Curriculum

The West London Free School aims to provide children with a Classical Liberal Education – that is, teach children a rigorous, knowledge-based curriculum that is based on the best and most important work in the humanities and the sciences. By providing all pupils with this firm foundation, we expect them to pass at least eight academically rigorous GCSEs and go on to top universities.

From September 2014:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Subjects: For the first three years at the school, pupils will follow a broad and challenging academic programme that closely follows the new National Curriculum in Key Stage 3. Every Year 7 pupil will study Latin and Ancient History during their Classics lessons, develop their French and, from Year 9, have the opportunity to learn German or Spanish. History lessons focus on the traumatic and inspiring events that shaped the British Isles. Subject specialists teach the Sciences as three distinct disciplines and English includes lessons about grammar.

You can see a comprehensive guide to what your child will be learning in each subject by clicking on these links: Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.

Setting: In year 7, only Mathematics and English will be taught in ability sets. In all other subjects, children are taught in their tutor groups. From year 8, the Sciences, French and Humanities (History, Geography and Divinity) will also be set according to ability.

Class Sizes: In order to ensure all pupils are given the support required to reach their potential, class sizes are capped at 24 pupils and for English and Mathematics this is further reduced to an average of 20 pupils.

Extended School Day: The school will be operating an extended day to enable pupils to take part in a range of activities as well as supervised study sessions. Pupils will be expected to remain in school – or attend music, drama or sports clubs nearby – until 5.00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The school day will finish at 3.50pm on Mondays and Fridays.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Subjects: Every pupil at the school will study the core set of subjects that underpin a Classical Liberal Education. All pupils will study English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Science (worth either two or three GCSEs, depending on the depth of study). In addition, every pupil must study at least one Ancient or Modern Foreign Language and one Humanities subject (History, Geography or Divinity). Further GCSE options include Art, Music, PE and Classical Civilisation, as well as additional Foreign Languages and Humanities subjects.

A full guide to the GCSE options offered at the West London Free School can be viewed in the brochure GCSEs – Passport to the Future

Setting: Pupils will be taught in ability sets for English, Mathematics, the Sciences and Languages. Other subjects will generally be taught in mixed ability groups.

Class Sizes: Class sizes for Humanities, Languages, PE, Art, Music and Classical Civilisation will rarely exceed 24 pupils and will often be lower. English, Mathematics and the Sciences will have an average of 20 pupils in a class.

Extended School Day: The school will be running a reduced extra-curricular programme in Key Stage 4 to allow pupils to focus on their GCSEs. Year 10 and 11 pupils will be expected to do just one evening of extra-curricular activities per week, although they can do more if they wish.

Summer Reading List:

In order to provide a solid platform to begin the next academic year, we urge parents to encourage their children to read books from the Summer Reading List. Click on the link below to view the list.

Summer Reading List

 

 

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