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Curriculum overview

Westminster City School offers a curriculum that meets the needs of individual learners and allows them every opportunity for success. Our curriculum is broad, rich and flexible. It provides all our pupils and students with a firm grasp of the fundamentals, whilst allowing an appropriate degree of specialisation and depth.


Each key stage

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

At Westminster City School, all lessons are taught by subject specialist teachers from the very first day in Year 7 because we believe this is the most effective method for pupils of all abilities to make progress. In the majority of lessons in Key Stage 3, pupils are taught in mixed ability form groups. In Mathematics and Science, pupils are taught in ability groups at Key Stage 3. There is plenty of opportunity during the year to move groups in order to make the best progress.

Year 7 pupils relish the challenge and variety of different subjects but initially the frequent movement from class to class and the number of subject teachers they meet can be a significant change from their previous school experience.

Led by the Head of Year and a dedicated Pastoral Support Officer, the school supports pupils through their transition and ensures all boys settle in, make friends and enjoy coming to school.

Pupil groups are regularly reviewed against individual progress. Some classes receive additional time and support in English to help ensure they have make progress by the end of Key Stage 3.

All pupils also study a comprehensive personal, social and health education programme which includes citizenship, economic & political awareness and careers education. The programme provides an opportunity for boys to discuss relevant, topical issues which, it is hoped, will improve their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development allowing them to participate positively to life in modern Britain with a clear understanding of fundamental British values.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad and balanced to provide a strong foundation for further study. Pupils who need extra help with numeracy, reading or writing, or for whom English is an additional language, are helped in lessons by a support assistant. They might also be withdrawn from some lessons to meet individual requirements. Additionally, some pupils are offered alternative programmes of study in our nurture group.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

We have a dynamic and innovative curriculum on offer at Key Stage 4.

Towards the end of Year 8, all pupils choose their options and are placed on a learning route. The route will be personalised and appropriate to each pupil’s needs and aspirations.

All pupils will study a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Games, PSHE, Citizenship, Work-Related Learning and Enterprise. This provides a broad and balanced foundation appropriate for almost any 16-19 pathway.

Almost all pupils study a curriculum of academic GCSE subjects, including History and/or Geography. We believe these traditional and academic qualifications provide the best opportunity for future success.

At Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Westminster City’s exam results are amongst the best in Westminster and Greater London. Many of our students progress to top universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, and Russell Group of universities.

Our A Level courses are challenging and exciting. They are expertly crafted by our passionate teachers to allow students to flourish and develop their own interests. The teachers inspire through varied and engaging lessons and will go the extra mile in guiding students to reach their full potential.

The majority of students choose three A Level subjects to study at the beginning of Year 12. This allows access to the maximum teaching time available. Students with a strong academic record may choose four A Levels including Further Mathematics or an Extended Project Qualification, which is highly valued by universities. All students also study PSHE.

We follow a rigorous internal assessment process, culminating in the formal external A Level examinations at the end of Year 13. Some subjects will also have coursework elements. Most A Level subjects are available including Science and Humanities or a combination of the two.

Subject staff are happy to provide more detail about their subjects. All of our A Levels are challenging and exciting and can lead onto fantastic university courses and careers.

The minimum entry requirement for A Level courses is five full GCSE grades at 5 and above including English and Mathematics. Students are also expected to meet the entrance requirements for each subject. Accordingly, we do not run classes in GCSE English or Mathematics for sixth formers.

We offer the following courses at A Level, as well as the Extended Project Qualification:

  Exam Board Specification code
Biology AQA 7402
Business AQA 8610
Chemistry AQA 7405
Computer Science OCR 7517
Economics Edexcel 9ECO
English Literature Edexcel 9ET0
Geography AQA 7037
Government and Politics Edexcel 9GP01
History OCR H505
Mathematics Edexcel 9371
Further Mathematics Edexcel 9372
Physics AQA 7408
Psychology AQA 7182
Religious Studies AQA 7062
Sociology AQA 7192

 

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