Year 9 & GCSE Curriculum

Helen M - Top Achiever

Helen M secured ten grade 9s plus an A grade in Additional Maths. As an Arts and Academic Scholar, Helen also studied Art off timetable and achieved an impressive grade 7 in that also!

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Toby C - Top Achiever

Toby C secured ten grade 9s plus an A grade in Additional Maths. An Academic Scholar and a member of the Schools’ academic Roberts Society, Toby enjoys coding and was proud to gain a Distinction in the Perse Coding Team Challenge.

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Alexandra C - Top Achiever

Alexandra C achieved a fantastic seven grade 9s and two grade 8s and will be going on to study IB Diploma at Felsted (Higher Levels in Philosophy, Psychology and Sports Science).

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Isabella C - Top Achiever

Isabella C gained a superb eight grade 9s, one grade 8 and an A in Additional Maths and will be going on to study A Levels in French, History, TEP (Theology, Ethics and Philosophy) and Government & Politics.

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Pierre G - Top Achiever

Pierre G, a full boarder from Monaco, did exceptionally well to achieve five grade 9s and five grade 8s, plus an A grade in Additional Maths. One of his top grades was in French, which he studied off timetable.

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Thomas S - Top Achiever

Thomas S, an Academic and Sports Scholar, who achieved an impressive seven grade 9s and two grade 8s and will be going on to study the IB Diploma at Felsted (Higher Levels in French, Geography and Sports Science).

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Ruby R - Top Achiever

Ruby R gained nine 9s and an A in Additional Maths and will be going on to study the IB Diploma at Felsted (Higher Levels in Economics, English and Latin).

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Archie H - Top Achiever

Archie H secured nine grade 9s plus an A grade in Additional Maths. Archie will be going to study A Levels in History, Maths, Physics and Spanish.

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Thomas B - Top Achiever

Thomas B achieved a clean sweep of nine grade 9s. An Academic Scholar and member of the Schools’ academic Roberts Society, Thomas enjoys coding, and was proud to gain a Distinction in the Perse Coding Team Challenge.

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Zara D - Top Achiever

Zara D achieved a stunning set of GCSEs, with six grade 9s, three grade 8s and a grade 7. She is going on to study A Levels in Drama, Economics, German and History with a view to studying History and German at University.

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Mariella B - Top Achiever

Junior Guildhall Music Scholar Mariella B achieved a strong set of GCSE results alongside her musical studies. Mariella plays Percussion at Junior Guildhall, studying there on Saturdays as part of Felsted’s proud partnership, and is also taking Piano and Electronic Music as additional studies.

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GCSE Success - Laura T

Laura has balanced her academic study with a love of Drama and singing, performing in Felsted's recent productions of 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Goodnight Mister Tom' and being an active member of the chapel choir.

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GCSE Success - Charles C-P

A Felsted Music Scholar, Charles has been involved in all the major concerts, playing both the Violin and Double Bass at grade 8 standard and performing with the Felsted Orchestra, String Group and Steel Band.

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GCSE Success - Deborah O

Deborah will be staying at Felsted Sixth Form to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma, where she will be studying Economics, English, Psychology, Spanish and Maths.

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Year 9

In Year 9 pupils study up to eighteen subjects over a two week timetable of 58 periods. The aim is to provide a broad, balanced curriculum which allows pupils to experience a wide range of subjects, some of which may not have been offered during their earlier schooling. Each lesson is 55 minutes in length apart from those on a Saturday morning, which last for 50 minutes.

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GCSE

The aim for Years 10 and 11 is to follow a curriculum based on a ‘core’ of English, Maths and Science and four ‘options’ that ensures a broadly balanced programme for all pupils, without inhibiting the specialisation required for a variety of Sixth Form courses.

In Years 10 and 11, every pupil studies English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science. There are two routes through Science GCSE: pupils can choose to study separate Sciences, in which case they must choose Science as one of their ‘option’ subjects; otherwise, they will study Combined Science: Trilogy (worth two GCSEs). The remaining four optional subjects allow the opportunity for pupils to tailor their programme to suit their abilities and intentions for further study. The framework within the options ensures that a balanced curriculum is followed. In certain circumstances a pupil will be advised to take three rather than four optional subjects so that additional time may be spent on supporting their core subjects. In Years 10 and 11 pupils also follow non-examined courses in Physical Education and PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education).

Two Felsted students measuring a sample in a science class

Each pupil should choose four optional subjects ensuring that they meet the requirements of the two restrictions placed on the choice.

1. One of the following Modern Foreign Languages must be chosen: French, German, Spanish, and Latin

2. A humanities subject must be chosen: Classical Civilisation, Geography, History, Latin, and Theology, Ethics and Philosophy (Religious Studies)

The remaining two choices can be selected from: Art and Design, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Design and Technology (Resistant Materials), Drama, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Theology, Ethics and Philosophy (Religious Studies), Science (for Separate Sciences), and Spanish

Support for Learning (SfL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) are also available as an optional subject for those pupils who need them. Opting for SfL means that additional time may be spent on supporting the core subjects. This option may be selected upon recommendations from the SfL department. EAL should be chosen by those pupils whose native language is other than English.

Senior Academic Overview

Yrs 9 & 10 Entry - Academic Overview (4 mins)

An introduction to Felsted's Senior School academic programme from Mrs Sarah Capewell, Deputy Head (Academic).