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Curriculum

At Chesham Grammar School, we have devised a curriculum that provides a broad and balanced education for all students. We believe that the most effective way of getting students ready for a rapidly changing world is to give students a broad education, covering a wide range of disciplines and subjects. Our curriculum ensures that students follow a pathway that is balanced between traditional, academic subjects and the more creative subjects. The comprehensive knowledge and skills developed by students through exposure to this wide-ranging curriculum will give them the flexibility to adapt successfully in our fast-paced world.  

Our curriculum recognises the importance of enabling students to develop a deep and rich knowledge of subjects. A deep and rich knowledge of subjects unlocks opportunities for students that are simply not available when teachers skim over topics. Teachers immerse students in their subjects and we provide depth through teaching beyond the specifications, as well as providing numerous extra-curricular opportunities for students.

Chesham Grammar School is staffed by specialists who are passionate about their subject and the standard of teaching is high.  Our main priority is learning and we aim to enable our students to develop the habits of the CGS Learner so as to prepare them to lead successful lives whichever pathway they choose to take once they have left the school. We want students to be confident and resilient so that they know how to learn for themselves.  While teachers encourage, support and guide pupils, we expect them to take a good deal of responsibility for their own learning and to be resourceful, to relish challenges and to persevere when they find things hard. 

At the heart of our curriculum is the personal development of our students.  Through our Life Skills and extra-curricular programme including Careers and Enterprise, we support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students as well as promoting healthy living and positive relationships. We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to make the right choices to ensure that they lead safe and secure lives.

Key Stage 3

All students at Key Stage 3 study English with a specialist English teacher. There is an emphasis on developing high levels of literacy and a love of reading which is further supported through the Reading Hour in the Library. Key Stage 3 students are taught Science in well-equipped laboratories, covering topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology before embarking on all of these as separate Science GCSEs in Year 9. Mathematics is taught initially in teaching groups and after careful analysis of test results throughout Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability groups (with a top set) in Year 8, to ensure the pace of learning can be adapted to suit the needs of individuals.

Our Modern Foreign Languages programme recognises that through achieving success and confidence in one new language, students develop skills that will be transferable when they study a second language. All students start with French in Year 7 and then study German or Spanish in Year 8.

KS3 students study History, Geography and PRE; these subjects are brought to life through practical exploration and opportunities for independent projects. In Technology, students experience programmes of study that cover a wide range of design skills including Engineering, Food Technology and Textiles. All students also take Computer Science where the develop their coding skills.

At Chesham Grammar School we also believe firmly that the Creative Arts are an entitlement all students should have at Key Stage 3; the Arts are not only important disciplines in themselves, they enable students to develop their confidence, collaborative skills and imagination so important across the curriculum. Students study Music, Drama, Dance and Art.

The school values the importance of students developing their confidence in sport and physical activity, promoting the enjoyment of exercise as essential for a healthy life-style. All Key Stage 3 students have two hours of PE each week. Through sport, students develop their practical skills and learn the important values of teamwork, leadership, and mutual respect.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum provides a broad and challenging programme that prepares students to study ten subjects at GCSE, with the expectation of progression to A levels and beyond into higher education.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE, students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum. Students take 6 core subjects – English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. They are then able to choose four other subjects – a Language, a Humanity, a creative subject and one other, usually a second creative subject.

Our Life Skills and PE programme continues at Key Stage 4. In addition, all students continue to have one PRE lesson over a two week period, and students are given the opportunity to opt in to sitting the Short Course PRE GCSE examination.

Sixth Form

Chesham Grammar School has an academic Sixth Form.  Students study either three or four subjects at A level.  Many students also take the Extended Project Qualification. All students follow a programme of non-examination Sixth Form Studies including PE, the lecture programme, study skills, volunteering, work experience and much more. Our Sixth Form lecture programme includes careers advice and ensures that students are well-prepared for their next stage of life.  There are also numerous opportunities for the development of leadership skills throughout the Sixth Form.

 

If you would like further information on any of the subjects listed, please contact office@cheshamgrammar.org and the appropriate Subject Leader or the Curriculum Deputy will answer your queries.