All students in KS4 study at least 10 subjects, with many increasing this number to 11 or 12 through accelerated programmes of study for the Gifted and Talented. The following subjects are compulsory at GCSE: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Religious Education. Students take at least one Science, at least one one subject from the Environment and Society suite and at least one Modern Foreign Language. A wide range of additional subjects are included to ensure the needs of all students are met.
Students also follow Physical Education, Personal Development and Careers programmes designed to support their academic studies. Guidance on the selection of GCSE subjects begins in January of Year 10 and every effort is made to accommodate the combinations of non-compulsory subjects.
|Agriculture and Land Use||French||Music|
|Art & Design||Further Mathematics||Physical Education|
|Biology||Geography||Performing Arts: Double Award|
|Computing||Irish||Science: Double Award|
|Economics||Learning for Life and Work||Spanish|
|English Language||Mathematics||Technology and Design|
|English Literature||Media Studies|
‘The pupils attain outstanding examination outcomes at GCSE level.’
‘The percentage of pupils attaining 7 or more GCSE examinations at grades A* to C, including English and Mathematics, is significantly above the NI average for similar schools.’
ETI, March 2014