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The Curriculumat Wilson’s School

‘Leaders have a clear vision for challenging able pupils and providing them with a broad and deep curriculum. They challenge all pupils equally, including those with SEND.’

— Ofsted, 2020

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1: Challenge through subject based knowledge
Students are taught discrete subjects by specialists from Year 7. Challenge is ensured by subject leaders giving careful consideration to the knowledge to be delivered enabling the strongest possible progress.
2: Challenge through breadth
Students are taught a broad curriculum throughout Years 7-13 (see Curriculum: Structure below). Challenge is ensured by students’ experience of a wide range of disciplines and their associated progression models, alongside our aim for 100% participation beyond academic study.
3: Challenge through depth
Students are taught linear specialist courses (not carousels or blended disciplines) in all academic areas of the curriculum. Challenge is enabled by specialist planning which aims to deepen core knowledge across Years 9-11 as part of our GCSEPlus programme.

Curriculum: Rationale

At Wilson’s our GCSEPlus programme from Year 9 gives students access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our rationale for this structure is as follows:

  • To make a clear distinction between the Lower School (with its own distinctive ethos aimed at ensuring a smooth transition from primary to secondary school) and Key Stage 4.
  • To give boys a fresh start and set new expectations for them in Year 9, in the interests of their personal development and wellbeing.
  • To enable pupils at Key Stage 4 to make exceptionally strong progress as a result of significant deepening of core knowledge within each subject over three years, creating more opportunities for them to think independently and grow in confidence when taking intellectual risks.
  • To allow study in greater depth of a range of subjects for which pupils have greatest aptitude, whilst maintaining a language for all, EBACC (aiming for 100% by 2020), triple science for the vast majority and a four A level offer in Year 12.
  • To allow pupils to be taught in smaller groups in a range of subjects and given access to even greater levels of expertise in the sciences.
  • To enable the school to develop boys’ wider cultural and political knowledge as a core part of the curriculum.
  • To enable a smooth transition to advanced level study, keeping our highly able pupils stimulated and challenged and enabling them to meet their potential.

Curriculum: Structure

In Years 7-8 students study Wilson’s courses in: Art & Design, Cookery, Drama, English, French or German, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Mathematics, PE & Games, PSHE, RE, Science. In Year 8 they are taught Computing. In Year 7, all students receive small group instrumental tuition as part of their Music curriculum.

In Years 9-11 all students study Level 2 GCSE qualifications in: Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Literature; French or German; Geography and/or History; Mathematics; Physics; RE (and then Philosophy in Year 11). Students are able to opt for two of: Art, Business, DT (Level 3, AS), History, Geography, Latin, Music, Academic PE, Spanish (as a further MFL). In addition, all students in Year 9 follow a programme of development in political knowledge and public speaking, combined with exposure to a range of wider cultural experiences. This is called The Elizabethan. PE & Games and PSHE continue throughout Key Stage 4; new opportunities to learn outside the classroom (Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF) are made available to students.

Further Details

List of the GCSE courses available during the academic year 2019-20.
List of the AS and A Level courses available in the Sixth Form during the academic year 2019-20.

If you require further information about the curriculum followed at the school please email.



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