We deliver GCSE/IGCSE examination subjects as the core of our curriculum in Years 10 and 11. Above and beyond this core we offer a range of subjects, learning experiences and activities to develop the key skills necessary to successfully navigate the opportunities and challenges of twenty first century life.
Academic and Lifelong Learning Skills
The core curriculum is designed to ignite curiosity, passion and endeavor as well as provide the context for developing a rich range of essential skills. The broader curriculum provides an opportunity to select subjects which will satisfy the appetite and passion of individual students as well as provide an opportunity to develop and embed qualities such as team building, leadership, collegiality and innovation through our varied and rich extra curricular programme.
The Core Curriculum
Students will follow a course of study which will lead to the GCSE/IGCSE examinations. These exams are taken at 16 after a two year study programme. The core compulsory curriculum consists of English, Maths and Science. Science can be taken as separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or as a Combined Science Course. In addition students have to follow courses in PSHE, Social Studies and (for Muslim Students) Islamic Studies.
The Broader Curriculum
Students will also select additional GCSE/IGCSE subjects to take to examination level. The range of subjects is broad and includes Arabic, Business Studies, Computer Science, DT, Economics, Drama, French, Geography, History, Music, PE and Spanish. In some situations timetable restrictions may restrict choice.
In addition to the academic curriculum students are actively encouraged to participate in the wide range of extra-curricular activities. Activities include, but are not restricted to, the Duke of Edinburgh International Award scheme, Debating Society, Music societies, Drama Club, Stem Club, Robotics, Creative and Design, Media and a wealth of sporting opportunities.
During their GCSE years students most definitely move from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat as they start to take control of their lives. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) this does not happen overnight. Finely tuned guidance and support is required which praises success, allows students to make mistakes (a great learning experience) whilst intervening to support and smooth progress when necessary. Our Pastoral Team, Heads of Years, Form Tutors, Options and Ambitions Advisor and Counsellor are there to listen, care and signpost possible Post 16 education pathways after GCSE.
The JAS staff are hugely experienced and have accumulated hundreds of years of Post 14 teaching between them. They all fundamentally believe in our vision and outlook but equally all develop their own unique style of delivery and approach. Indeed many teachers are involved in their own research and study – they certainly know what it is like to be a learner!
|Subject||Exam Board||Name of course||Grading system|
|English||Edexcel||IGCSE English (Specification A)||9 - 1|
|English Literature||Edexcel||IGCSE English Literature||9 - 1|
|Maths||Edexcel||IGCSE Maths (Specification A)||9 - 1|
|Science||Edexcel||Combined Science||9 - 1|
|Arabic A||Edexcel||GCSE Arabic||9 - 1|
|Arabic B||Edexcel||GCSE Arabic||9 - 1|
|Spanish||Edexcel||IGCSE Spanish||9 - 1|
|French||Edexcel||IGCSE French||9 - 1|
|Geography||Edexcel||IGCSE Geography||9 - 1|
|History||Edexcel||IGCSE History||9 - 1|
|Art||Edexcel||GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)||9 - 1|
|Dt||Edexcel||GCSE Design & Technology||9 - 1|
|Computer Science||Edexcel||IGCSE Computer Science||9 - 1|
|Drama||AQA||GCSE Drama||9 - 1|
|Music||Edexcel||GCSE Music||9 - 1|
|PE||Edexcel||GCSE PE||9 - 1|