Academic Overview

Our curriculum

All subjects are taught in small  groups, ranging from 11 to a maximum of 19 students; the current growth of the school means that we now have two classes per year in Y4-11 and will, over the next few years, grow to two form entry throughout the school.

These small classes enable teachers to provide individual attention, to consolidate basic skills, and to accelerate the attainment of high achievers, they lead directly to our outstanding results and enable all our students to achieve access to their first choice A-Level setting.

We cover all subjects in the National Curriculum: English; Maths; Science; History; Physical Education; Religious Education; Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education; Computing; and Art and Design. Yet we do not slavishly follow the National Curriculum and are therefore not restricted by it and can adapt our education to meet our pupils’ needs. This means that children enjoy excellent opportunities to extend their knowledge and develop a true love of learning.

English and Maths are a priority at Sancton Wood.

In English, pupils are given a sound grounding in grammar, punctuation, spelling, handwriting and reading comprehension. This is the foundation upon which the pupils are challenged to reach high standards of attainment in creative expression.  Pupils are encouraged to join our book groups, to visit the theatre and cinema and to enter writing competitions.  

In Mathematics, concrete experience and regular mental arithmetic practice form the basis for using and applying mathematical principles to problem solving activities.  The aim of the maths syllabus is to provide practical study of functions, calculus, numerical methods and statistics.

We also run accelerated Maths and English sets.

Pupils have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of computers in the multimedia Study Skills room and excel in the Arts in our Performing Arts block. Specialist teachers in our Pre-Prep and Prep schools deliver lessons in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Physical Education, Music, Drama.

In Science, our aim is to give each student a sound scientific foundation using a mix of practical investigation, written work and class discussion. We have well designed laboratories in addition to being able to visit the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory and Botanic Gardens.

Our core curriculum is further enhanced by a wide and varied range of subjects. Years 7-9 study History, Geography and RE, Drama, Art, Music, PE, ICT and PSHCE and Latin.

Parents are kept informed on the curriculum as part of our fortnightly Prep School & Pre-Prep School newsletters home.

Pupils are sensitively guided to make GCSE choices at the end of Year 9. They generally take 10 GCSEs and our results are consistently high, on average 96% 5 or more A*-C in the previous five years..  See our GCSE results page for further details.