A/O Block (Years 10/11)

Pupils at Repton in A/O Blocks study a combination of core and optional subjects. All pupils study English, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (leading either to three GCSEs in separate sciences for the more able students or two GCSEs in Combined Sciences). The vast majority of pupils also take a modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish) as a core GCSE. In A Block, all pupils receive one lesson in ICT and one lesson in PSHCE per week. Pupils choose three subjects as optional subjects from the following list: Art, Business, Classical Civilisation, Classical Greek with Latin (“Gratin”), Design Technology, Drama, French (for dual linguists), Geography, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education and Religious Studies. Art and Music may also be taken “off the timetable” to provide pupils with the choice of a fourth optional subject. Specialised learning support lessons and lessons in EAL are taught as an alternative to the core modern foreign language. The top set in Mathematics takes the GCSE at the end of A Block and then studies a more advanced course in O Block.

GCSE optional subjects are arranged in option blocks and whilst we naturally attempt to satisfy the desired combination of courses chosen by each individual pupil, we are not able to guarantee that every combination can be made available.

The curriculum is revised regularly; changes are therefore likely from time to time.


By clicking on the title below you can download a PDF of the GCSE Curriculum Booklet if you would like to read further information.