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Modern Foreign Languages

The school develops the pupils’ ability to communicate in the international arena. Spanish and French are taught for the first three years. From that point on, these subjects can be selected as GCSE options. Language courses are reinforced with trips to France and Spain where pupils are encouraged to put theory into practice as well as experiencing new and exciting cultures. Theatre companies regularly perform in the school’s excellent theatre, activities and opportunities are arranged where active speaking and listening can take place.

Geography & History

Both of these subjects continue to be popular at the school. History studies help pupils’ acquire sound knowledge and understanding of the past; by using historical sources critically in their context, young Historians are able to draw conclusions and to consider how the past can be represented and interpreted. Geography aims to further pupils’ perceptions of their surroundings and extend their understanding of the world they live in. Throughout the course they will be given the skills to make informed judgments about political, environmental and economic issues that have a geographical dimension.

Religious Education (R.E.)

Religious Education is an important subject because every area of life is touched by issues to do with religion and belief. Studying Religious Education can enable you to develop the skills, insights and understanding you need in today’s world.

As young people who are growing up in a diverse society, studying religion will help you to understand and relate to people whose beliefs, values and viewpoints may be different from your own. It will enable you to deal with issues that arise, not only in school but also in the community. The study of religion will also help you to make connections with a range of other subject areas, such as much, literature, art, politics, economics and social sciences.

Psychology

Whenever we, as teachers, are asked what psychology is about, it doesn’t matter which topic areas we describe, the invariable response is, “that sounds interested”. It most certainly is. We believe that, as you go through the course, you will be intrigued by all the various facets of behaviour that will be discussed. You will begin to learn how the thinking of young children differs from that of adults, why people are prejudiced, why some people experience phobias, how your memory works (and why it sometimes doesn’t!), how much we communicate non-verbally, to name but a few. We hope by the end of the course, you will not only have gained a qualification but also have enjoyed being drawn into the absorbing world of psychology. Beware – some of you may never escape!