Welcome to GCSE Choices
Welcome to the Ellesmere College Middle School GCSE Choices page, and we are delighted that you are considering Ellesmere to continue your academic journey into Middle School and beyond.
The Middle School at Ellesmere is a vibrant and successful community, offering a broad range of full-time courses for students who are mix of UK and international students, and enjoy day, weekly or full boarding options. With an even broader range of exciting and challenging co-curricular opportunities that develop leadership, confidence and resilience, the College ensures it delivers students that are indeed 'Life:Ready' – develop them into ambassadors, role models and leaders.
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The Middle School Curriculum
The Middle School curriculum at Ellesmere College begins with a broad range of subjects which is then used as a basis on which to build gradual specialisation. The subjects offered reflect the National Curriculum, but the School takes advantage of its independence to develop opportunities beyond the National Curriculum confines. Individual tutorials review development and Period Grades provide a snapshot of progress. Formal reports are sent to parents at stages throughout the academic year.
Striving towards a high academic standard is a priority. Each pupil is assigned to a personal tutor who, together with his or her Housemaster or Housemistress, and with support from the Head of Middle School and Deputy Head Academic, monitors academic progress. There are parent-teacher meetings at important phases and parents, of course, are welcome to contact school to discuss academic work at any time.
GCSE Programme of Study (Key Stage 4)
The curriculum is streamlined from Year 9 to Year 10 with the focus placed upon courses leading to GCSE. All pupils study the core subjects of the National Curriculum: English, Mathematics and Sciences plus chosen subjects from a wide range. Given the College's strong emphasis upon seeking to serve the individual, programmes are considered to ensure that each individual achieves the best grades of which she or he is capable.
Science, English and Mathematics are compulsory subjects to KS4. It is hoped that a Modern Foreign Language will be studied and that, in many cases, a form of Technology and/or Art will be taken. At least one Humanities subject is a sound choice on educational grounds.
All pupils will follow a non-examinable course in Physical Education whilst PHSE and Careers education are provided via the tutor system. A pupil should be interested in, and show ability in, the subjects of his or her choice. If there are definite ideas about a future career then choices should relate sensibly to the requirements of courses leading to that career. However, in all cases the objective should be to leave alternatives as wide open as possible and not limit career choices at a later stage. There are some areas where particular consideration must be given to future career.
We are sure you have many questions about which courses we have to offer and what is involved in each course, so listed below are short 'taster' videos from each of our Heads of Department giving their views on each course along with the perspective of a current Middle School student.
We hope you feel that Ellesmere is a welcoming and purposeful environment and one well placed to support your child's aims and ambitions and to give them the perfect platform for academic and personal success.
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