Years 9 - 11 Academic Overview

Our Block 3 curriculum revolves around our ‘head, hand and heart’ motto, and is a rich, experiential year based in small groups of 8-12. These are led by their ‘Badley Tutor’ - named after our founder, and two of our senior (6.2) students per group.

The year starts with an invigorating and challenging week in Ullswater, where groups and their Badley tutors work together in the Lake District’s beautiful surroundings.

On their return, students gain exposure to all of the curricular areas in order to enable them to make informed decisions about their subject choices. The year is designed to instil the right appetites and dispositions to achieve success further up the school.

In addition to work in the classroom, students are given prep to complete in their own time. Prep can be done at various times in the week, some of them designated and supervised. During the course of Block 3 it is expected that each student will establish effective working habits and an appropriate balance between academic work and other pursuits.

Bedales has a long tradition of leading the way in educational change. Our determination to do what is right for our students has led to the creation of a unique curriculum, Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs), for Blocks 4 and 5 with a range of innovative courses designed to complement a core of IGCSEs. The curriculum is built around a compulsory group of five core IGCSE subjects and two non-examined courses, plus a choice of Bedales Assessed Courses and other GCSEs. Well regarded by universities, the content of BACs is broad and stimulating, offering significant cross-curricular and independent-learning opportunities. Since we aim to develop a broad range of skills through the delivery of BACs, internal assessment includes a mixture of written assignments, presentations, projects and performances, together with terminal examinations as appropriate. Each course is externally moderated.

In class, and particularly in the Bedales Assessed Courses, students are encouraged to question, to challenge, to think for themselves – visitors comment on a ‘no fear’ classroom atmosphere.

Within the curriculum, ‘Block Time’ courses have been designed to incorporate, Personal, Social and Health Education, citizenship, careers, current affairs and Global Awareness.

 

Core Examined Subjects Core Non-Examined Subjects Additional GCSEs Bedales Assessed Courses
English Language (IGCSE)
Sport
Latin
Art
Mathematics (IGCSE)
Block Time
Music
Ancient Civilisations
Modern Language (IGCSE French, German, Spanish)
Outdoor Work or Games
A second Modern Language (IGCSE)
Classical Music
Science (IGCSE Double or Triple Award)
 
Ancient Greek
Dance
      Design (Product or Fashion)
      English Literature
      Geography
      Global Awareness
      History
      Outdoor Work
      Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
      Theatre

 

Curriculum structure

In addition to the core of English Language, Mathematics, one Modern Language and Double or Triple Award Science:

David chose French IGCSE and Latin GCSE, and BACs in Theatre, English Literature and Dance.

Harriet chose Spanish IGCSE and Greek GCSE, and BACs in English Literature, Outdoor Work and History.

Alice chose French IGCSE and Music GCSE, together with BACs in Geography, Art and Design.

Molly chose Spanish and French IGCSEs, alongside BACs in Art, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) and Design.

Download an introduction to the Curriculum in Block 3
Download an introduction to the Curriculum in Block 4 & 5