Independent day & boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 to 18


Curriculum for Years 10 and 11

GCSE and IGCSE courses start at the beginning of Year 10, and pupils have an element of choice in terms of the subjects they study. 

The School’s aim is to provide a broad and balanced educational experience, which will interest and challenge all pupils, but also provide some differentiation, enrichment and specialisation according to the individual student’s interests and ambitions.

The courses offered at Ryde are a mixture of International GCSEs (IGCSEs) and GCSEs. These equivalent qualifications provide interest and challenge and are an excellent preparation for post-16 studies. Nearly all GCSE and IGCSE subjects are graded using the numerical 9-1 system  with a Grade 4 or above considered a ‘good pass’.

Ryde offers pupils a broad and balanced curriculum that ensures they are well prepared for their future, whatever path they choose. As well as studying English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science and a language, pupils can personalise their curriculum by choosing subjects that allow them to pursue their interests and strengths.

Pupils should therefore pick either Dual (Trilogy) Award Science, which counts as two GCSE subjects, or Triple (Separate) Award Sciences, which comprises all three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and counts as three GCSE subjects. They should also choose at least one language, from those listed below. Pupils who speak English as a second language can choose ESL as their language option. All pupils will also have weekly Personal Development, Games and CAS lessons.

Pupils must then select three further options (or two if they have chosen Triple (Separate) Award Science) from the list of options below. Please note that pupils should also choose a reserve option that would provide an alternative route if necessary. 

Further information can be obtained from Miss Stenning, Assistant Head (Academic) & Director of Studies (Years 7-11): [email protected]


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