Subjects

Wetherby Senior offers a broad and well-rounded curriculum. Our dynamic and experienced teaching staff provides an environment which inspires, encourages, develops and above all cares for our boys as individuals. We celebrate success in all fields of endeavour at the same time as recognising that success is achieved by increments and is the result of persistent effort.

Art & Graphic Design

Art & Graphic Design plays a large part in the curriculum at Wetherby Senior School. Taught by three specialist teachers and spread over three teaching spaces, the facilities are state of the art. The boys’ work is displayed throughout the School in four designated galleries and they are encouraged to enter their work in external competitions including the ISA and Fourth Plinth Schools award. Art exhibitions are hosted during the course of the academic year and in the past has included the boys showing their work at the Saatchi Gallery.

Teaching & Learning

Wetherby Senior School aims to provide all boys with the means to express themselves creatively through a wide variety of media. They are given the opportunity to discover Art & Graphic Design by investigating, experimenting and gaining confidence.

In the Lower School, the Art and Graphic Design curriculum provides the boys with a carousel timetable allowing them to experience the two subjects at various intervals during the school year. This enables them to explore a range of technical and analytical skills.

We offer two pathways at GCSE and A Level: Art Design & Craft and Graphic Communication. At GCSE, the boys focus on developing an understanding of Art & Design through experimentation whilst considering design practices and various artists’ work.

In Graphic Communication, students work to a brief, learning to approach their work with a critical and reflective eye. Projects include a book illustration, sport logo and Cadbury’s chocolate packaging.

The assessed A Level unit incorporates two linked elements – practical work and a personal study. The practical work provides students with opportunities to pursue their own creative, visual ideas in a chosen area of art, craft and design. Students will demonstrate the ability to resolve issues and ideas that emerge as an inevitable part of the process of creating art and design work. The practical and personal study elements are interlinked.

Facilities

The Art and Graphic Design suites are generously rescourced: offering two bandsaws, two sanding belts, two floor standing power drills, two printing presses, a kiln, a laser cutter and a 16 bay computer suite that houses Adobe software, providing the boys with the opportunity to use Photoshop and Illustrator.

During the course of the Autumn term, the department holds an Artist in Residence workshop allowing the boys to develop an understanding of the artist at work. Most recently, Francesca Tiley held a 12-week club specialising in screen printing.

Many top-up sessions, such as Open Studio and Open Sketchbook, are provided during the course of the school week in order to improve and refine the boys’ portfolios.

Co-Curricular

Excitingly, there is an Art and Drama trip to L.A. during the Summer half-term to experience the many galleries and other cultural attractions.

A number of day trips to various art galleries are scheduled throughout the year, these include:

Year 7 to the National Gallery

Year 9 to Tate Britain and Tate Modern

Year 10 have a Private View at Tate Britain and Museum of Brands

Year 12 have various Art and Design talks throughout the year, most recently one by Grayson Perry.

 

Biology

At Wetherby Senior, the Biology department offers a broad and interesting curriculum which encourages the boys:

  • To study organisms from the micro to the macro level and to gain an understanding of the relationship between levels of organisation.
  • To develop a variety of transferable skills including practical, mathematical and problem-solving.
  • To gain an appreciation of how Biology can contribute to the success of the economy and society, as well as solve future problems facing our planet.

Our aims are:

  1. To stimulate and maintain student and teacher curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the Sciences.
  2. To enable students to see science in the context of a wider body of knowledge.
  3. To enable students to understand and use the scientific method, with safety being a major consideration.
  4. To enable students to be familiar with a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary.
  5. To enable and encourage students to achieve the best public examination results possible.
  6. To enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative and independence.
  7. To enable students to work independently and as part of a team.
  8. To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students access to science and to experience success and enjoyment in their science work.
  9. To develop an awareness in students of the implications of science (past, present and future) for the individual, the community and the environment.
  10. To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasoned arguments.
Teaching & Learning

The Lower School Curriculum is custom-based on 11-14 Longman and Common Entrance

Boys in Years 10 and 11 study IGCSE Edexcel

A Level Biology is Edexcel A Salters-Nuffield

The department also runs Biology Challenge for Y10 and Biology Olympiad Sixth Form and Triple Science Revision Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Facilities

There are two full time technicians in the Science department.

Co-Curricular

The Biology department runs a number of co-curricular trips and events throughout the year, including:

  • Biology Week (Autumn Term)
  • Year 9 Wildlife Photography Competition in memory of Marcos Burnett
  • Year 9 trip to the Natural History Museum and Kew Gardens
  • Year 7 and 12 trips to London Zoo
  • Science Film and Documentary Club
  • Bronze CREST Award (Years 7 to8)

 

Chemistry

The Chemistry department at Wetherby Senior aims to develop scientific interest in the boys, along with a deep practical understanding of the subject. The new GCSE and A Level reforms require students to explain ‘why’ rather than just learn facts and so we have adapted our teaching methods to ensure boys from Year 7 onwards are developing and practising these skills. The boys complete regular practical work independently as well as in groups and safety is always a major feature during these activities.

Teaching & Learning

Year 7 and 8 boys follow the Longman 11-14 course

GCSE students follow the Edexcel International GCSE specification

A Level students follow the OCR A specification

On a weekly basis we run a drop-in session for Years 7 to 9 along with individual sessions for Year 10 and Year 12. In the final run up to the GCSE exams there are 4 weekly drop-in sessions for Year 11 boys and these are structured so every student can attend one that suits his ability, for example there is a Level 8-9 clinic before school on Friday morning.

Facilities

We have 2 full time lab technicians

Co-Curricular

The Chemistry department runs numerous events and workshops throughout the year including:

  • Years 9 to 11 Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Top of the Bench’ competition (Autumn Term)
  • Year 11 GCSE Science in action (Autumn Term)
  • Year 7 Biochemistry fair (Summer Term)
  • Year 8 Medieval medicine topic and workshop (Summer Term)

Classics

Classics refers to the study of the language, literature, culture and society of the Greek and Roman worlds. The influence of the classical world can be seen today in all manner of ways: the relationship between Greek and Latin, and modern foreign languages; building structures such as football stadiums and how they relate to Roman amphitheatres; even with phrases such as “Achilles’ heel” which have entered the English language.

The skills gained from studying Classics are highly sought after by employers. A statement by the University of Cambridge proposes that “A recent study of major employers confirmed their high opinion of Classicists as potential employees: they know how to work hard, are accurate and efficient, take new tasks in their stride and can master situations intelligently. Above all they can talk articulately and argue coherently.”

TEACHING & LEARNING

It is the aim of the Classics department to foster an enthusiasm for the classical world. This is achieved by ensuring that boys are suitably challenged in all lessons with differentiated tasks made available. We also aim to dispel the myth of Classics being old-fashioned and “stuffy” through the use of a variety of approaches and materials in our teaching such as the use of modern technology; apps such as Memrise, Quizlet and Plickers are regularly employed.

In Years 7 – 9, boys may choose Latin as one of their language options. We follow the Cambridge Latin Course which gives the boys a solid grounding linguistically but also enables them to learn more about Roman culture. Examples of topics covered at this level include the theatre, slavery and Roman Britain.

At GCSE, boys can choose to take Latin or Classical Civilisation, with some boys choosing to study both. We follow the Eduqas specification for GCSE Latin with boys studying three separate papers: Language, Literature, and Roman Civilisation. For GCSE Classical Civilisation, we follow the OCR specification. Boys study two papers over the two year course: Myth and Religion and Roman City Life.

Latin A-Level (OCR) enables boys to further develop their understanding of complex grammatical structures whilst also providing the opportunity to gain further experience in reading and analysing the works of famous Roman authors such as Cicero and Virgil.

Academic catch-up sessions are currently offered to Year 11 Latin and Classical Civilisation students. Easter revision sessions also take place to ensure boys feel as prepared as possible prior to their public examinations.

CO-CURRICULAR

Boys’ enjoyment of Classics is enhanced through extra-curricular opportunities both inside and outside of school.

Classics Club is a popular activity for boys in Years 7 and 8. Boys undertake such tasks as creating their own myths and designing their own gladiators. Ancient History Club is also offered to those in Year 11 and above and enables boys studying a classical subject to further deepen their knowledge of the classical world. Keen linguists have the option of learning Ancient Greek from scratch as part of the school’s lunchtime activities programme.

Outside of the classroom, boys in Years 10 and above are invited to attend the annual UCL Classics play; this has proven to be a popular trip with the boys very much enjoying seeing classical texts come to life. Every two years the department organises a trip abroad with the previous two trips being to Pompeii and Athens respectively.

 

Computer Science

Computing at Wetherby Senior gives boys the skills and the mindset to not only consume data, but actively program computers and understand how today’s computers function.

We overlap with Mathematics on thinking skills and logic, and we support Art through the use of computer drawing and modelling, as well as the IT skills needed for efficient presentations. Computing goes well with any subject: Combine it with Languages, and you can build deep machine learning; combine it with Biology and you can make the robots of tomorrow.

Computing is highly regarded by both universities and employers; recent studies indicate that Computing is only second to Economics and Engineering in average graduate wages.

TEACHING & LEARNING

All students in Years 7 and 8 study Computing for two lessons a week. Lessons cover computing design, video and audio editing, spreadsheet modelling, programming in Python and HTML5, as well as algorithmic thinking. Games programming is very popular with the boys, as is the study of computer components and binary. Pupils produce professional quality clipart and logos, instructional videos with original techno soundtracks, as well as complete programs with functions and variables.

In Year 9, students have one lesson per week, where they use their ICT skills from Years 7 and 8 to manage projects and practise some past GCSE Computing questions. There is rigorous testing and emphasis on logical thinking and resilience for fine-tuning computer systems.

For GCSE, students can choose to take up OCR Computing with extra emphasis on coding and project management. The theory includes relational databases and app creation. Considering the global and UK shortage of Computing professionals, taking Computing puts the boys at the forefront of technology. This subject will also support the boys with engineering and scientific aspirations.

CO-CURRICULAR

A number of coding clubs are run by the department including Robotics, which are open to boys in Years 7, 8 and 9.

 

Drama

 

All students in Years 7 to 9 at Wetherby Senior School study Drama for one hour per week. It is an option for both GCSE and A Level. Drama lessons are mostly practical, with emphasis on creativity and teamwork skills. There are numerous visits from industry prefessionals, such as Frantic Assembly, Les Enfants Terribles and Splendid Theatre who run workshops at the School.

TEACHING & LEARNING

The aims of the Drama Department are to encourage and maintain the boys’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Drama, enabling each boy to achieve his potential and produce work of the highest quality.

The Lower School Drama curriculum is entirely practical and skills based. It prepares students fully for the Drama GCSE and also covers plays taught on the English GCSE Curriculum (such as Macbeth).

At Wetherby Senior we teach the AQA GCSE Specification, which involves three key skills:

  • Analysing Theatre: achieved through regular theatre visits and evaluation of set GCSE playscripts
  • Writing Theatre: The GCSE involves students creating their own play and performing it to a live audience
  • Acting in theatre: the GCSE involves acting in famous and reputable plays, such as The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter and 1984 by George Orwell (adapted for the stage by Duncan MacMillain)

The A LeveL, Edexcel A Level Specification, involves furthering the skills of analysis, playwriting and acting to a much more complex level. The A Level requires students to:

  • Think like a director
  • Perform in both group and monologue performances
  • Create detailed academic theatre evaluations
  • Write complex essays concerning play script and their context
  • Consider the social, cultural and historical context of theatrical work.

Weekly revision sessions and pratical sessions, including rehearsals for performance examinations, are held by the department.

FACILITIES

We have two large drama studio spaces and access to a professional lighting rig and sound system. There are opportunities for the boys to work with professional set designers, costume designers and lighting designers. These are hired each year for our shows and the students have the opportunity to learn from these industry experts.

CO-CURRICULAR

The Drama Department offers three large scale productions a year – The Upper School Porduction, the Lower School Production and Trib Drama, the house drama event.

Numerous theatre trips are organised during the academic year. These have included ‘Come from Away’, ‘People, Place and Things’, ‘Things I Know to be True’ and ‘The Jungle’.

There are also trips abroad including Broadway in New York in 2018 and a tour of the Sony Studios in Los Angeles in 2019.

 

Economics & Business

The Economics and Business department has proven very popular so far with over 60% of Year 12 boys choosing to study Economics or Business at A Level in the first year of Wetherby Senior’s Sixth Form.

The department is committed to enabling boys to cultivate a deep understanding of the subject and an appreciation of how it interacts with other related disciplines and wider social issues. Through our teaching we aim to foster a passion in the boys for their subject and help them develop into mature, independent learners who engage with their subject at the deepest level.

TEACHING & LEARNING

Economics and Business use the Eduqas specification at A Level. (These subjects are only offered at A Level). Both subjects are assessed by three exams at the end of their two years of study.

In Economics the boys cover the fundamentals of Micro and Macroeconomics and in the second year of the A Level course also investigate global economic issues such as trade, the EU and development economics.

In Business the boys study a range of Business types from the sole trader/entrepreneur to multi-national corporations. They study all of the major facets of what every business will need to do and consider in order to succeed including:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Management
  • Change
  • Risk
  • Globalisation

As a department we are able to use CORE Econ resources, which have been developed since the Global Financial Crisis by leading academics so that the teaching of Economics more closely represents the latest developments in the world around us and in Economics as an academic discipline. These are used by top universities around the world for their first year undergraduate teaching (such as UCL and Sciences Po Paris). We are able to use the most accessible parts of this resource to stretch our boys and help them to go beyond the A Level specification and give them a taste of what studying Economics at university would be like.

Boys are encouraged to read around the subject, keep up with current affairs and go deeper into their areas of interest. To help them pursue this, boys have online access to the Financial Times and the school library’s Economics and Business section has been growing rapidly since the start of the year.

CO-CURRICULAR

The department is also heavily involved in helping boys to get involved in Economics and Business outside of the classroom. A number of Year 12 boys have set up companies through the Young Enterprise Company Programme, supported by the department and Young Enterprise.

Boys from all year groups are able to attend the weekly Bigger Picture Society on a Friday lunch time. This allows them to investigate concepts and current affairs that are the pressing issues of the day and which are often outside of the A Level specification.

 

English

The English Department at Wetherby Senior is made up of seven subject specialists who, between them, have a breadth of experience teaching in and leading similar departments at some of London’s top independent day and both UK and international boarding schools. Each teacher contributes different expertise to the department, whether it be their experience as a Times journalist or in-depth knowledge of both Post-colonial and American Literature. Two members of the department have experience of teaching Drama, with the Head of English having previously taught Theatre Studies at A Level; an appreciation of the dramatic aspects of English as a subject is at the core of the department’s teaching, evidenced through the multiple theatre trips that boys across the School attend.

Teaching & Learning

Boys in Years 7 to 9 have six periods of English per two week cycle. Lessons are based around the study of a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, from Shakespeare to Dystopian Fiction, Contemporary Poetry to persuasive speeches. As well as developing our boys into critical, independent readers and learners through the study of such texts, we also use them as a springboard to develop the boys’ writing skills.

All boys study English Language and English Literature Cambridge iGCSE, after which they have the option to continue their studies at A Level in English Literature. It is part of the department’s development plan to introduce English Language A Level as the Sixth Form grows in size.

At A Level the boys receive seven periods of English a fortnight and benefit hugely from our central London location through the enriching opportunities which we are able to offer. In addition to viewing archived performances of their set texts in the V&A and being taken to multiple theatre trips to complement their studies, our Sixth Form boys have been able to attend literary lectures and benefit from visits from literary experts in the field of their study.

In the English Department, we understand that some boys make progress more quickly than others so we provide a weekly lunchtime ‘SPAG Clinic’ to support those in Years 7 to 9 with their technical writing skills. Furthermore, every Wednesday morning before school we host an ‘Intervention Club’ for Year 10 and 11 boys who may be struggling with a component of the iGCSE, or are just eager to receive extra support. Conversely, we have created a ‘KS4 Challenge Club’ which takes a select group of boys on thought-provoking theatre and cinema trips in order to expose them to more challenging material beyond the curriculum.

Co-Curricular

Boys can get involved with English-related clubs as part of the Activities Programme, including Creative Writing Workshop and Book Club, and will take part in school, local and national competitions during the course of the year. This year, we will be launching ‘Ink’ – Wetherby’s very own creative writing magazine which will showcase a range of original work from all year groups. There is a regular programme of visiting authors and writers and a whole school celebration of literary events, such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day.

 

Geography

Geography is an exciting, forward-thinking subject of increasing importance in today’s world. Geographers are needed to help solve local and global issues such as food and energy security, the spread of disease, causes and consequences of migration and the impacts of global warming. Geography also provides key analytical, numerical and literacy skills. We aim to develop skills of higher level thinking, problem solving and decision-making, in order to encourage the boys to be curious global citizens.

Teaching & Learning

In the Lower School, boys study a diverse curriculum which aims to tackle world issues as well as provide key skills. In Year 7, boys study ‘Pole to Pole’ which looks at the controversies surrounding Antarctica, ‘Rivers’ and finally the issues surrounding climate change. This is interspersed with map skills needed at GCSE. In Year 8, the boys cover topics such as, the challenges of population growth, energy and resource development and our dynamic coast. In Year 9 boys face some of the world’s most pressing concerns including Globalisation, Development and natural hazards.

Geography is a popular GCSE option and follows the AQA specification. The course allows the boys to explore both physical and human themes and investigates the link between them through the use of case studies from around the world. Topics include climate change, tropical rainforests, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.

At A Level we continue to follow the AQA specification which provides a challenging, rigorous and current curriculum that best prepares the boys for higher education. In human geography, boys will study changing places including the gentrification of Brixton, global governance and population and environment which includes the study of diseases, migration and food insecurity. In physical geography, the boys will study the importance of water and carbon cycles, our global ecosystems and gain an appreciation of the beauty and diversity of the world’s coasts.

Co-Curricular

Fieldwork plays an integral role and so there are a variety of trips offered to complement schemes of work. These include a trip in Year 8 to Stratford to study regeneration and in Year 9 to Brighton to study the impact of coastal management. At A Level the pupils will spend a weekend in Somerset, exploring some of the themes studied in the course as well as collecting data for their coursework. We also offer regular non-compulsory trips abroad (Croatia & Slovenia 2016, Italy 2017 and Greece 2018.)

 

History

History is the ultimate multi-disciplinary subject. Should a historian wish to understand a particular topic, they will need a working knowledge of a whole array of other disciplines that can range from medicine, climatology and physics to geology, history of art and literature, not to mention languages. Serious historians have to master a complex factual brief and then devise a convincing argument using rigorous empirical methods.

The transferable nature of these skills can explain why historians are to be found in leadership roles across the world. History teaches pupils that the story of humanity is chaotic and messy, it trains them to accept the unpredictability of events, equips them with a powerful sense of perspective and trains them to make judgements based on the available evidence. In short, history is an essential part of every child’s preparation for life.

Our aims at Wetherby Senior are to inspire a lifelong love of history in our pupils; to encourage all pupils to strive for excellence within the discipline; to deliver a curriculum that reflects both the evolution of the discipline and what we deem to be most relevant for our pupils.

TEACHING & LEARNING

Year 7 begin with the Medieval era. This includes a few highlights from British medieval history such as the Norman Conquest and the Peasants’ revolt. In the Spring Term they investigate the early Islamic World, focusing on how Islam spread so far and so fast and the cultural flourishing under the early caliphates. By the Summer Term they are investigating the history of migration to Britain, from the Beaker Folk, all the way up to the present day.

In Year 8 the boys Focus on the Early modern Era. This includes the English Civil War, the Mughal Empire, the formation of the UK, the emergence of the British Empire and ‘Plague, Fire & Witches’ which is a study in seventeenth century society.

In Year 9 boys begin by looking at the Atlantic Slave Trade and then the British Empire. In the Spring Term they study the two World Wars, focusing on how the conflicts emerged and how they were fought. In the Summer they study the Holocaust and Decolonisation.

The aim of Key Stage 3 is to equip the boys with both the skills they will need to tackle the GCSE and an essential sense of the importance of understanding the past.

GCSE:
We study the OCR Modern World (9-1) specification. This is an exciting and challenging new course that exposes the boys to a great range of topics whilst also honing their skills as historians.

The modules are:

  • International Relations 1919-2001
  • Germany 1925-55
  • Power, monarchy and democracy in Britain 1000-2014
  • Kennilworth Castle 1000-1750
  • The English Reformation 1520-1550

A Level:
We study the OCR History A Level. There is a very wide range of modules that can be studied, and what we study will change depending on pupil numbers and staffing. Currently the course consists of the following:

  • Britain 1930–1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930–1951)
  • Exploration, Encounters and Empire 1445–1570
  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992
  • Coursework Essay (topic chosen by the candidates)
CO-CURRICULAR

Outside the classroom Wetherby Senior boys can look forward to a number of enriching visits to historical sites and museums. A visit to Kenilworth Castle is organised for the Summer Term and one to the Battlefields is run alternating Octobers.

The department also runs a number of clubs including the Senior History Society for boys in Years 11 to 13 and the History Club, which is open to all years.

 

Maths

The maths curriculum at Wetherby Senior is traditional and academically rigorous; however, we aim to use technology effectively to make teaching and learning more dynamic. We also believe that boys can improve their problem solving skills by being challenged by questions and activities that go beyond standard textbook exercises. To that end, we ensure that all boys understand and agree to the following pledge.

As a Wetherby mathematician:

  • I am a problem solver and learn from attempting tough challenges.
  • I am prepared to take risks: it is better to get a wrong answer than to not try.
  • I respond positively to teacher feedback and learn from mistakes.
  • I practise techniques in order to aid memory and to increase speed and accuracy.
TEACHING & LEARNING

Years 7 and 8 will complete the KS3 (Year 7-9) National Curriculum. This ensures that we cover a broad range of topics at the appropriate level and provide an excellent foundation to IGCSE studies in Year 9 to 11. Covering the KS3 National Curriculum in two years provides pace and challenge, but the Scheme of Work also includes investigations and projects that go beyond the National Curriculum.

The Year 9 Scheme of Work is largely based on the Foundation IGCSE specification (with extension into some Higher topics) as this is designed to capture all of the key areas in mathematics, across Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data within the year.

GCSE:
Year 10 cover all of the Higher IGCSE topics in the Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) Mathematics A specification. This will allow us to extend able mathematicians with an extra GCSE in maths in Year 11 i.e. AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths; whilst other boys have time to consolidate their skills in Year 11.

A Level:
At A Level, we use the Edexcel specification for Mathematics and Further Maths. Each class will be split between two teachers, one focusing on Pure Maths and the other Applied (Statistics and Mechanics).

In all years, we also aim to enrich and enhance the prescribed curriculum in order to instil a sense of awe and wonder of maths in all boys through investigations, project work and cross-curricular activities. Extension material is inherent in our planning and we produce weekly ‘Challenge Questions’.

Boys will be entered in UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) and Intermediate and Senior Challenges at the appropriate age. We also select boys to represent the school in Team Challenges. Challenge Questions from UMKT and other sources form part of weekly prep and are used in class to supplement the study of a particular topic and to ensure that topics in maths are not studied in isolation.

CO-CURRICULAR

We run a UKMT Maths Challenge club on Friday lunchtimes that is open to all, plus other lunchtime meetings of boys selected for Team Challenges.

Each year, our Year 8 boys visit Bletchley Park to learn more about the work of mathematicians to break the Enigma Code.

A number of boys are selected each year to attend the Year 9 Mathematics Masterclasses at the Royal Institution on Saturday mornings.

 

Modern Languages

At Wetherby Senior, we offer boys the opportunity to choose from three main languages: French, German and Spanish.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department is committed to broadening our boys’ understanding of the world, and develop strong, life-long linguistic skills.

We strive to instil in all boys a love for languages and an understanding of the importance of an increasingly globalised society. We aim to encourage boys to be effective and confident communicators and to develop a broad understanding of a range of cultural trends. We hope that through becoming life-long learners, we have prepared boys at Wetherby Senior School to be competent global citizens.

The location of the school is unique in that the surrounding area of Marylebone is a culturally rich community where many languages are spoken.

Teaching & Learning

In the Lower School the boys study:

  • French: Year 7 Dynamo 1, Year 8 Studio 2 and Year 9 Studio 3
  • German: Year 7 Stimmt 1, Year 8 Stimmt 2 and Year 9 Stimmt 3
  • Spanish: Year 7 Viva 1, Year 8 Viva 2 and Year 3 Viva 3

At GCSE the Edexcel IGCSE is taken in French, German and Spanish

We also offer an ‘Early Entry GCSE’ option for boys who consider themselves bilingual and this is currently offered to boys hoping to sit IGCSE French, German, Spanish and Italian.

At A Level, the AQA A Level is followed for French, German and Spanish

The Modern Foreign Languages department is dedicated and committed to the needs of all students. Revision sessions and language clinics are offered to boys who wish to receive further support.

Facilities

In addition to our general teaching space, we also have a language laboratory, equipped with 21 computers, headsets and the most up to date SANAKO software.

The department also has individual speaking rooms where boys are encouraged to develop their speaking skills with our British Council Foreign Language Assistants. This is of particular importance for boys studying languages at IGCSE and A Level.

Co-Curricular

The Modern Foreign Languages Department offers an exciting and engaging co-curricular programme to boys of all ages and interests. From charity themed breakfasts to whole school events such as European Day of languages, there is something for everyone to enjoy and take part in.

In addition to having run various successful trips abroad, we take advantage of our central London location and take the boys on school trips to local restaurants, the cinema and the theatre to see plays such as ‘Bodas de Sangre’ and ‘Woyzeck’.

Our in-school list of clubs and activities is equally as impressive. In Years 7, 8 and 9 boys prepare for and compete in the National Spelling Bee and Translation Bee competition, with the National Grand Final taking place in the Summer Term. We also offer a MFL Culture Club and an East Asian Languages Society where boys can learn Mandarin Chinese and Japanese language and culture.

The MFL Department runs a highly successful field trip annually to Kings College London, where boys participate in various language workshops (including Arabic, Japanese and Russian). Not only do boys love learning something new, but this also gives them a taste of campus life and studying languages at university.

 

Music

Music is a powerful focus for creataive energy and one which both stimulates and guides the imagination. Music at Wetherby Senior aims to develop aesthetic sensitivity and creative ability in all pupils.

We provide a diverse, high quality co-curricular programme that helps every pupil discover and develop their talents. The programme challenges the boys, encouraging a breadth of interests and developing character, creativity and teamwork.

The department has a team of 12 instrumental teachers who are all musicians in UK orchestras and some members of staff teach the National Children’s Orchestra.

TEACHING & LEARNING

Music at Wetherby Senior School is taught to all boys from Years 7 to 9 for one period per week.

All boys in Year 7 are given brass instruments to play; trumpet, trombone, tuba, horn, euphonium and baritone. They perform in a Christmas concert as part of the choir and also in the Brass Bash spring concert as two full brass bands.

In Years 8 and 9, the boys study numerous music genres, including classical, blues, popular, reggae and also film music.

At GCSE, we follow the Edexcel syllabus. The exam is divided into three sections; performing (30%), composing (30%) and written exam (40%). The boys compose across a wide range of styles, from dance music to instrumental Sonata’s. Over two years, students study set works in different styles – Bach, Queen, Purcell, Wicked, Beethoven and Afro Celt and are examined on these in Year 11.

All GCSE students are taught Gade V theory and these sessions are run in Year 11. Set work sessions are also held once a week for GCSE students.

The music department has many links with professional musicians. Recent masterclasses held include a wind ensemble masterclass, brass band masterclass and a string masterclass.

FACILITIES

At Wetherby Senior, we have a large recital hall, four practice rooms and a music tech suite. In addition, we also have a dedicated drum room with acoustic treatment to ensure the highest quality sound. Pianos are available in each of the practice rooms enabling the boys to practise in their own time.

CO-CURRICULAR

The music department has an orchestra, string ensemble, funk band, wind ensemble, three brass bands, guitar ensemble, two rock bands, choirs and a DJ club.

Throughout the year, numerous concerts are held including classical concerts, recital evenings, composition concerts, Brass Bash and Livelounge. This year, the Brass Band will go on tour to Paris.

 

Philosophy

Historically, Philosophy encompassed all fields of enquiry and knowledge. Obviously, modern education is now split into a number of different disciplines and Philosophy has, to some extent, fallen away from view. This is not the case at Wetherby Senior School.

At Wetherby, we believe that Philosophy is an integral part of the curriculum and one that can enrich and enhance a student’s overall educational experience.

The aim of the department is simple but ambitious: To ensure that students think and discuss in a rigorous fashion and ideas are justified as much as possible.

Teaching & Learning

All students take the internal Philosophy course which is an hour a week for Year 7 to 11. There is currently no GCSE in ‘pure’ Philosophy but all students are aware of the possibility of taking Philosophy A Level.

Each year group has an over-arching theme:

  • Year 7 – Philosophy and the Self
  • Year 8 – Philosophy and the World
  • Year 9 – Philosophy and Society
  • Year 10 – Philosophy and the Impossible
  • Year 11 – Philosophy and the Future

What the above means in practice is that Year 7 cover issues such as our own Personal Identity and identity within the topic of Artificial Intelligence. Year 8 look at Greek Philosophy and what that tells us about the world. Year 9 cover Political Philosophy with particular attention to Theories of Justice. Year 10 attempt to solve impossible issues within Ethics and Free Will & Determinism and Year 11 look towards future study within Philosophy by covering some of the themes within the AQA Philosophy A Level.

Each year group also spends some time looking at how Philosophy is represented through popular films. For example Year 10 apply what they learn about Free Will to the central question of ‘pre-crime’ within the film Minority Report.

The A Level curriculum (AQA) has four parts:

  • Metaphysics of God
  • Metaphysics of Mind
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Epistemology

The A Level will be running at Wetherby Senior School for the first time from September 2019.

 

Physical Education

Wetherby Senior offers an inspiring Physical Education syllabus with a wide range of activities being taught by our dedicated and specialist sports teachers.

Teaching & Learning

Physical Education is a core subject for all pupils in the Years 7, 8 and 9.

The GCSE syllabus provides an opportunity to study both the practical (40%) and theoretical (60%) aspects of Physical Education, however all timetabled lessons are delivered as theoretical, classroom based lesson with the practical element being assessed through the games programme. The academic side of the course covers a wide variety of topics taught in two distinct modules: ‘The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity’ and ‘Sociocultural Wellbeing and Influences in Physical Activity’.

Students will experience some practical lessons throughout the course. These are centred around the components of fitness and enable the boys to develop their own personal fitness programme.

Boys are offered revision sessions during half terms in Easter and May, depending on when the exam timetable is released.

Facilities

The department makes full use of the excellent facilities at Ealing Trailfinders for football, rugby, cricket and tennis and boys can use the WSS gym / trainer alongside the heart monitors to improve their knowledge and understanding of the methods of training.

Co-Curricular

The Academic PE department runs trips throughout the year including one  to St Marys University enabling the boys to learn about sports nutrition, making sports snacks and drinks. The boys are able to test blood lactate thresholds and power outputs using specialist equipment.

 

Physics

Studying Physics develops the boys’ scientific literacy and gives them highly transferable skills which are useful throughout life. These include the ability to model new situations, to think in a logical manner, and to plan an experiment to investigate a question.

Our Aims:

  1. To stimulate and maintain student and teacher curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the Sciences.
  2. To enable students to see science in the context of a wider body of knowledge.
  3. To enable students to understand and use the scientific method, with safety being a major consideration.
  4. To enable students to be familiar with a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary.
  5. To enable and encourage students to achieve the best public examination results possible.
  6. To enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative and independence.
  7. To enable students to work independently and as part of a team.
  8. To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students access to science and to experience success and enjoyment in their science work.
  9. To develop an awareness in students of the implications of science (past, present and future) for the individual, the community and the environment.
  10. To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasoned arguments.
Teaching & Learning
  • Lower School Curriculum is custom–based on 11-14 Longman and Common Entrance
  • GCSE for all three sciences is IGCSE Edexcel
  • A Level Physics is OCR Physics B

In Addition, the Physics department also runs Engineering for A Level Plus at Year 12 and extension classes for Year 11 downwards, Isaac Physics for online challenge and Physics Olympiad for Y11 and Sixth Form.

Facilities

There are two full time technicians in the Science department.

Co-Curricular

A Robotics club is run by the Physics department and is very popular with boys across all year groups.

 


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