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Forging future citizens: Our curriculum

It’s a privilege for us to teach girls as they move from childhood to young adulthood and start to contemplate their future. The task of cultivating enlightened, responsible citizens of the 21st century is one we take seriously. It starts with our curriculum.

With life beyond South Hampstead on the horizon, we follow a curriculum that equips each girl with the means to develop her intellectual abilities as well as her personal and social values. Students are able to explore a deep and expansive body of knowledge, and to discover their strengths and interests via a broad, balanced range of academic, cultural and aesthetic subjects.

Among the mix of subjects in Years 7, 8 and 9 are Critical Thinking, Design & Technology, Drama, Philosophy & Religion, and either French, German, Mandarin or Spanish. In addition to this, they enjoy ‘Mehr Licht’ – a weekly double period of enrichment taking its name from our school motto (‘more light’). Options range from electronic music production and sports science to Japanese and sign language.

In Years 10 and 11, students begin preparation for GCSEs in earnest. Core subjects are supplemented by one language and one humanity. Girls then choose an additional two or three options from Ancient Greek, Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Latin, a second language, Music, and Philosophy, Religion & Ethics. All girls continue with PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) and Physical Education, and have designated time for private study.

The arts Sport
Playing and performing...
…two key ingredients to life. From chamber choirs to ukulele orchestra, music here helps develop a wide range of skills, from critical thinking and co-ordination to creativity and teamwork.
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