The school week is divided into 25 periods. There are 5 periods per day, with 4 periods before lunch and 1 period in the afternoon. The school operates a two week timetable. Period 5 on Friday is a private study and tutorial period for all pupils which also encompasses a variety of other activities which enhance the core curriculum.
For 2018-9 pupils will be taught in seven mixed ability forms for most subjects. There are smaller groups for Languages, Technology and PE. Pupils are set for Maths and Languages after the first half-term.
Pupils are divided into three equal cohort groups. Within these cohorts, pupils are set independently for Science, Languages, PE, English and their Humanities (ie History, Geography, RE). They are set across the year for Maths and are in mixed ability groups for Technology, Art, Drama, Music, PSHCEE and ICT.
Pupils are divided into three equal cohort groups and set independently within these for Science, Modern Foreign Languages PE and English/Humanities. Pupils are placed in mixed ability groups for the Creative Arts subjects (Art, Drama, Music), ICT and in Technology they are set according to the material the child has chosen to specialise in. Maths is set across the year.
PSHCEE is taught in mixed ability group
Although there is an element of choice at this stage, all pupils follow a common core of subjects and are guided and restricted in those areas where an option exists. We have recently moved to reduce the size of the common core, so that students have a broader choice of options. We still expect that the great majority of students will choose one or more modern foreign languages, and that the majority will choose a technology subject PSHCEE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education) is a modular course covering health, economic awareness, environmental education, moral and multi-cultural issues, careers and citizenship. The Science course is a balanced one with equal amounts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics leading to a double GCSE in combined science, some pupils opt to take the separate Sciences which results in three GCSEs. RS is an examination course leading to a full GCSE
St George's has an academic Sixth Form with a minimum entry requirement of 5 GCSE's at grade 5 or better, of which 3 must be 6 or above. It attracts many students, (200 in Year 12 2018/19 and 200 in Year 13) and has thus maintained healthy group sizes in the following A Level subjects:
Art and Design (Fine Art, Graphics, Photography), Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology (Product Design), Drama and Theatre, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Politics, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics). Opportunities exist to study other subjects, eg Media Studies and Spanish, within the Harpenden Consortium. However, we cannot necessarily guarantee that all courses will run every year, as occasionally option choices can be too few to run an effective group.
In addition to the A Level choices, there is a lecture programme covering a variety of issues. We also offer the extended project qualification to the Year 12 students who show the ability and aptitude to expand their studies beyond their three or four A Levels. There is a weekly period of Physical Education which all students take part in.