The curriculum at Queen Mary’s Grammar School
Throughout the School, we aim to provide the students with a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum policy sets out the basic principles and framework:
Key stage 3
All boys follow a diverse curriculum in Year 7 with lessons in English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern European Foreign Language (French or Spanish), Geography, History, ICT, Design Technology, Religious Studies, Art, PSHEE, Music and a generous allocation of time to PE, Games and Swimming. From September 2015, all students in Year 7 also learn Mandarin Chinese. In Year 8, the curriculum becomes more diverse with Biology, Chemistry and Physics replacing Science. Pupils will choose which language they wish to continue through to GCSE from the beginning of Year 8.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE level, all pupils study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) as part of their core curriculum.
Students choose three option subjects along this core from the following: Art, Design Technology, Business, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Geography, History, Music and Computer Science. The best Mathematicians take GCSE in Year 10 and gain a qualification in Additional Mathematics in Year 11. Games and PE remain a vital part of the school timetable. PSHEE is delivered through drop down days.
Key Stage 5
The school offers a traditional academic curriculum to its sixth form student body. Typically, all or nearly all, Year 11 boys will continue into the sixth form where they are joined by approximately 100 candidates (boys and girls) from other schools from across the midlands.
All students choose three options from the following choices: Art, Design Technology, Economics, Business, Spanish, French, German, Geography, History, Mandarin, Music, Philosophy, Computing, English Literature, English Language & Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Students are also be expected to follow another academic option. This may be Further Maths, the EPQ or a range of other courses (some yet to be finalised) including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
We will also expect students to take on an element of mentoring or volunteering during their time in the sixth form. This may be within the School (such as a STEM ambassador working with younger students) or with a range of our partners (such as Walsall Studio School or the Mali Jenkins home).
The final expectation is that students become involved with an extra-curricular activity in order to develop key employability skills, such as leadership, teamwork and organisation. This may be in the established activities (such as sport, CCF or on an international trip) or they could run an activity that, as yet, doesn’t exist. The crucial aspect here is that we expect our sixth form students to become part of our School community.