Pre-GCSE

Maths lesson at Culford School

Pupils start Culford Senior School in the Fourth Form (National Curriculum Year 9). This is an important year before GCSE work starts and during the Spring term pupils will need to make choices about which subjects to study at GCSE level. It is often a time of discovery and maturing; pupils begin to find the subjects they are passionate about. Fourth Form pupils are expected to participate wholeheartedly in the academic experiences offered to them, both in and out of the classroom.

Fourth Form Subjects

In the Fourth Form most pupils have lessons in all of the following subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English Language and Literature
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Games (two double periods each week)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious Studies
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Latin (Optional) 

Academic Expectations and Support

Pupils are set according to ability for Mathematics, the Humanities (English, Geography, History and Religious Studies), French, Spanish and Science. Pupils receiving Learning Development or EAL (English as a Foreign Language) lessons normally have those instead of French or Spanish.

To help pupils reach their personal goals they take part in a series of PELTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills) sessions. Pupils also experience a PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health Education) programme. 

Read more about the Fourth Form Subjects and PELTS sessions in the Fourth Form Curriculum Booklet:

Fourth Form Curriculum Booklet