As a smaller school we have a distinctive ethos, which allows us to give much more individual care and attention to our students and to monitor and motivate them as they seek to make academic and personal progress.

We have high expectations of all our pupils and expect them to do their best in all aspects of school life, academically, with respect to their conduct and behaviour, and in all their involvement in extra-curricular activities

“The G.C.S.E. offering from Holme Grange made it a much easier decision to make. Given that the quality of pupils’ achievements has been excellent to 13, I see no reason why this will not be continued to 16. I hope we can secure a place….”

The Curriculum

When choosing GCSE options, it is important to consider which subjects will offer the greatest opportunity of success, reflecting strengths, interests and future career pathways. All of the courses offered require determination, dedication and enthusiasm.

All courses have their external examinations at the end of Year 11, with mock exams in the January preceding these. In all years students sit end of term and year exams, both to assess progress and also to bring about a familiarity with the conditions of formal assessment. If the course requires a controlled assessment, they are carried out in the classroom in exam conditions and can only be done once. All of our courses will lead to a Level 2 qualification which include:

  • GCSE’s grade 1—9
  • Level 2 functional skills

We believe that a GCSE curriculum should be broad and balanced in order to keep open as many opportunities as possible. This is the reason why, whilst there are many opportunities to choose subjects, there is also a protected core of subjects that every student will study. These are subjects which universities and employers normally expect, as they show that a student has acquired a good range of fundamental skills across a variety of subjects.

At Holme Grange, students will usually take 9 subjects at GCSE although every student will be advised on an individual basis. We pride ourselves on how well we know our students and the number of GCSEs and curriculum studied will be based upon what is considered to be in the students’ best interest in order to prepare them for the next stage of their education and equip them for a successful adult life.

Core Subjects

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology         Either Double
  • Chemistry     or Triple Award
  • Physics         Science
  • A Humanities subject*

           History OR   Geography OR Religious Studies

  • A Modern Foreign Language**

           French OR Spanish OR German

*it is possible to study two or even three humanities subjects – students would just choose the other(s) as a ‘further choice.’

** It is possible to take 2 language options – French and/or Spanish/German – students would just choose one as a ‘further choice’

Optional Subjects – two or three further choices from the following list:

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Design Technology (Food Technology is studied in Y9)
  • French **
  • Geography *
  • German**
  • History*
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies *
  • Spanish**