Curriculum Overview

This page gives an overview of the subjects studied by pupils in each year group. What it cannot do is convey the excitement of learning in an environment where teachers are passionate subject-experts, and pupils are engaged and enthusiastic learners. If you would like to experience this first-hand then please come and visit us.

Please also make sure you read more about our extensive co-curriculum and our pastoral care which we view as integral parts of a broad and rounded education.

The Prep (Year 6)

Pupils will follow a timetable that resembles that of a typical secondary school pupil in many respects, with a variety of subjects similar to those listed for Year 7 included. The Head of Prep delivers a significant proportion of these lessons in the dedicated Prep classroom, providing stability and continuity for our youngest pupils.

Pupils’ curriculum includes Art, English, French, Mathematics, Music, Science and Physical Education and Games. Tutorial periods with the Head of Prep are also an important feature and will incorporate delivery of our Life Choices programme (Personal and Social Development).

Year 7

All pupils follow a curriculum consisting of:

Art and Design, Design Technology, Drama, English, Food Technology, French, Games, Geography, History, Latin, Life Choices (Personal and Social Development), Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science and Textiles.

Year 8

All pupils follow a curriculum consisting of:

Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Food Technology, Games, Geography, History, ICT & Computing, Latin, Life Choices (Personal and Social Development), Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Studies and Textiles.

Year 9

All pupils follow a core curriculum consisting of:

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

Pupils also choose one additional language from Classical Greek, German, Spanish. Alternatively, some pupils opt for additional support with English and Communication Skills.

Pupils also choose three creative and technical subjects from Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Music and Textiles. 

Years 10 & 11

All pupils study for GCSE qualifications in English, English Literature and Mathematics.

Pupils choose a further seven GCSE subjects including at least two Science subjects, at least one Modern Foreign Language and at least one Humanities subject:

  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Modern Foreign Languages: French, German and Spanish
  • Humanities: Classical Civilisation, Geography, History, Religious Studies
  • Other subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food and Nutrition, Classical Greek, Latin, Music, Physical Education.

Pupils also follow non-examination courses in Physical Education, Games and Life Choices (Personal and Social Development).

Years 12 & 13 (Sixth Form Aspire programme)

We believe that our Sixth Form Aspire programme offers a distinctive experience, enabling students to stand out from the crowd.

Most choose three A Levels to study from the start of Year 12. 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 which form part of a Sixth Form education at Leicester Grammar School and which, in combination with the academic core, form the Aspire programme. These are described in detail in our booklet, ‘The Sixth Form: Beyond the Classroom’. 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, apprenticeships and their future lives.