Between Years 6, 7 and 8 all Long Close pupils are given a thorough grounding in English, Mathematics, Triple-Award Science, Spanish, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Music, Design Technology, Drama, PSHE and Games.
As they move into Year 9, they begin to specialise, with most choosing to study for the General Certificate in Secondary Education (GCSE). At Long Close, all pupils must study English (language and literature), Mathematics and at least two science GCSEs. In addition, a humanities subject (Geography or History) and a modern language are strongly recommended. These subjects form the basis of the English Baccalaureate, a qualification that is being pushed by the government and the Russell Group of universities in the UK.
The beauty of this programme of study at Long Close is of course the small class sizes and the personalised learning that we can offer. We have also decided to offer an academic curriculum that we feel will best serve their future education at A level, university and, in the fullness of time, the work place.
The Government is also now pushing a focus on a STEAM focused curriculum which provides a broad balanced options which puts a balance on academic and creative arts options STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
All pupils will study English Language & English Literature, Mathematics, Double Science or Triple Science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology). In addition the students will be offered the following four options to choose from:
- Spanish or Art & Design
- DT or Music
- Geography or History
- Religious Studies or Computer Science
We have in place an exciting team of teachers that believe in the old fashioned values of academic work, but have also embraced the latest teaching technology. The pupils will also be subject to our usual considered programme of personal, social and health education/Citizenship, sporting activities, trips and opportunities for cultural experience. We are also continuing to develop our leadership training and work experience.
The result by the end of Year 11 is that every Long Close student has received a broad and balanced education, increasing the number of options available to them as they make choices for A-level studies and beyond.
Along the way we also ensure that our pupils learn 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.