George Abbot School Curriculum Overview

Mission Statement: Academic excellence within a strong community of equality and respect, where potential and opportunity are realised.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” 

Martin Luther King Jr 

“Learning happens when people have to think hard” 

 Rob Coe 

Curriculum Rationale: 

Through our curriculum, we aim to deliver a broad and balanced educational experience; we believe that depth is equally important to enable the levels of understanding and knowledge that epitomise an excellent education. It is our long held view that education must challenge young people to think, analyse, evaluate and create. George Abbot School students, typically, join the school at the end of KS2 with average point scores higher than those nationally. With this context in mind, our curriculum has the following characteristics: 

  • 50 period timetable over two weeks 
  • Hour long lessons, with some double lessons at GCSE and A Level 
  • Students complete up to 11 GCSEs 
  • Choice of three languages at KS3, with the option to additionally study a 2nd language in Yr 8 
  • 3 year KS4 – 4 option choices to retain breadth but enable depth of study 
  • KS4 pathway model – 4 routes 
  • Vocational options at KS4 including, Hair and Beauty, Child Development, Construction, Cambridge National PE 
  • Vocational options at KS5 including BTECs in Science, Business, Sport and an A Level in Child Development 
  • An A Level offer of 38 subjects in addition 
  • KS5 pathway model – 4 routes, retaining the ability to study and sit exams in 4 A Levels 
  • AS levels are retained in some subjects and are taken by students who wish to cease studying 1 of their 4 A Levels at the end of Yr 12 
  • A strong enrichment programme at KS5 including the option to study EPQ, critical thinking, sports CSLA, programmes of peer tutoring and peer mentoring 
YEAR 8 OPTION CHOICES 2018-19
Key Stage 4 – Year 8 – Options Choices Booklet

KS5 OPTION CHOICES
Prospectus and Subject Guide

In this section you can access our Sixth Form Prospectus which gives you an overview of the aims and ethos of our Sixth Form community and how our curriculum works. You can also access our Subject Guide which will give you detailed information on each individual subject that we offer to ensure you select the right courses for you.

SIXTH FORM PROSPECTUS 2018 – 19
SIXTH FORM SUBJECT GUIDE 2018 – 19