Academic

Above and beyond academic excellence. You can come out with top results at Benenden, but there is as much emphasis on the complete child.

Benenden’s academic programme aims to encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and discovery. There is a traditional, broad and forward-looking curriculum, providing education in its widest sense, while giving students opportunities to develop specialist knowledge and skills. By the time a student leaves Benenden, she should have achieved her best possible grades at GCSE, AS and A Level and be ready to progress to the university course of her choice.

Cross-curricular skills are cultivated. During the early years cross-curricular visits are arranged to France, Spain and Austria. The ability to work independently is essential to enjoyment and success. Students have every opportunity and support to acquire necessary skills. Each student has an Academic Tutor, with whom she can discuss her studies.

The core subjects up to GCSE are English, mathematics, the three sciences and a modern language and all students take at least another three subjects to GCSE level chosen from a wide selection. In Upper Fourth and Lower Fifth (Years 8 and 9) every student takes two modern languages. Timetabling at GCSE and in the Sixth Form allows maximum range and flexibility in subject choice.

Lower School

GCSE

A Level Options

English
Mathematics
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
French
German (from UIV)
Spanish (from UIV)
Classical Greek (from LV)
Latin
Mandarin
Geography
History
Religious Studies
Art & Design with Textiles
Design & Technology
Computing
Drama
Music
Personal Social Health
Education
Physical Education and Games

English Language
English Literature
Mathematics
Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
either Dual Award or Triple Award
A Modern Language

Options

Art & Design
Design & Technology
Drama & Theatre Arts
French
Geography
German
Greek
History
Computer Science
Latin
Music
Physical Education
Religious Studies
Spanish
Mandarin 

Art & Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Critical Thinking
Design and Technology
Drama and Theatre Studies
Economics
English Literature
English Language & Literature
French
Geography
German
Government and Politics
Greek
History
History of Art
Latin
Mandarin Chinese
Mathematics
Further Mathematics
Music
Physics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Spanish
Extended Project Level 3 Qualification

Forms

Form

 

Year

 

Fourth Form

IV

Year 7

11+ Entry

Upper Fourth Form

UIV

Year 8

12+ Entry

Lower Fifth Form

LV

Year 9

13+ Entry

Fifth Form

V

Year 10

GCSE

Upper Fifth Form

UV

Year 11

GCSE

Six One

VI1

Year 12

AS Level

Six Two

VI2

Year 13

A Level / University Entry