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At Thornden we have 8 periods each day, 6 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. However, a large majority of lessons are organised in “double” periods of 75 minutes in length. We are continuing to keep our curriculum under review, so there may be changes over the next few years.

Lower School

The curriculum consists of English, Maths, Science, Technology, ICT, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Art, Music, Dance, Drama, PE and RS. Please note that ICT and Citizenship are also taught through a number of subject areas.

Upper School

In Years 10 and 11, all pupils follow a common core of examination courses in English, Mathematics and Science. There are also additional core courses Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (which includes Religious Studies and Citizenship).

In addition to this pupils can choose optional courses covering Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, and two free choices.

Thornden is committed to providing both a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils, whilst retaining a real degree of choice. One major advantage of Thornden’s situation as a fairly large school is that we are able to offer a substantial variety of courses.

Broadening Horizons Booklet

This booklet is for Year 10 students starting their GCSE courses. It provides enrichment activities for each subject.

It is also suitable for students in Years 9 and 11, helping to widen their understanding of a particular subject.