Senior Curriculum

St Mary’s Independent School is especially proud of its outstanding academic year on year results.

We achieve this by developing a broad senior curriculum geared towards maximising the potential of each individual pupil. The emphasis is on establishing a confident and self-motivating attitude towards learning. At the same time, students are taught study skills, whilst daily homework complements the process of learning. The aim is to develop high levels of knowledge, understanding and essential study skills in preparation for GCSE.

All students within Key Stage 3 study the National Curriculum subjects of:

English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, History, Music, French, Creative Arts and Physical Education, with the addition of Religious Studies.

The school curriculum at Key stage 4 (years 10-11) consists of a traditional set of compulsory subjects. All students will follow an EBacc programme with the opportunity to study up to twelve GCSEs.  This prepares students well for further study at A level and beyond, as well as a range of technical and vocational studies.

GCSE examination courses in English, Mathematics, Religious Studies and the Sciences begin in Year 9, since most students take these subjects (Unit 1 of the Sciences) one year early in Year 10.

Compulsory GCSE subjects:

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Language, English Literature,  French, History, Geography, Religious Education.

Optional Subjects (one only):

Art, Music, Classics, Physical Education, Economics

Enrichment Subjects (Year 11 only):

(Students may select one only on the basis of success with early entry subjects)

A/S Mathematics, Media Studies, Additional English (Learning support and EAL)


Games and Physical Education lessons are provided for all students at the school and are compulsory.


Student Progress Reports are generated each half term to help evaluate the progress of students towards their target grades. This is done through a simple and easily understood ‘traffic light’ system. This information is shared with parents, along with two full reports each year (Christmas, Summer) which provide more detailed information. Although parents’ evenings provide an opportunity to discuss formally the academic work of their child, we encourage an open dialogue that makes sure that parents are aware of any issues affecting the ‘learning journey’ of their child. This is achieved through dedicated Key Stage Managers, direct email to teachers and an ‘open-door’ approach to the Senior Leadership Team.

Revision classes, targeted learning support and mentoring systems provide additional quality time with students to make sure that they feel confident and able to make progress. The small class sizes and individual attention given to our students help them to build resilience and a desire to achieve the best that they can.

Curriculum documents can be found here:


Examination Officer: Mr M Lerego (

Key Stage 4 Manager: Mr T Winter (