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Course Information

The Main School Curriculum

The girls at Bournemouth School for Girls have been selected because of their high academic ability. It is not felt necessary to divide them further into groups according to their ability although in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 they are allocated to sets for Mathematics according to their pace of learning in this subject.

The School offers a broad balanced curriculum in accordance with the National Curriculum but with some additional elements. Details of courses are published in parents' booklets annually.

To view the Parents' Guides for Years 7-11 - click below

• Year 7 Course Information
• Year 8 Course Information
• Year 9 Course Information
• Year 10 Course Information
• Year 11 Course Information

The amount of time currently allocated to each subject in each year is shown below.

Fuller information about courses in Years 7, 8 and 9 is issued in a separate booklet at the beginning of the academic year. Fuller information about courses in Years 10 and 11 is issued to girls in Year 9 and their parents in February each year.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9
(the figures given are one hour lessons per fortnight)

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 6 5 5
French 4 4 4
German 0 4 4
Geography 3 3 3
History 3 3 3
Religious Studies 2 2 2
Mathematics 6 6 5
Science 7 6 7
Technology 4 4 4
Art 3 2 2
Music 2 2 2
Drama 2 2 2
Physical Education 5 4 4
Computer Science 2 2 2
Personal & Social Education 1 1 1
Total 50 50 50

Year 9 Curriculum Choices Booklet

In year 9 students will be asked to select their options for their GCSEs. You can download a copy of this booklet in pdf format which features details of all of the available courses including the exam boards used, an explanation of the nature of the final assessment and subject content.

Download Year 9 Curriculum Choices Booklet (PDF - 1MB)

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum for Years 10 and 11
The table shows the current position.

Subject Hours per Fortnight GCSE Subjects
English 6 2
French or German 5 1
Mathematics 5 / 6 1
Science 9 3
Design & Technology 5 1
Religious Studies 4 1
History or Geography 5 1
Physical Education 4  
Personal & Social Education 1  

In year 10, all pupils also take a recognised qualification in Information Communications Technology entitled the Microsoft Office Specialism (MOS).

In Design & Technology, girls select one subject from Food and Nutrition, Graphics Products, Product Design and Textiles.

In addition, girls select a further subject from:

Computer Science, History, Geography, Art & Design, Music, French, German, PE, Spanish, Drama & Theatre Studies.

Religious Education

All girls attend morning Assembly and Religious Studies lessons unless a specific request is made by parents for their daughter to be withdrawn.

In Religious Studies lessons, the Bournemouth and Poole Agreed Syllabus, which lays down the broad guidelines within which the school prepares its own scheme of work, is followed. Topics covered include: Old and New Testament, Biblical study, World Religions, especially those which contribute to our multi-cultural society and contemporary moral and social issues. In Years 10 and 11, the AQA GCSE syllabus is followed by all pupils and in the Sixth Form (in addition to the 'A' level syllabus) wider aspects of the subject are considered in the Core Course.

Careers Education

The School Careers Room is well stocked with careers literature, university and college prospectuses and careers reference books and videos, supported by a wide range of computer based information. There is free access to it at all times and full advantage is taken of this. Much of the literature may be borrowed and the careers staff are available for consultation.

In Year 8 pupils are introduced formally to the resources available and during the Spring Term a Year 9 careers programme is planned to give background information prior to the choice of GCSE courses. All Year 10 pupils have a two-week work experience placement in the Summer Term. Individual interviews with the Head of House and the careers staff are arranged throughout Year 11 and at this time there is an opportunity for interviews in school with a member of the Connexions Service. A section on Careers (including visits to work places) appears in the Personal and Social Education and General Studies syllabus for Years 10 and 11 and the girls have advice on choosing A Level and other post-16 courses.

In the Sixth Form there is special emphasis on individual guidance in connection with university and college applications, gap year options and employment prospects. Some special sessions are arranged with visiting speakers. Individual visits are arranged as required and opportunities to attend conferences and courses are publicised. Pupils are able to undertake work experience or work shadowing.

Liaison with other secondary schools, whose pupils may wish to join the Sixth Form, is maintained by the Head of the Sixth Form visiting these schools, by inviting parties of pupils to visit Bournemouth School for Girls and by arranging a meeting for prospective Sixth Formers and their parents. Approximately 95% of girls who leave the Sixth Form eventually proceed to Universities (including Oxford and Cambridge ) and other Colleges. An increasing number are taking a gap year prior to Higher Education. The remainder commence other forms of training or enter employment.

Sex Education

The school aims to provide a comprehensive well planned sex education programme: one that follows the guidelines for Sex Education as outlined in the DFE document 'Sex and Relationship Education Guidance, 2000'.

The programme includes values, attitudes and behaviour as well as knowledge. Sex education will be provided in such a manner as to encourage pupils to have regard to moral considerations and the value of family life. What the school teaches is intended to be complementary to and supportive of the role of parents in educating their children about sexual matters.

A copy of the complete sex education policy is freely available at the school for anyone who wishes to consult it.

Education in sexual matters is seen as an integral part of the work we do and is therefore cross curricular, carefully co-ordinated by appearing in the schemes of work of several different subject departments. A specific session on contraception and one on HIV/AIDS are included in the Personal and Social Education programmes.

The law gives parents the right to withdraw pupils from sex education lessons. If parents wish to do this, they should write to the Headteacher. They do not have to give their reasons, but they will be invited to come in and discuss their reservations with us. Any pupils withdrawn from sex education will work quietly in the library or other suitable area of the school.

Special Educational Needs

We consider all our pupils to have individual needs and seek through our pastoral system to give support to them so that they may all fulfil their potential. Where a pupil experiences particular difficulties, all teaching staff are alerted at the beginning of the school year, the pupil's progress is monitored carefully and a programme of support is arranged in conjunction with parents and the pupil. We also work closely with our feeder primary schools to ensure continuity of provision where difficulties have already been identified.

As well as expertise within school, we are also able to draw on the support of other professionals, including our School Counsellor, the School Nurse, the School Doctor, the Educational Welfare Service and the Educational Psychologist.

A copy of the school's Special Needs Policy is available from the school. If you have any queries regarding provision for your daughter, please do not hesitate to contact the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.


Pupils in Years 7 to 9 have a homework timetable stating for each day of the week the subjects for which homework is to be set and the amount of time which should be spent on it.

Girls have a Pupil Planner in which homework should be noted. Parents are asked to sign this weekly. Parents are also asked to inform their daughter's Head of House if they feel that too much or too little time is being spent on homework.

Year 10 and 11 pupils are expected to organise their own private study time so as to meet their homework deadlines.

We ask that parents provide a quiet area for doing homework in, that they help their daughter to get organised and encourage her to do the work. However, we would ask them not to do it for her!