MIDDLE SCHOOL OVERVIEW
As our Queen Anne’s girls’ academic career progresses towards GCSE years, the quality of education continues in the same happy, supportive, stimulating and well-disciplined environment to enable the girls to achieve their full potential.
Mr Daniel Boyes, Assistant Head – Head of Middle School, is responsible for the academic well-being and strategic development of the Middle Years at Queen Anne’s. This includes:
- Lower Five (L5 or Year 10)
- Upper Five (U5 or Year 11)
The Middle Years are the first step towards becoming part of the Sixth Form and going on to university. The increased workload of GCSE study keeps our students busy, but it is also an exciting and stimulating time, and they still have time to take part in music, drama, sport, public speaking and other enjoyable activities.
To assist with managing coursework, the school organises a Study Skills Day, which teaches simple but effective strategies that our girls will be able to apply to almost every area of their studies.
CHOOSING YOUR GCSE SUBJECTS
In Lower Five (L5/Year 10) our girls no longer go to exactly the same lessons as everybody else throughout the day. Although the core subjects will be the same as the rest of the year group, girls will be able to make some choices of their own. These are referred to as option subjects. The core subjects are compulsory. They are:
- English Language and English Literature
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Double Award Science
The other three or four GCSEs that each girl will take are chosen individually by them from the list of option subjects, these include most of the subjects that are taught from Lower Four onwards.
GCSE Optional Subjects:
- Art & Design
- Classical Civilisation
- Computer Science
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
- Triple Award Science
MAKING YOUR DECISION
At each stage throughout the decision making process girls will be given advice and there will always be people available to answer any questions. We will ensure that girls do not make an unwise choice of options. In making this decision, it is important to consider the following:
- Do I enjoy the subject? There is no point in choosing a subject that you really do not enjoy. You are going to have to study it for four periods per week for two years!
- Am I good at the subject? If you are not sure whether you are good enough at a particular subject, talk to the person who teaches you and ask for advice.
- Do I need a particular subject for the career I have in mind? If you are unsure about the subjects needed for a particular career, ask the advice of the careers department. Helpful resource material on careers is also contained in the library.
- Have I chosen a sensible balance of subjects? You need to consider the amount and type of work associated with your subject choices. It is also sensible to consider choosing from different categories of subjects to give you a good breadth of knowledge and so keep as many options as possible open to you at A Level.
At GCSE eight pass grades are offered: A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Only grades A*-C are considered acceptable by colleges and universities for entry to degree courses and by most vocational / professional courses. In addition, some subjects are examined at either two or three levels (known as Tiers at GCSE) to suit the differing abilities of the girls.
The full range of grades at GCSE is not available at each level. It is anticipated that the great majority of our girls will be entered for Higher Level papers in each of their subjects (these are the most demanding and the papers required if a girl is to be awarded the highest grades).