“Pupils benefit from much individual attention and assistance, both in and out of the classroom, and staff give generously of their time. Lessons are typically planned with meticulous care, paced well and include a good variety of interesting and stimulating activities designed to challenge the pupils.” ISI Inspection Report 2013
Our curriculum reflects our belief in the importance of the individual: it is designed to offer unusual breadth, choice and flexibility.
Lessons are delivered by highly qualified, enthusiastic specialists with a love for their subjects and a real commitment to their pupils and the process of teaching and learning.
From the beginning, teaching takes place in optimum-sized groups in attractive, purpose-built, modern classrooms grouped in dedicated department areas. Lessons are well-equipped with ICT and other resources.
Students start in Year 7 with a broad base of 17 subjects including Latin, French and Design Technology. Unusually, Science is delivered separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics from the first year.
In Year 8 students add Creative Textiles and a second Modern Foreign Language (either German or Spanish) to their programmes and can opt to take Design Technology or Latin.
In Year 9 students continue with their second language and can also opt to take Creative Textiles, Design Technology (Three Dimensional Design), Latin or PE Theory.
Study and Research Skills and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, feature as discrete subjects from Year 7.
At the end of Year 9, GCSE and IGCSE options are chosen, with most students continuing with ten subjects to GCSE. ‘Twilight’ and ‘fast-track’ courses offered to GCSE are one example of how our curriculum is shaped to achieve maximum choice, tailored to the individual.
Most students sit GCSE Religious Studies at the end of Year 10 and other subjects and qualifications early if it is judged appropriate. However, there is no pressure to take exams prematurely or to gain numbers of qualifications at the expense of enjoyment and deeper understanding. For some, particularly the gifted and talented, time for independent study and personal research may be a wiser investment of time and energy.
Whatever her ability, each student receives personal guidance in choosing the best possible programme to suit her particular profile and career aims.
At both GCSE/IGCSE and A level/Pre-U in the Sixth Form, Walthamstow Hall students are able to choose option combinations freely rather than from predetermined blocks.
At every stage the aim is to prepare students for the next phase of education and to ensure that they obtain the qualifications they need as a passport to Higher Education and careers.
Curriculum Summary Years 7–9
All girls follow a broad and balanced curriculum.
|Year 7 Subjects||Year 8 Subjects||Year 9 Subjects|
|Creative Textiles||Creative Textiles**|
|Design Technology||Design Technology*||Design Technology**|
|Food & Nutrition|
|Physical Education||Physical Education||Physical Education|
|Physical Education Theory**|
|Theology & Philosophy||Theology & Philosophy||Religious Studies GCSE course starts|
|Girls opt to study a second language, either German or Spanish||Girls continue with their second language, either German or Spanish|
|*Girls can opt to take Design Technology or Latin||** Girls can also opt to take Creative Textiles, PE Theory, Latin or Design Technology (Three Dimensional Design)|
Curriculum GCSE and IGCSE Courses Offered
|Art (Three Dimensional Design)||GCSE|
|Design and Technology, 3 Dimensional Design||GCSE|
|Additional Mathematics||FSMQ *|
|Physical Education||GCSE short course|
|Double Award Science||IGCSE|
*FSMQ = Free Standing Mathematics Qualification