In the Senior School we expect and achieve academic excellence through small class sizes and superb teaching.
All students have access to a wide programme of subjects, from the more academic maths and English to the Arts, including drama and computing. We are exceptionally proud of our students’ achievements. It not only reflects the hard work and dedication they apply, but also the exceptional quality of our teaching staff, who encourage every student to be the very best version of themselves.
Years 7 and 8
Pupils in the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) study a wide-ranging curriculum that places an emphasis on developing skills, gaining knowledge, building confidence and striving for excellence. Students study both French and Spanish, core subjects of maths, English, biology, chemistry, physics, as well as computing, Religious Education, music, geography, history, art, and drama.
Literacy is also promoted through timetabled Library time with our Director of Reading and Literature. Our aim is to ensure that all students develop high-level language and literacy skills, as well as a love of reading.
We have an extensive programme of enrichment with visiting specialists, speakers, trips, theatre visits and internal events such as our Poetry Slam and Oracy Day.
PE, swimming and Outdoor Education are also timetabled weekly as we strongly believe that physical activity is important for all of our students.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum concludes at the end of the Year 9 Spring Term with exams taking place immediately after Easter and pupils progressing onto their GCSE studies.
Pupils at Radnor House will take 9 or 10 GCSEs. This final number depends on whether triple or double science is taken. This is usually decided after the Year 10 Summer exams, following advice from the science teachers.
During the Autumn Term of Year 9, in preparation for making decisions about options, there will be a “taster” lesson, dedicated careers advice sessions, and a Q & A options assembly with Sixth Formers.
Following this, option blocks are sent out to pupils and parents so that pupils can begin to make their selection within those blocks.
In the Spring Term there is a Year 9 parents’ evening which includes the opportunity to discuss possible options with your child’s teachers, and the opportunity to speak with staff.
Options choices must be made by early February of Year 9.
The following GCSE courses are compulsory:
- English Literature
- English Language
- Science (2 or 3 GCSEs)
- Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)
There are three remaining options to choose from the following subjects:
- Religious Studies
- Computer Science
- Second Modern Language
Behaviours for Learning
Our core values - excellence, respect, courage and perseverance - form the bedrock of the school and provide a moral compass for your child from school through to adulthood. We refer to these as Behaviours for Learning and they form the basis of our reporting system throughout the school year.
"Pupils' grades at GCSE are consistently well above the national average" ISI Report 2022