At St George’s School we believe that all pupils can achieve extraordinary things, including having the option to attend university. Meeting these aspirations requires hard work, focus, and dedication throughout their five years at St George’s School. It also requires that pupils keep their options open so that they can change their mind in the future.

We have a strong academic curriculum awhich prepares pupils effectively for their GCSEs and beyond. We believe it’s important pupils have a balanced curriculum – having balance ensures that they do not close doors too early, that’s why pupils at St George’s study a range of different subjects before they make their GCSE options choices.  This is also supported by our strong electives programme.

We believe that an academic, knowledge-rich curriculum is an entitlement for all our pupils. We have allocated considerable time and resources to ensure pupils achieve well across the core and options subjects. Additional time has also been allocate to PE and the electives. We know pupils and families value these important enrichment opportunities. The table below outlines allocations of each subject

CORE SUBJECTS 

These subjects are compulsory and are studied by all pupils.

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Combined or Triple)
  • Core PE
  • Electives

PERIODS 

Core Curriculum

Periods

English

5

Maths

5

Science

5

RE

2

PE

1

Options

8

Electives

4

 

EBACC

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure for schools, which helps to provide a snapshot of how well the school is doing. It is not a qualification for pupils, but a measure of their success across a core of academic subjects.

The following subjects make up the EBacc:

  • English or English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Two sciences (either Combined Science or two of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science)
  • History or Geography
  • A Modern Foreign Language

These subjects are those most regularly asked for by colleges and universities. Although pupils do not need to have studied all of these to go on to higher education, having a mix of subjects geared towards the EBacc will help keep their options open.

The Russell Group of Universities (a collaboration of 20 leading UK universities) are not only interested in the results that pupils achieve at GCSE and A Level, they are increasingly expecting pupils to have breadth of study as well as rigour in what they study. This generally means they consider the traditional academic subjects such as those included in the EBacc as more appropriate for entry to their universities. The EBacc subjects keep the Russell Group ‘facilitating subjects’ open. Facilitating subjects (English literature, History, Languages, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Geography) and are helpful for access to the most selective courses and universities at 18.

The government wants 90% of pupils to take the EBacc. This means that an increasing number of pupils, against whom BFS pupils will be competing in future, will be taking this selection of subjects

GCSE SUBJECTS OFFERED