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Welcome to Senior School at MSJ

Year 7

The curriculum in Year 7 is based on 50 periods a week.  In most cases, these are taught as double blocks. Pupils are taught by specialist teachers in specialist teaching rooms.  Pupils are split into two teaching groups for all subjects; PE and PSHE in particular often feature team teaching or whole-year lessons, as appropriate.  

Subjects follow the new National Curriculum, with some modifications where appropriate.  The aim of the curriculum in Year 7 is to provide opportunities for progression in the main National Curriculum subjects and to introduce pupils to a wide range of disciplines.

Pupils are taught in sets in Mathematics, Science, Languages and Latin.

The following subjects are taken:

SubjectPeriods Per Week
English6
Mathematics6
Art2
Design and Technology: Food, Textiles and Materials4
Drama2
French3
PE6
Geography2
History2
ICT2
Latin3
Music2
PSHE2
Religious Education2
Biology2
Chemistry2
Physics2

Design and Technology is taught on a rotating basis. There are two double lessons (four periods) of Design and Technology each week.  Mandarin, German and Spanish are offered as optional clubs, for those girls keen to experience additional languages.

Year 8

YEAR 8

The curriculum in Year 8 is based on 50 periods a week.  In most cases, these are taught as double blocks.  Pupils are taught by specialist teachers in specialist teaching rooms. Pupils are split into two teaching groups for all subjects; PE and PSHE in particular often feature team teaching or whole-year lessons, as appropriate.  

As for Year 7, subjects follow the new National Curriculum, with some modifications if appropriate.

In addition to the subjects taught in Year 7, pupils in Year 8 are given the choice of a second foreign language (Mandarin, Spanish or German), for three periods per week. To accommodate this, Year 8 have one fewer Mathematics period than they had in Year 7 and two fewer Design and Technology periods than in Year 7.  A second language, delivered at an accelerated pace, may not be an appropriate route for all pupils, especially those who are receiving Learning Support.  For those pupils who do not take up a second Modern Foreign Language, the lessons can be allocated to one-to-one Learning Support or one-to-one English as an Additional Language (EAL) teaching. For girls who wish to take up two additional Modern Foreign Languages, an additional Mandarin class is timetabled as an extension.

Pupils are taught in sets in Mathematics, Science, Languages and Latin.

SubjectPeriods Per Week
English6
Mathematics5
Art2
Design and Technology: Food, Textiles and Materials2
French3
PE6
Geography2
German, Mandarin or Spanish3
Mandarin extension-(Optional)2
History2
ICT2
Latin3
Music2
PSHE2
Religious Education2
Biology2
Chemistry2
Physics2

Design and Technology is taught on a rotating basis. There are two periods of Design and Technology each week.

Year 9

The curriculum in Year 9 is based on 50 periods a week.  In most cases, these are taught as double blocks. Pupils are taught by specialist teachers in specialist teaching rooms.  Pupils are split into at least three teaching groups for all timetabled slots; PE and PSHE in particular often feature team teaching or whole-year lessons, as appropriate.  

Subjects follow the new National Curriculum, with some modifications if appropriate.  IGCSE Biology commences from Year 9, to enable a three-year IGCSE course and more time for embedding knowledge and understanding via practical work.  Foundation Skills English Level 2 is taken by Year 9 girls, as is the WJEC Level 1 Certificate in Latin.

In Year 9, Careers Education and Guidance comes to the forefront of the PSHE programme.  All pupils receive formal lessons designed to prepare them for their first big decision-making exercise, GCSE options.  Parents and guardians are invited to an Options evening and then a Parents’ Consultation to discuss their daughter’s progress and choices.

In Year 9, the choice of Modern Foreign Languages is continued from Year 8 (French plus either German or Spanish; Mandarin will roll forwards from Year 8 in 2015-2016).  As in Year 8, this may not be an appropriate route for all pupils, especially those who are receiving Learning Support.  For those pupils who do not study a second Modern Foreign Language, the lessons can be allocated to one-to-one Learning Support or one-to-one EAL teaching.  A curriculum EAL class is taught at the same time as Spanish and German, for girls who benefit from core EAL provision.  There are beginners’ classes in both French and Latin for girls joining the School in Year 9 who have not previously studied those subjects.  

Pupils are taught in sets in Mathematics, Science, Languages and Latin.

SubjectPeriods Per Week
English6
Mathematics5
Art2
Design and Technology:Food, Textiles and Materials2
French3
German or Spanish or EAL3
PE6
Geography2
History2
ICT2
Latin3
Music2
PSHE2
Religious Education2
Biology2
Chemistry2
Physics2

Design and Technology is taught on a rotating basis. There are two periods of Design and Technology each week.

Year 10

Pupils are encouraged to follow a broad and balanced range of subjects at GCSE/IGCSE and recommendations are made to ensure this.  However, in some cases individual pupils are allowed to deviate from the normal pattern if it is considered appropriate.  Some pupils who benefit from Learning Support take fewer subjects.  Pupils have at least 2 periods a week of timetabled study time, labelled as Personal Study on their timetables.

A mixture of GCSEs and IGCSEs are offered, according to the Head of Subject’s recommendation, to maximise girls’ attainment.  That which is best for our learners is the priority, not the changeable rules on whether a certain qualification counts or does not count in that year’s results league tables.

Pupils are set for Mathematics.  The Mathematics course leads to the International GCSE (IGCSE) Mathematics and, for some at the top end of the ability range, Free-Standing Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ) in Additional Mathematics.  A curriculum EAL class is taught, for girls who would benefit from core EAL provision.  This is allocated 2 periods per week and allocated an option block to suit the subjects chosen by the girls requiring this EAL class.

The curriculum is as follows:

All pupils take:

  • English (Language and Literature – 2 IGCSEs) 6
  • Mathematics IGCSE 5
  • Double Science (2 IGCSEs) 9

Pupils also choose four or five subjects from the following list, each of which has four periods per week on the girl’s timetable.

  • Art and Design
  • Art and Design: Textiles
  • Business Studies IGCSE
  • Computing
  • Critical Thinking AS Level
  • Drama 
  • Design and Technology: Food Technology
  • Design and Technology: Product Design
  • Economics IGCSE
  • French IGCSE 
  • Geography IGCSE 
  • German IGCSE 
  • Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)
  • History
  • ICT
  • Latin 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education 
  • Triple Science IGCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Religious Studies 
  • Spanish IGCSE 

In addition, all pupils have lessons in: 

PSHE/Careers 2
PE 4
Personal Study (minimum) 2

There is a choice between Double Science and Triple Science.  Science and Additional Science (called DS or Double Science: two IGCSEs) are subdivided into three strands, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Each strand is taught by subject specialists.  Each strand has three lessons per week, one double and one single.  The Triple Science course leads to three separate IGCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Each IGCSE has four lessons each week.  

Pupils are provided with a comprehensive Careers Programme leading to Post-16 and Post-18 choices.  

A curriculum EAL class is taught for those who would benefit from such provision, as allocated by the Head of EAL.  Pupils whose first language is not English can take GCSE and A Level examinations in their own languages, where available.  This offer is continued into the Sixth Form.

Year 11

As for Year 10, pupils continue to follow a broad and balanced range of subjects at GCSE. However, in some cases individual pupils are allowed to deviate from the normal pattern if it is considered appropriate.  Some pupils who benefit from Learning Support take fewer subjects.  Pupils have at least 4 periods a week of timetabled study time, labelled as Personal Study on their timetables.  The option of Computing will roll forwards from Year 10 in 2015-2016.

Pupils are set for Mathematics.  The Mathematics course leads to the International GCSE (IGCSE) Mathematics and, for some at the top end of the ability range, Free-Standing Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ) in Additional Mathematics.  

The curriculum is as follows. 

All pupils take: 

SubjectPeriods Per Week
English (Language and Literature-2 IGCSEs)6
Mathematics5
Double Science9

 
Pupils also choose four or five subjects from the following list, each of which has four periods per week on the girl’s timetable.

  • Art and Design
  • Art and Design: Textiles 
  • Business Studies IGCSE 
  • Critical Thinking AS Level
  • Drama 
  • Design and Technology: Food Technology
  • Design and Technology: Product Design 
  • Economics IGCSE
  • French IGCSE 
  • Geography IGCSE 
  • German IGCSE 
  • Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)
  • History 
  • ICT
  • Latin 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education 
  • Triple Science IGCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and 
  • Physics) 
  • Spanish IGCSE. 

In addition, all pupils follow courses in: 

SubjectsPeriods Per Week
PSHE/Careers2
PE4
Personal Study4


As for Year 10, Double Science (Science and Additional Science: two IGCSEs) is subdivided into three strands, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Each strand is taught by subject specialists.  Each strand has three lessons per week, one double and one single.  The Triple Science course leads to three separate IGCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Each IGCSE has four lessons each week.  
Pupils are provided with a comprehensive Careers Programme leading to Post-16 and Post-18 choices.  
A curriculum EAL class is taught for those who continue to benefit from such provision.  Pupils whose first language is not English can take GCSE and A Level examinations in their own languages, where available.  This offer is continued into the Sixth Form.