By delivering a 3 year GCSE programme, leading directly from our Year 7 and 8 programme, we enable students to fully engage with the subject area at greater depth and to gain a broad understanding of the syllabus without rushing their learning. We also consider it important that pupils have the time to undertake enrichment or extra-curricular activities that enable that learning to come to life, and believe this leads to stronger educational outcomes.
Young people at Downsend will learn independence, problem-solving and confidence and how to apply them to a range of subject areas.
- All students will study at least 9 subjects
- 6 subjects are compulsory: English, English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- 3 subjects can be chosen from: Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, PE, French, Religious Studies, Music and Drama.
We are currently planning our integrated GCSE curriculum and will be updating these pages imminently.