Senior School Curriculum

Senior School Curriculum

‘Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.’ 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Long Close Senior School students enjoy a broad and inspiring curriculum which has been carefully crafted to ensure it offers an academic foundation that we feel will best serve their future education at A level, university and, in the fullness of time, the work place.

The curriculum is delivered by a passionate team of specialist teachers who are experts in their field and believe in the importance of quality academic work which is supported by the latest technology. In Autumn 2020, every child in our Senior School will have their own personal 1-2-1 Laptop, provided by the School, to ensure a seamless education in all circumstances.

What makes a Long Close education so special is our small class sizes and outstanding pastoral care. Teachers know their pupils as individuals and ensure they are supported both academically and personally. Our robust intervention strategy at all Key Stages means we understand every child’s strengths and weakness, enabling us to create individualised learning plans for each child.

Our pupils also benefit from a considered programme of personal, social and health education (PSHE)/Citizenship, sporting activities, trips and opportunities for cultural experience. We also have a number of student leadership roles for our Senior School pupils which include Head Boy and Head Girl, prefects and House Captains.

By the end of Year 11, we want every Long Close student to have benefitted from a broad and balanced education which increases the number of options available to them as they make choices for A-level studies and beyond.

We also place a great emphasis on teaching pupils how to think for themselves, formulate an argument, communicate well, and deal productively and confidently with other people. These are the skills that will help them make the most of their academic success in the outside world – and these are the qualities that make Long Close students become such valued members of society.

For a more detailed look at the GCSE courses that we offer at Long Close Senior School, please use the links below.

To ensure our Senior School students are prepared for success in the world, we deliver a curriculum of length and breadth

Core Curricular

From Year 7, students enjoy weekly lessons in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Music, Design Technology, Drama, Computing, PSHE and Games.

GCSE Curriclum

In Year 9, students then select their options  for the General Certificate in Secondary Education (GCSE). At Long Close, all pupils must study English (language and literature), Mathematics and Triple or Dual Science GCSEs. In addition they select four options and many students will include a Humanity and modern foreign language (Spanish) in order to follow the English Baccalaureate, a qualification that is promoted by the government and the Russell Group of universities in the UK.


Pupils have access to a wide range of peripatetic staff, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, LAMDA classes, ISA (Independent Schools Association) competitions, residential trips, day trips and the Cognita Active Learning Group.


Enrichment Curriculum

Our weekly Enrichment Curriculum is made possible by collapsing our core curricular subjects once a week. Pupils have a chance to try new skills and areas of interest that span academic extension; creativity and expression; global citizenship and languages or health and wellbeing.

Spring 2021 Curriculum Overview View/Download
LCS Year 9 Options 2021View/Download
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