Overview of the IPS Upper Senior Curriculum
A challenging range of academic subjects and co-curricular activities has been created in order that pupils may pursue a broad, liberal education. In addition to the core curriculum, pupils choose two further subjects, based on strengths and interests, and one in the case of pupils studying Spanish or Italian ab initio.
Usually, pupils study nine or ten subjects, designed to lead to a variety of A-Level/ Pre-U and Higher Education options. The core subjects are English, English Literature, Mathematics, French, a second language and Double or Triple Award Science. In choosing one or two additional subjects, it is important to consider maintaining a balance of disciplines as well as reflecting A-Level intentions. We have chosen the IGCSE or GCSE public examination in each subject that best indicates pupils’ preparedness for further studies in that subject.
Pupils will need to commit to increasingly independent learning, building on the Mindset Aspects developed in the Lower Senior years. The Upper Senior Curriculum requires especially that pupils adopt a systematic approach to the planning of prep. There is an expectation that pupils will have approximately two to two and a half hours of prep each evening.
Co-curricular programmes and activities form the remainder of the IPS Upper Senior Curriculum and address those aspects of our pupils’ education that are important for personal, social and physical development, as well as enhancing prospects of success at A-Level and in Higher Education. We believe that active pupils are the most effective learners and many relevant lunchtime and after-school clubs are provided for this age group.
The selection of subjects is not always straightforward and, at the Parents’ Evening in the Spring Term of Senior 9, staff are available to discuss each pupil’s interests, aspirations and current level of performance. Teachers’ recommendations are crucial and pupils are urged to give consideration to their realistic appraisal.