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City of London

School for girls

The Senior School encompasses years 9, 10 and 11

Year 9 continue with the wide range of subjects they studied in years 7 and 8. Year 9 are given the opportunity to drop one subject (one of their languages, Latin or computer science) if they wish, allowing them the opportunity to begin to narrow their curriculum ahead of their GCSE studies in year 10.

In year 10 and 11, pupils follow a chosen programme of study for their GCSE courses. Most pupils take 10 GCSE examinations, studying a compulsory core of English, English literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, at least one modern foreign language and one humanities subject. A minority of pupils study 11 GCSEs if they choose GCSE PE, Greek or accelerated music. 

All pupils follow a programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHCEE), which includes guidance on careers, and a full PE programme.

GCSE SUBJECTS

Compulsory Core 

  • English
  • English literature
  • mathematics

Sciences 

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics

Modern Foreign Languages 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Chinese

Humanities 

  • geography
  • history
  • religion, philosophy and ethics (RPE)

Other Subjects 

  • art
  • drama
  • design and technology (product design)
  • Latin
  • music
  • PE
  • computer science
  • Classical Greek with some lessons taking place outside curriculum time

At GCSE, classes in option subjects will be run according to demand and may not run if fewer than 10 pupils choose the subject. Find out more detail on all our options here.