SUBJECTS

School House (Years 7 and 8)

Pupils in School House benefit from using the same laboratories, PE facilities, workshops, Art School, Drama and Music areas as our GCSE and A-Level Pupils. Pupils in School House are given as wide an appreciation as possible of what Blundell’s has to offer in every stand of subject learning. The members of staff who teach School House are the same as those who teach as subject specialists at other levels right up to A-level. The majority of Heads of Department teach their subject to Year 7 and 8 pupils.
We pride ourselves on the positive relations pupils build with their peers and with staff. We recognise that those entering in Year 7 come from a variety of different types of school and educational backgrounds so it is necessary to bring them together and give them a common experience to take forward into the Senior School.
All staff are trained and experienced in differentiating learning to ensure all pupils are catered for, whether that be those with Oxbridge aspirations or those who need additional learning support. There are specialists at hand for those pupils studying English as a second language, and for those with specific learning difficulties. Our class sizes are as small as possible.

Years 9-11

As pupils move into Year 9, the year group size increases as we have a significant intake from other schools at this stage. Year 9 pupils are given an academic course which is even wider than the one they have been used to in School House, as they have an opportunity to study a second Modern Language alongside French. It is very important to us that new pupils should be given the same opportunities as those who are already known to us and the same chances to excel. Year 9 partly reinforces earlier experience but also acts as a basis for GCSE – indeed some subjects begin working on their GCSE courses in Year 9. At the end of Year 9 pupils make their choices of subjects for GCSE.
Pupils should make nine entries for GCSE. We expect pupils to take Mathematics, English Language and two Sciences. We also recommend pupils take English Literature, at least one Modern Language (French, German or Spanish) and to choose a Humanity; either Religious Studies, History, Classical Civilisation or Geography. The taking of at least one ‘creative’ subject such as Art, DT, Drama or Music is encouraged. Latin is available for those with appropriate experience and many pupils opt for Religious Studies. 
The process of making choices of subjects is taken very seriously with consultation between pupils, teachers and parent, and the full support of the Careers department. 

Sixth Form (Year 12 and 13)

The two key points we emphasise as pupils move into the Sixth Form are:

i) Which subjects do I need in order to pursue a chosen career? You may not know what career you want to follow and there is no immediate necessity to make up your mind. If, however, you wish to make a career in one of the subjects you study at school or if you have even a faint idea that you might want to be an Lawyer, Musician, Engineer, Doctor, Vet, Pharmacist or Physiotherapist, you may need to choose particular courses. 

(ii) Which subjects do I most enjoy? You are going to spend at least eight periods per week in lessons for each subject, plus your own study time, so choose subjects which you can live with for this amount of time. Ask those already in the Sixth Form how they have reacted to the subjects they study or get in touch with the Head of Department for more details.

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Charles List
Deputy Head (Academic)

 

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Art

Art enables students to find their own visual language, develop imagination and awareness. Art is appreciation of difference and diversity; a development of empathy and valuing the views of others. Art is personal and exciting, creating thinkers, communicators and problem solvers. Art challenges the norm and learns from the challengers.

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Biology

Biology is one of the broadest and most important subjects in the world today, encompassing everything from the molecular study of life processes right up to animal and plant communities. Put simply, it is the study of life. It is a subject in which significant advances occur frequently and these are reflected in the course.

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Business Studies

Business drives the world economy; it provides employment, income and wealth and helps to improve our quality of life. The department’s aim is to provide a thorough understanding of the techniques and practices that lie behind making informed national and global business decisions.

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Chemistry

Chemistry ‘the central science’ is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. We provide an exciting and intellectually stimulating Chemistry education in a relaxed yet dynamic learning atmosphere. Practical work is integral to our delivery; we believe it’s the perfect combination of enquiry, engagement and enjoyment.

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Classic Civilisation

Classical Civilisation appeals to anyone attracted to the ancient world, whether that interest stems from mythology, history or literature. It promotes logical and structured thinking that is interdisciplinary. At GCSE and A level, we study the society, culture and literature from Ancient Greece and Rome. No ancient language is needed!

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Computer Science

Computational Thinking and solving problems using Logic underpin many career paths in our modern society. Studying Computer Science allows students to better understand the skills that can be used to solve these problems enabling them to code programs in a variety of languages along their journey.

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Design & Technology

D&T is an exciting and varied subject where the sciences and the arts overlap. It demands creative thinking and the application of research in the realisation of products that solve everyday problems. Resistant Materials and Graphic Products are studied at GCSE which lead to A-level Product Design.

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Drama

Drama & Theatre students foster their performance and design skills, cultivate a creative approach to productions and evaluate the work of others. They learn in a purpose-built theatre with stage lighting and sound, and flexible raked seating to create a variety of performance spaces. An interest in the theatre is essential!

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Economics

Economics investigates human behaviour; it studies decision-making by consumers, businesses and governments. The department aims to give pupils a fantastic insight into the fast moving world around them drawing on history, forecasting the future and analysing the status quo. We embrace innovative teaching strategies embracing the real world and aim to equip pupils with invaluable life skills as we go.

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English

Providing fundamental tools for life, the English Department seeks to nurture, enrich and cultivate a love of reading, and writing, establishing an ability to communicate in a clear, controlled and effective manner. Devoted to the studying of Literature and Language, we offer a gateway to life and the world.

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Geography

Geography is very popular subject at both GCSE and A-level. A good number of students also choose to study the subject at university. Due to our ideal location in the South West, there are various fieldtrips for most year groups to local destinations such as Cheddar Gorge, Dawlish, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Bristol and Exeter.

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History

In history we aim to foster a sense of discovery and enquiry amongst our pupils and we encourage critical analysis of all issues. An enjoyment of history will develop a greater understanding and appreciation of different cultures, countries, events and periods. For without understanding the past, we cannot understand the present.

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Latin & Greek

Classical languages are at the heart of western civilisation. They teach you to think logically, to analyse and to be succinct. Exciting literature is combined with linguistic analysis. Latin is taught from year 7 up to GCSE and A level. Greek is an accelerated GCSE and A level option

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Maths

In maths, we strive to put understanding at the heart of everything we do, helping pupils to develop confidence in numeracy, problem solving abilities and critical thinking skills. We offer a dynamic and diverse curriculum allowing pupils to grow as mathematical thinkers.

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Languages

We believe that it is important to meet the ever-increasing need in our multilingual world for people who are competent in more than one language. Language learning develops many skills, not just in the sphere of communication. Through our teaching, we aim to develop independent learners who are able to use the language in a creative way with a strong focus on being able to communicate with a purpose and enjoy getting to learn other cultures.

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Music

The Music Department is an integral part of life at Blundell’s and is a thriving environment full of wonderful music making of a very high calibre. We embrace all types of music from ancient to contemporary, classical to popular, acoustic to electronic. Fun and enjoyment go alongside exceptional musicianship.

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PSHE

Students explore and develop their skills, research for information, and develop the confidence, motivation and integrity to take responsibility for ourselves, our friends, our family and our planet. The emphasis is on assessing the risks to make (and take) independent healthy choices and create positive relationships and environments.

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Physical Education

Physical Education provides practical and theoretical opportunities to develop skills and knowledge related to performance. All pupils participate in a broad range of activities, learning about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and life-long participation. GCSE PE, A Level PE and BTEC Sport enable pupils to experience a truly multi-disciplinary subject.

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Physics

Exploding stars, fission reactors, superconductors and particle accelerators. With a hands-on experimental focus, we take pupils on an adventure of discovery to understand the universe at its most fundamental levels, help them to develop highly valuable problem-solving skills at every stage of learning, and instil in them a healthy respect for the scientific method.

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Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. From its beginnings as behavioural science through to cognitive neuroscience, Psychology A Level will introduce students to a range of research addressing how and why we do what we do. It will undoubtedly challenge and fascinate philosophically and scientifically minded individuals.

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Religious Studies

Covering a range of religions, philosophy and ethics, the subject addresses questions such as: “Why do people believe in a God?” “Can his existence be proved?” “Are some things always wrong?” and “What is truth?” The subject therefore provides a good basis in critical and reflective thinking for a questioning young mind.

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