14-16 Year Olds
By this stage, pupils have had freedom of choice. GCSE options are made early in the Spring Term of the 3rd Year.
At Truro School, the norm is to study for ten GCSE/IGCSE qualifications. The compulsory core provides six of these, enhanced with four guided options, achieving a good balance between breadth and depth. With the forthcoming move towards linear A Levels we are likely to see universities having a sharper focus on GCSE results. We are more concerned about giving pupils the opportunity to excel with the quality of their results than with the quantity.
Compulsory Core Subjects
English Language, English Literature, Religious Studies, Mathematics, Double Award Science equivalent to two GCSEs.
Pupils make a choice of four subjects from four options. This provides flexibility to cater for those pupils who are more inclined towards studying the Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages or the Creative Arts, for pupils who wish to pursue the Sciences as three separate GCSE qualifications and for those who are keen to maintain a broad balanced spectrum of subjects.
For a balanced curriculum pupils are recommended to select at least one Humanity, one Modern Foreign Language and one Creative Arts subject. We will also be flexible and accommodate variations to this guided structure according to the interests, skills and ability of individuals.
All students in the 1st Year through to Lower Sixth have timetabled lessons of PSHEE. Listed below are the subjects covered during the GCSE years.
4th Year: Human rights and international law, The legal system in the UK, Diversity in the UK, How to improve your Community, Health and Safety, Personal Safety, Positive and Negative Relationships, Consent, Impact of Drugs and Alcohol, Gender double standards, Sex and relationships education, Self esteem, Mental and emotional health, Body image and cosmetic procedures.
5th Year: Post-16 and Post-18 Options, Parenting Skills, Parenting skills, Unintended pregnancy options, Social Media, Cults, Intolerance and Extremism, Career Identity, Work Experience, Work Attitude and Values, Sexting, Impact of sex in the media, Pornography, Discrimination and Harassment (in the workplace), Rights and Responsibilities at work.
One of the major strands of PSHEE is Sex and Relationships Education and this features in some way in all year groups. We do hope that all pupils will take part in these lessons and workshops as an important part of their education. However, parents may withdraw their son or daughter from any aspect of the programme by writing to the Headmaster. To view our SRE Policy click here.