Approach to Learning

 

As a GSA school we offer a challenging wide ranging curriculum for pupils across all year groups. They are taught by a dedicated and dynamic staff body.  The timetable is divided into 42 Periods per week. There are eight periods per day, six being 35 minutes long and two being 40 minutes long. On Tuesday and Thursdays there is an additional period for girls in years 9 and above.  

Classes are enviably small, even for the Independent sector with no more than 16 pupils per class. This ensures that each More House girl is able to receive dedicated, individual attention during lessons. In years seven, eight and nine pupils follow a traditional foundation course including all core subjects as well as Latin, Art, History of Art, Dance, Music, and Drama. Pupils study at least two Modern Foreign Languages in each of these years. All classes are taught as form groups with the exception of Mathematics where pupils are taught in sets according to their ability.

In years 10 and 11 pupils follow a GCSE curriculum consisting of the core subjects (Mathematics, English, Science and at least one Modern Foreign Language) together with three optional subjects chosen from 13 different subjects. Pupils are no longer taught as form groups but continue to be taught in sets in Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and Science. Our year 11 pupils will typically sit between eight and 11 GCSEs. IGCSEs are offered in some subjects including Mathematics

In the sixth form, we follow a traditional A-level programme. Pupils should have achieved at least five GCSE passes grades C/5 or 6 and above with a minimum GCSE grade B/6 (a high B) in their chosen sixth form course (if that subject is available to study at GCSE) to guarantee their place in the sixth form. We offer 26 different A-level subjects. All pupils currently study four subjects in the lower sixth form and we insist that they sit the standalone AS qualification at the end of year 12. In the upper sixth form they either then continue with all four subjects or else drop to three subjects. Our upper sixth pupils will typically sit between three and six A-levels.

DIGITAL AND MOBILE LEARNING

 

We use Ipads, loaded with a range of pre-approved and engaging apps as part of a rich diet of approaches to learning. This brings subjects to life and appeals to girls’ interest in digital technology and collaborative learning.

Additionally, our school e-learning platform ‘Firefly’ allows pupils, parents and staff to digitally enhance the students’ learning experience. Our Firefly intranet system allows teachers to publish digital content allowing students immediate access from anywhere with an internet connection. So, from the comfort of home pupils can download More House revision materials, homework schedules, lesson resources, sports reports or their singing lesson timetable for the next day. 

 

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