The diverse and stimulating school curriculum offers breadth, depth and challenge at every Key Stage, while catering for the needs and abilities of individual students. Teaching throughout the school encourages participation, curiosity and creativity.
The “5 Rs” of Building Learning Power, inculcating Responsibility, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness, Resilience and Reflectiveness, are embedded in our practice and enable our students to develop as independent learners in a challenging but supportive and enthusiastic classroom environment.
The Key Stages
At Key Stage Three, all National Curriculum subjects are studied as well as Dance, Drama, PSHE and Citizenship. GCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and ICT commence in Year 9 and students also have the opportunity to undertake independent research in a non-curricular topic for the AQA Higher Level Project.
At Key Stage Four, all students are required to take the core subjects of English, Mathematics, including Statistics or Additional Maths in Year 11, three sciences, a Modern Foreign Language, RS. They choose a further three optional subjects from Geography, History, a second MFL, Art & Design, DT, Music, AS Computing or PE. There is also the opportunity to study an additional GCSE in Dance after school.
A total of 20 A Level subjects are offered in the sixth form including the non GCSE subjects Psychology and Business Studies & Economics. All students are required to study four AS levels during Year 12, plus either Critical Thinking or General Studies; they also have the option of enrolling on the AQA Bacc. On moving into Year 13, students are required to study for three A2 courses and either General Studies, Critical Thinking or the Extended Project Qualification.
For more information about the curriculum at each Key Stage, please download the booklets from the following links:
Academic and extracurricular enrichment underpin all aspects of the curriculum. After school lectures and seminars, in-house conferences, an extensive programme of visits and trips abroad, including bespoke sessions for the Gifted and Talented enhance the learning experiences of all students. Lunchtime and after school clubs and societies are offered to students of all ages including Art, Cookery, Drama, Creative Writing, Dance, Languages such as Russian, Christian Union, Islamic Society, Debating and many more, as well as a range of extracurricular sports club – cricket, Fitness, badminton to name just three.
The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is hugely popular, so too community projects such as Envision, the leadership opportunities offered by School Council and in every subject, and the charitable and environmental projects such as Eco schools, undertaken by every year group.
On average 200 girls receive music tuition at school from our large team of visiting instrumental teachers. Music is intrinsic to the life of Camp Hill and all students are encouraged to contribute to the musical life of the school be it in Show Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Choir, Folk Group , String Quartets, Chamber Choir – the opportunities are myriad.
Progress for All
Students are supported in their studies through peer and subject mentoring schemes, additional consolidation and revision classes and one to one tutorial support; individual guidance is also on hand from our dedicated student learning support team. At every stage, the girls’ well-being and progress are constantly monitored by form tutors, subject staff and key stage coordinators while the student planners enable parents to oversee their daughters’ homework and to gain an understanding of their day to day commitments and learning.