Academic Excellence - Thorpe Hall School

Senior School 11-16

Academic Excellence

Thorpe Hall School is an inspiring learning environment, with a strong emphasis on mutual respect and accepting challenges in order to raise expectations and to promote high aspirations.

Our pupils across the whole ability range prove to themselves time and again that there are no limits to what they can achieve. We recognise and celebrate the different strengths and interests of all our pupils and we do not compare them.

Our goal is to help every learner achieve their best and to fulfil their own personal potential. We are a forward-thinking modern school with a rich tradition. We value creativity, tolerance, empathy, resilience and intellectual curiosity.

The curriculum is broad and creative and lessons are not constrained by public examination specifications. By seizing opportunities to find their intellectual passions in a supportive, collaborative environment, our pupils acquire the confidence to take risks, to play with ideas and to let their voices be heard. Throughout Years 7-9, the curriculum is stimulating and exciting, and aims to expose pupils to a broad range of subjects for them to find their passions.

GCSE Studies

For Years 10 and 11, pupils study either nine or ten GCSEs, depending on preferences. All pupils take Maths, English Language and some also take Literature and Double Award Science GCSEs. Beyond these stipulations, any combination of subjects is possible. Pupils are strongly encouraged to continue to pursue a wide range of extracurricular activities, in order to maintain breadth and balance in their lives.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The compulsory subjects are:

4 of the following option subjects may be chosen at Key Stage 4 for GCSE. Each of which will be taught for 4 lessons each week:

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Film Studies
  • Dance
  • Business Studies
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Media Studies

GCSE Results July 2021

Number of Students % 7-9 % 4-9 Value Added
Art 13 39 100 0.69
Business 35 56 97 2.46
Dance 2 50 50 1
Drama 15 22 73 0.2
Design & Technology 6 33 100 1.83
English Language 51 38 96 1.35
English Literature 39 36 97 1.03
Food & Nutrition 19 63 95 2.47
French 6 17 100 1.67
Film Studies 5 40 100 2
Geography 27 44 100 1.78
History 12 50 92 1.5
Mathematics 51 13 92 0.43
Further Mathematics 3 33 100 2
Media Studies 9 22 100 1.11
Music 5 40 100 1.2
PE 22 43 100 1.45
Science 51 30 86 1.15
Spanish 6 50 100 1.83
Statistics 1 100 100 3

School Subject Value Added: 1.45
Value added = GCSE grade achieved compared to CAT4 predicted grade

  • Small class sizes and high staff-to-pupil ratios
  • ISA National Award for Excellence & Innovation for Senior Provision
  • ISA Award for Pupils’ Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Wide and diverse choice of GCSE Options
  • Extensive Enrichment Programme