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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 6 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 3 2 2
Personal & Social Education 1 1 1
Total 50 50 50

Year 9 Options Booklet

In year 9 students select their GCSE options. You can download a copy of this booklet 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.

Year 9 Options Booklet (PDF - 1.5MB)

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 Design & Technology, girls select one subject from Food Preparation 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: an introduction to religion (in year 7), Hindu beliefs, Jewish beliefs, Sikh beliefs, an introduction to ethics, and Islamic beliefs. In the Spring term of year 9, students begin the Eduqas GCSE RS Course, looking at Buddhism, Christianity and then the remaining half of the course looking at various ethical and philosophical issues. Students then can choose to study A level RS in 6th form, where we use the AQA specification.

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!