The school week of 24 hours 35 minutes 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. The demands of the National Curriculum are met within the subjects listed whether they are core or foundation subjects or cross-curricular themes.
Pupils are taught in six 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 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, PSHCE 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.
PSHCE 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 PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship 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 award at GCSE, some pupils opt to take triple award Science. 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 C or better, of which 3 must be B or above. It attracts many students, (197 in Year 12 2013/14 and 175 in Year 13) and has thus maintained healthy group sizes in the following A and AS Level subjects:
Art, Accounts, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Economics, English, Food Technology, French, Geography, German, Graphics, Government & Politics, History, Human Biology Maths, Further Maths, Music, Music Technology, PE, Philosophy and Ethics, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Theatre Studies. Opportunities exist to study other subjects, eg ICT, Media Studies and Sociology, within the Harpenden Consortium. However, we cannot necessarily guarantee that all courses will run every year, as in one or two subjects option choices can be too few in some years.
In addition to the A or AS Level choices, there is a lecture programme covering a variety of issues. Compulsory enrichment Mathematics is run for those A-level candidates in Biology, Chemistry and Physics who are not following an AS Mathematics course. We also offer the extended project qualification to a selected Group of Year 12, and it is possible for student choices to include a non A-Level certificate in finance or business. There is a weekly period of Physical Education which all students take part in.