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Junior School (Forms 1-3)
Head of Junior School: Miss J. McDonald

In the Junior School, all pupils study the same broad range of subjects: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Home Economics, Information and Communication technology, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Religious Education and Technology. All have classes in Physical Education and Games. Our teaching approaches ensure that our pupils develop their thinking skills, personal capabilities and creativity within the context of these subjects.

In line with the revised curriculum of Northern Ireland, all our pupils in the Junior School have classes which address citizenship, personal and social development, health education, employability and careers. In the second year, pupils have the opportunity to start an additional language (selecting German, Russian or Spanish) or study a classical language or Classical Civilisation.

Middle School (Forms 4-5)
Head of Middle School: Mrs L. Forsythe

Before the end of the third year pupils will chose a selection of 9 or 10 subjects that will form their teaching timetable in Forms 4 and 5. All pupils study English, Mathematics, Science (taught as separate subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics by specialists in these disciplines), Religious Education and at least one of the four modern languages on offer (French, German, Russian or Spanish). Most pupils study English Literature.

Optional subjects are chosen from those already studied in Junior School or new subjects like Additional Mathematics,  Business and Communication Systems, Business Studies, Classical Civilisation, Drama, Geology, ICT, Learning for Life and Work and Physical Education. All pupils continue to have classes in music, Physical Education and Games.

Senior School (6th Form)

Head of Senior School: Mrs L McCluggage

Entry to the Sixth Form  is dependent on obtaining good grades in 6 or more subjects at GCSE. From 27 A level subjects offered, most pupils will choose 3, and a small number will choose 4. Pupils are encouraged to maintain a wide range of interests and can complement their A level studies in a number of ways: they may choose to take an additional subject at AS level, such as Mathematical Applications, Drama or Human Biology; or at GCSE level, such as Psychology, Accounting, Photography or a language not previously studied; and they may also opt for the RSA CLAIT Stage 2 course or for a non-examination course such as Introduction to Law, Introduction to Journalism or Creative Writing. Music and Games or Community Service are also taken by all pupils. In addition, there is a life skills programme offering modules on money management, international issues, health issues, careers orientation and study skills, amongst others.

Each year, about 90% of Sixth Form leavers proceed to Higher Education, with some 20-25 going to Oxford and Cambridge.