Academic Programmes

The Prep (Year 6)

Pupils will follow a timetable that resembles that of a typical secondary school student in many respects, with a variety of subjects similar to those listed for Year Seven included. We aim for our Head of Prep to deliver a significant proportion of these lessons (often in English and Humanities subjects) in the dedicated Prep Form classroom, providing stability and continuity for our youngest students.

Pupils can expect to study subjects including Art, English, French, Mathematics, Music, Science and Physical Education and Games. Tutorial periods with the Form Tutor and/or Head of Prep are also an important feature and will incorporate delivery of some Personal and Social Development topics. 

Year 7

All students will follow a curriculum consisting of lessons each week in:

Art & Design, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Science and Physical Education, Games and ‘Tutorial’, a one period per week course delivered by the Form Tutor and incorporating Personal and Social Development topics.

Food Technology and Textiles are also followed and are normally taught on a carousel basis. 

Year 8

All students will follow a curriculum consisting of lessons each week in:

Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Physics and Physical Education, Games and Personal and Social Development.

Additionally, the following subjects are followed and are normally taught on a carousel basis in Year Eight:

Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, ICT & Computing, Textiles.

Year 9

All students will follow a core curriculum consisting of:

Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography, History, Latin and Classical Civilisation, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Physics and Physical Education, Games and Personal and Social Development.

Students will follow one ‘Third Language’ option from Classical Greek, German, Spanish or English & Communication Skills.

The English & Communication Skills course is designed for students who may benefit from additional support in this area of the curriculum and admission to the course is usually by invitation of the English Department only.

Students will follow three ‘Creative and Technical’ subjects from Art & Design, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Music and Textiles. 

Years 10 & 11

All students will study for GCSE or equivalent qualifications in English, English Literature and Mathematics.

Students will also follow non-examination courses in Physical Education, Games and Personal and Social Development.

Students are asked to select a further seven subjects for study towards GCSE or equivalent qualifications. Unless there are exceptional circumstances we would insist on any chosen combination including at least two Science subjects, at least one Modern Foreign Language and at least one Humanities subject.

Every effort is made to satisfy each student’s preferred combination. Constraints of timetabling (and in some subjects) of capacity will, however, mean that no guarantees can be made in this regard, so students will also be asked to carefully select reserve choices of subject.

Optional GCSE subjects offered usually include:

  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Modern Foreign Languages: French, German and Spanish
  • Humanities: Classical Civilisation, Geography, History, Religious Studies

Together with:

Art & Design, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Classical Greek, Latin, Music, Physical Education.

Years 12 & 13 (Sixth Form)

Most students choose three A Level to study from the start of the Lower Sixth. It is possible to study four subjects, and for Further Mathematicians it is usually considered essential, but this route is suitable for only the most academically engaged and industrious students.

  • Art & Design
  • Art: Ceramics 
  • Biology 
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama & Theatre
  • Economics 
  • English 
  • French 
  • Further Mathematics 
  • Geography 
  • German 
  • Greek 
  • History 
  • History of Art
  • Latin 
  • Mathematics 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education 
  • Physics 
  • Politics 
  • Psychology 
  • Religious Studies 
  • Spanish 

We are proud of the rich range of additional opportunities that the Sixth Form education at Leicester Grammar School. These are described in detail in our booklet The Sixth Form: Beyond the Classroom and here. We believe that these additional opportunities are an essential part of a broad and rounded education and help to ensure that our students leave school fully prepared for university and their future career.