Helping all our students to reach their full potential
The Bishop’s Stortford High School is a high-achieving academic school. From the outset boys are encouraged to be meticulous and self-disciplined in their approach to their studies.
Students at the School study a five year programme of study, culminating in the majority of students completing 9 or 10 GCSEs. In their first two years, students follow a common core curriculum, in-line-with the requirements of the National Curriculum. This consists of English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Science, Art, Design Technology, Drama, French, German, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Studies and Citizenship.
In Year 7 boys are primarily taught in all-ability groups, although there is a degree of setting in Mathematics and Languages. Further setting by ability is introduced in Year 9.
In Year 9 students can narrow down the number of subjects they study before making their final options choices and deciding which subjects to study through to GCSE level. As such Year 9 is a GCSE Foundation Year.
In Year 9 students study their Foundation GCSE courses equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to start their GCSE courses in Year 10. In Years 10 & 11 all boys will study for GCSEs in English (usually Language and Literature), Mathematics and Science. In some subjects, where appropriate, there is the possibility of students taking their GCSE a year early and going on to higher level courses in Year 11. The remainder of students’ study is made up of option subjects which currently include Art, Business Studies, Design and Technology Food, Graphics or Resistant Materials, Drama, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Media studies, Music, Religious Studies and Separate Sciences. Boys also have RS and Citizenship and Physical Education lessons.
All students in all year groups follow a Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education curriculum.