Queen Mary’s School aims to allow each child to develop academically as far as she is able. As well as a thorough grounding in English Language, Mathematics and Science, each child will be encouraged to develop her interest and ability in English Literature, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Languages, Art, Drama, Design Technology, Classical Civilization, Music and Physical Education.
Language is a core subject at Queen Mary’s. Language learning skills are vital to the development of analytical thought, to lucid and accurate expression, and so to learning across the curriculum, especially English. At Queen Mary’s each child is presented with sufficient challenge to develop those skills to the best of her ability, using the more complex languages (German and Latin) to develop her grammatical analysis. Fluency in a particular language is a desirable outcome, though the primary aim remains the development of the ability to learn.
ICT is taught at Queen Mary’s as a skill, in order to support other academic disciplines and to enable children to present their work independently. It is taught formally within the curriculum until Year 7.
Options for GCSE are discussed with pupils and parents and decided when the child is in Year 9 (S1). All children take GCSE's in at least English, Mathematics, Religious Education and Science (Science and Additional Science – the more able taking the 3 separate sciences GCSEs).
Almost all children will take English Literature and French or another Modern Foreign Language at GCSE. Children opt to take additional GCSEs from a wide range of possibilities: German, Spanish (at FCSE only), Latin, History, Geography, Art, Music, Classical Civilization, Design Technology (Food Technology), Drama and Physical Education. Children may also opt to do Critical Thinking as an AS Level award. Where exams are tiered (eg Foundation and Higher Tiers) children will be entered for the tier that gives them the best chance of achieving the highest grade of which they are capable. Most children will take 9 to 10 GCSEs. The aim is that each child will achieve GCSE grades averaging at least one grade higher than predicted by her YELLIS scores (the YELLIS tests are taken at the start of the GCSE courses in Year 10).