Teaching throughout the school encourages participation, curiosity and creativity. Developing students’ capacity to become genuinely independent learners both inside and outside of the classroom, is embedded in our practice. Students enjoy high levels of challenge throughout all areas of their school life, yet all within a hugely supportive environment.
The Key Stages
At Key Stage Three we offer a wide range of curriculum subjects. GCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics from September 2015, commence in Year 9. All students in Year 9 undertake independent research for the AQA Higher Level Project. At Key Stage Four, all students are required to take the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, a Modern Foreign Language, and Religious Studies. They choose a further three optional subjects from Geography, History, a second Modern Foreign Language, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Music, Drama, AS Computing or Physical Education.
A range of A Level subjects are offered in the Sixth Form, including Psychology, Economics and Government and Politics which are not offered at GCSE. From September 2015 all students embarking on Sixth Form study will be required to select four A Level subjects from the start of Year 12. For more information about the curriculum at each Key Stage, please refer to the most recent school prospectus.
Academic and extra-curricular enrichment underpin all aspects of the curriculum. After school lectures and seminars, in-house conferences, an extensive programme of visits and trips abroad enhance the learning experiences of all students. Lunchtime and after school clubs and societies are offered to students of all ages, and include art, drama, creative writing, dance, languages such as Latin and Russian, Christian Union, Islamic Society, debating and many more, as well as a range of extracurricular sports clubs, including cricket, netball and badminton to name just a few.
The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is hugely popular, so too are community projects such as Envision. Leadership opportunities are offered throughout of school.
On average 200 girls receive music tuition at school from our large team of visiting instrumental teachers. Music is intrinsic to the life of Camp Hill and all students are encouraged to contribute to the musical life of the school, whether through Show Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Choir, String Quartets or Chamber Choir – the opportunities are myriad.
Progress for All
Students are supported in their studies through peer and subject mentoring schemes, additional consolidation and revision classes, and one to one tutorial support. Individual guidance is also on hand from our dedicated student learning support staff. At every stage, the girls’ well-being and progress are monitored by form tutors, subject staff and Key Stage Co-ordinators while the student planners enable parents to oversee their daughters’ homework and to gain an understanding of their day to day commitments and learning.