Students from year nine are taking their first GCSE lessons this week, as they begin Gad’s Hill’s three year exam syllabus.

As well as studying core subjects of English, Maths and Science, the 13-14 year-olds choose from a range of options including Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, Music, Drama, Computing, DT, Art, PE and Food and Nutrition.

This week, the new GCSE cohort will be finding out more about in-depth subject study, course modules and homework and exam expectations.

In addition to GCSE lessons, all Year nine students take part in weekly SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development) and Critical Thinking workshops, which include a programme of religious education and philosophy.

As members of the school’s Combined Cadet Force, the year group also takes a BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Development and Effective Team Member Skills.  Year nine’s compulsory timetable is completed with regular PE sessions, including cycling, football, fencing and athletics.

Optional extra-curricular qualifications include Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver awards, Emergency First Aid at Work, Statistics GCSE and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

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