GCSE / IGCSE
The Middle School at Worth (Years 9 to 11) provides pupils with a broad understanding of Catholic tradition and prepares them for their first public examinations. A Pre-IB course is available to prepare non-UK students for the IB Diploma programme in the Sixth Form.
The Year 9 curriculum introduces classes in Christian Living and follows a similar pattern to that of Years 7 and 8 with a few further modifications. Art and Design, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education and Religious Studies are studied in preparation for the IGCSE and GCSE courses. Lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are introduced in place of combined science and German or Spanish can replace French or be studied as an optional second language. Latin and Music also become optional.
“The pupils’ strong achievements in both curricular and co-curricular areas are the result of a distinctive focus on the individual.” ISI Inspection 2017.
Following the options process in Year 9, pupils typically prepare for nine or ten (I)GCSEs in Years 10 and 11. An IGCSE in English as a Second Language is offered to a small minority of EAL students in place of English and English Literature.
In addition to the main curriculum, there are many opportunities for academic enrichment. Academic societies such as Young Medics and the Debating Society encourage pupils to develop their interests beyond the classroom.
Once again, academic monitoring is carefully provided and pupils are encouraged to take reasonable academic risks and aim high.
The 2019-20 GCSE Options Booklet can be found here.
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