From Year 5, academic goals are brought into sharper focus, and we are present to guide our pupils at every step. As they mature, pupils are given greater levels of independence and responsibility. We encourage bold exploration through creative projects and develop their sense of adventure with residential trips and outdoor learning activities. In Years 7 to 9, pupils study a wide range of subjects, which include a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science and French (with GCSE French being taken at the end of Year 9 to ensure a minimum standard of fluency for all pupils). This is complemented with a broad and balanced menu of Humanities, Languages, Creative and Performing Arts and Computing, as well as a rich programme of fitness and sports, taught individually and in teams.
In Year 7, we harness our outdoor Forest School expertise to allow all pupils to study Environment, Sustainability & Responsibility (ESR). Topics covered will include renewable energies, soil sustainability, animal care, biodiversity, and personal environmental responsibility. Across Years 7 and 8, all pupils study Global Perspectives. This is taught once a week and focuses on a series of Challenges. There are six challenges a year covering topics such as Migration, Law and Criminality, Biodiversity, Poverty and Inequality, and Human Rights. Pupils produce an individual research project each year and will complete their Foundation Project Qualification (FPQ) at the end of Year 8 – equivalent to half a GCSE.
Key information on a range of options such as degree apprenticeships is woven through the curriculum from Year 7. Our higher education and careers advisor offers comprehensive guidance and tailored advice to each pupil, exposing them to the full range of post-16 opportunities in the education, training and employment spheres, while equipping them with the requisite employability skills so they graduate from Hampton Court House future-ready.