Welcome to Swakeleys School for Girls

The Curriculum

“Teaching is outstanding because in the great majority of lessons it is typically good and is often outstanding. Teachers set high expectations, match the work closely to pupils’ needs and motivate them well.”. (Ofsted November 2013)
“The popular mixed sixth form is outstanding. In almost all subjects pupils make excellent progress and achieve very good results. This is due to the excellent pastoral care and high- quality teaching they receive”. (Ofsted November 2013)

Every girl is expected to work to the best of her ability, and is offered a broad and balanced school curriculum which will form the basis for later choices. We operate a 2 year Key Stage 3, which provides girls with 3 years working towards their GCSE qualifications. Click on each key stage to find out more or contact Mrs Devereux, Deputy Headteacher in charge of Achievement and Curriculum who will be happy to help.

Key Stages 3 & 4

In Key Stage 3, all girls study the National Curriculum Core and Foundation subjects English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Information Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music, Modern Languages, Physical Education and Religious Education. In addition to the National Curriculum Core and Foundation subjects, all girls study Dance and Drama. They also study Design Technology, Graphics, Food and Textiles as part of their Technology course. Pupils also follow a Personal, Social and Health Education programme which incorporates Citizenship. We have remapped all teaching content and from September 2015 are Assessing Without Levels. Full details of all subjects content and assessment can be viewed by logging in to our VLE, Fronter and visiting the ‘Assessing Without Levels’ room. An overview of our Key Stage 3 Curriculum content by subject can be viewed here

PSHCE Overview 2018-19

Girls select their option choices in Year 8 giving them 3 years at Key Stage 4 preparing for their GCSE’s.

GCSE Options

We offer two subject preferences to all pupils via two pathway routes:
Pathway one – Humanities: geography or history and no longer continue with a language
Pathway two – Languages: pupils continue with the language they are currently learning.

Both pathways allow all pupils to select two other subjects preferences from the range of courses offered, including history and geography. Pupils receive a hard copy of the Options Book, which contains more detailed information about all of the GCSE and BTEC subjects available and the options process. The links for both pathways can be found below.

Humanities pathway January 2019 option guidance and course descriptions

Languages pathway January 2019 option guidance and course descriptions

The following link provides information delivered to girls during assembly.
Options assembly information January 2019

This short video provides an overview to the seven steps of our options process.

Key Stage 5

We run a popular, mixed 6th Form which was also graded by Ofsted as OUTSTANDING. We run a wide range of courses which can be viewed in more detail below:
General Course Information
Individual Course Descriptions

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