The Senior Curriculum

In the Senior School all girls study four core subjects in the VII from a choice of 24 options. All girls also have dedicated time with their tutor, their choice from a wide range of sport, a PSHE session and a weekly lecture as part of their main timetable. Students also follow the St Paul's Programme on a Friday afternoon (see specific page for more details).

VIII students may either continue with four core subjects, a choice popular with further mathematicians and applicants to American universities, or drop to three. We encourage girls to focus their time and energy on three subjects in the VIII where possible. This allows greater opportunity to research areas of special interest independently, and develop the scholarly engagement that is central to our ethos.

In the VII there are no public examinations which allows students time for rich and diverse academic exploration. It also gives time for students to play a full role in the leadership and extra-curricular activities on offer.

Across the 24 subjects available, we offer a mix of A level and Pre-U qualifications. Pre-U is a well-established linear alternative to A level, which is widely understood and accepted by universities. Pre-U subjects are English Literature, French, German, History, Italian, Mandarin, Philosophy and Theology, Russian and Spanish.

The type of qualification should have no effect on any individual’s choices. Each department has the freedom to choose the most rigorous, enjoyable and rewarding specification on offer, whether that is a A level or a Pre-U, and they can be regarded as fully equivalent.