to change)

Art
Business Studies
Dance
Engineering
French
Geography
Graphics
Health & Social Care
History
Music
Spanish

Food & Technology
Computing
Product Design
Textiles

* All pupils must study either History or Geography, or may choose to study both.

** All pupils must study either French or Spanish, or may choose to study both.

All pupils will be able to complete the English Baccalaureate.

Advanced Level Subjects

For September 2012 we offered the following subjects:

Art & Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
DT: Food Technology
DT: Product Design - Graphics
Products
DT: Product Design - Textiles
Drama and Theatre Arts
Economics
English Language and
Literature
English Literature
Extended Project (Years 12 & 13)
French
Further Mathematics (Year 13)
General Studies A2 (13)
Geography
Government and Politics
History
Information and Communication
Technology
Law
Mathematics
Music
Physics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Spanish

The above table illustrates the wide range of subjects available to our current pupils.
Courses are dependent on groups being of a viable size.

Religious Education

Westcliff High School for Girls is a non-denominational school and welcomes pupils of all religious faiths. The programme of Religious Education, which is taught in accordance with the Essex syllabus, aims to give an understanding of the nature of religious beliefs and practices. We believe that it is important for young people to understand how religion affects everyday life in our multi-cultural society and in the world at large. We therefore encourage epresentatives of different faiths to speak in school and arrange visits for our pupils to local places of worship. All pupils are prepared for the full course GCSE in Religious Education which is taken at the end of Year 11.

The daily assembly follows a pattern of broadly Christian worship and is regarded as important, both as a corporate occasion and because of its contribution to the moral and spiritual life of the school. Parents may elect to withdraw their daughters from assembly on religious grounds but it is hoped that few will feel the need to do so. Parents should write to the Headteacher to request permission to withdraw their child and are asked to provide suitable materials for her to study her own religion in the school library during Religious Education and assembly periods.

 

 

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