An Academic Tradition
Emanuel is an academically selective school offering a broad curriculum. We deliver A*s at GCSE and A level and most students progress to Russell Group universities and Oxbridge. We also offer exceptional provision in the arts and sports, and every year students from Emanuel progress to the top drama schools, music and art colleges.
Our pupils leave us equipped with the transferrable skills that they will need for the future. They can work independently, organise themselves effectively, research, analyse and evaluate, communicate and debate. Our teachers deliver varied, dynamic lessons with a passion for their subjects and a developed understanding of different learning styles. All departments are subjected to regular and rigorous internal inspection to monitor and maintain our high standards.
We expect our pupils to maintain their best efforts to produce a high standard of work and contribute positively in the classroom. We track the progress of each student and work closely with them and their parents to provide the level of support their individual needs demand. What is learned in the classroom is supported outside by lecture programmes, visiting speakers, Oxbridge seminar days, debates, trips and research projects, all of which enhance our pupils’ engagement with their learning, deepening their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment.
We ensure that, as well as the best possible qualifications, our pupils leave us equipped with the transferrable skills that they will need for the future which will enable them to work independently, organise themselves effectively, research, analyse and evaluate, communicate and debate.
Jane Peters, Deputy Head (Academic)
Headmaster's Report to Parents on the 2017 A2 Level and GCSE Results
2017 GCSE Results2017 A level Results
Headmaster's Report to Parents on Higher Education Destinations
3 Year Higher Education Destinations Report 2017
The Year 6 to 9 Curriculum
Pupils in Year 6 (Hill Form) follow a broad and balanced curriculum involving the study of: English, Mathematics, Science, Art, DT, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PE, Religious Studies and Drama. Over the course of the academic year the pupils also have taster classes in French, German, Latin and Spanish.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 study: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (as separate sciences), Art, DT, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PE, Religious Studies, Drama and choose two languages from French, German, Latin and Spanish.
In Year 9 pupils study: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, PE and Religious Studies. They are expected to continue with the study of their two languages from Years 7 and 8, although a small number of students may study Classical Civilisation in place of one of their languages. This is usually for pupils who join Emanuel at Year 9 who have previously studied only one language. In addition, pupils follow courses in Art, DT, Drama, and Music on a rotational arrangement. One period per week is available for pupils to experience ICT, Leadership Development and Study Skills in a ‘carousel’ arrangement.
Pupils in Years 6 to 9 have timetabled lessons in Life Skills and follow a programme to which the form tutors, heads of year and external speakers contribute. In Year 9 the form tutor leads discussions in which pupils are encouraged to consider their own personal qualities, the processes by which they can make informed decisions and the link between these and making sound GCSE choices.
The Year 10 and 11 Curriculum
In Years 10 and 11, for public examinations in GCSE or IGCSE, pupils study English (language and literature), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and a language (from French, German, Latin and Spanish). The majority of pupils currently study the separate sciences to IGCSE, but a minority follow a science course leading to two IGCSEs.
Pupils then choose a further three subjects from a wide range of options:
Art, Classical Civilisation*, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama/Theatre Studies, Economics*, Geography*, History*, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies*, a second language.
(At least one of the options must be a subject marked with an asterisk.)
In addition, pupils have timetabled lessons in Life Skills (following a programme to which the form tutors, heads of year and external speakers contribute) and Games. Part of the programme involves pupils considering their choices post 16. They are enrolled in the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO) scheme ‘Futurewise’ which feeds into the process of making Advanced Level Choices.
The Sixth Form Curriculum
From Autumn 2016 the majority of our pupils are expected to study three linear A levels and pursue an EPQ (see below), and will sit A level examinations in these in Summer 2018. (The exceptions are the three AS/A2 subjects which are unreformed: Maths, Politics and Design Technology, where an AS exam will still be taken in Summer 2017). The subjects we offer are:
Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design and Technology, Drama/Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, German, Government and Political Studies (Politics), History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies and Spanish.
Each subject is taught for 8 periods per week for both years of the sixth form. Pupils in both years also have timetabled lessons in Life Skills and Games.
The EPQ or Extended Project Qualification is delivered as part of the curriculum to all students studying three A levels. (It is only not available to the very small number of students who choose to study four A levels.) This qualification is increasingly highly regarded by universities for the way in which it trains students in developing undergraduate skills of sourcing, evaluating, citing and referencing research. It is delivered as a taught, skill-based course initially, after which students are supervised and mentored through their individual projects.
The Extended Project Qualification...is increasingly highly regarded by universities for the way in which it trains students in developing undergraduate skills of sourcing, evaluating, citing and referencing research.
Kate Bainbridge, Head of Sixth Form