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Girls study a range of subjects taught by teams of specialist staff. Click here to read our latest GCSE Curriculum Brochure.

Art

KS3

The Art department teach skills under a cultural theme. For example Year 8 has been creating ceramic work, paintings and lino prints under the theme of Haida Art. This also included a visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford where the students were encouraged to draw directly from artefacts in the permanent collection. Year 9 has been following the theme, Drawing and Materials culminating in a project on ‘Self Identity’ while studying Pop Art and the culture of consumerism. Year 7 students have been studying African Art which included a visit to the British Museum to view various artefacts exhibition. Their observations and drawing will be developed in ceramic, print and the construction of a mixed media painting.

GCSE

The Art Department follow the AQA syllabus which is 60% coursework and 40% practical examination. The coursework portfolio comprises of work produced under one theme but which is designed to develop more mature skills in ceramics, printmaking and oil painting as well as Photoshop skills. Themes in the past have included Dutch and Flemish Art with a residential visit to Bruges and Amsterdam, Art and War which included a trip to Berlin, and more recently, French Art with a trip to Paris to study impressionism.

A Level

At A Level, students design their own project under the guidance of staff. Beforehand they go through a mini foundation course to enable them to have the skills and maturity to develop their own ideas. The skills course will introduce them to portraiture, figure and life drawing, more mature ceramic sills as well as etching and drawing and painting using a variety of skills. During the A Level course, students are encouraged to attend extension clubs. These have included modelling clay heads, figure drawing and etching as well as attending life drawing sessions at the local art college. Girls are encouraged to visit galleries in their spare time but as a department we regularly take them to major exhibitions throughout the year to aid their research such as the annual BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. Under the guidance of Mrs Craske, students are taken to the Design Your Future Course in London to look at the diversity of art courses in further education as well as an optional joint art, photography and textiles trip to New York where they can visit a wide range of galleries to research their chosen topic as well as visit Parsons and other art colleges in New York. 

Business Studies

A Level

Girls at Tudor Hall follow the AQA Business Specification (7132). It offers girls a new, highly relevant and interesting area for Sixth Form study. In choosing to study Business, they develop a broad knowledge of business operations and strategy, as well as gaining targeted knowledge and skills in more specialist areas of marketing, finance, operation and human resource management.

The prospect of academic challenge and practical focus makes Business a popular A level choice and indeed a popular subject to pursue in higher education. Many girls combine their study of Business with an extra-curricular role in a Young Enterprise company, where they learn to put their classroom learning into action and test their skills.

CDT

KS3

During years I-III girls design and make products in woods, plastics and metals. They study control systems and design projects that involve mechanisms and electronic circuits. They are assessed in both designing and making skills.

GCSE

Girls may take GCSE Resistant Materials which includes a large coursework project element as well as a theory examination. 

A Level

At AS and A2 girls may take AQA Product Design. Both courses are 50% coursework, with the opportunity to design and make large items of furniture. The written exam tests knowledge of materials, components, manufacture and application.

Classics

KS3

In year I (Todd) all girls begin Latin and continue studying Latin in the IIs. In the IIIs, girls can continue with Latin, a decision that is made by the girls in conjunction with their teachers.

GCSE

Girls may take GCSE Latin which includes translation and comprehension of texts, and the study of selected verse and prose literature.

A Level

In the sixth form girls may take A Level Latin (OCR) or Classical Civilisation (AQA). There is also the option to study GCSE Classical Greek (OCR) ab initio. Latin and Greek include the study of both language and literature. Classical Civilisation currently covers Greek architecture & sculpture, Homer’s Odyssey, Greek tragedy and Roman epic. 

Dance

KS3

During years I-II girls have a lesson in dance each week. They learn a range of different dance styles and study different professional dance works. They are encouraged to work from a range of stimuli.

GCSE

Girls can take GCSE Dance (AQA syllabus). It is a very practical course with four main components: a set dance performed as a solo; a composition using 3 motifs from a professional dance and performed as a solo; a group performance and a choreography piece (stimulus of their own choice) which is also performed as a solo. There is also a short theory paper.

All year groups can attend dance clubs where they create solo, duo, trio and larger dance group pieces. The school dance group, Reaction Dance, is very highly regarded and performs twice a year.

Drama

KS3

During years I-III girls focus on the key areas of making, performing and responding.  They enjoy lessons which develop their skills and introduce them to a range of experiences and stimuli. A written notebook is kept by all girls to help them reflect and improve.

GCSE

Girls may take AQA GCSE Drama. 60% of the assessment is of practical coursework which can be chosen from a variety of performances.  The 40% written component requires the girls to evaluate scripted, devised and improvised work, and to respond critically to productions they have seen in the theatre.  

A Level

At A Level girls may take Drama and Theatre Studies. To do drama you must be a psychologist, detective, historian, philosopher, sociologist, artist, collaborator, motivator and scientist.

In the A Level students must study the work and methodologies of two influential theatre practitioners. They must also complete a minimum of two performances, one devised and one from a performance text which has been studied as part of the course.

Drama is a creative as well as an academic subject; there are numerous clubs and trips as well as school productions which support the formal curriculum.

Economics

A Level

Economics is everywhere around us, affecting every aspect of our lives and so, whether you have realised it or not, the subject surrounds you and shapes your choices. To understand these choices more fully, to think more logically about the world we live in and so to make more informed decisions are therefore crucial benefits that the study of economics can provide. The subject is undoubtedly valuable to our roles as consumers, employees, entrepreneurs, voters and citizens.

The rigorous and logical thinking demanded and developed by the study of economics is highly valued by university admissions tutors and employers. The skills developed in studying economics complement any other A Level subject, whether it be in the humanities, arts or sciences, as well as preparing students for the rigours of any university degree.

Girls at Tudor Hall follow the Edexcel A Level Economics course, newly designed from 2015 to reflect today’s global economy and the current economic issues we face. The course looks at markets and market failure, the UK economy, business behaviour and the labour market, as well as international economics.

English

KS3

During years I-III our girls study a range of classic and contemporary literature, including a selection of novels, plays and poems. Texts currently being taught include Shakespeare plays like Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, poets from Keats to Ted Hughes and prose work including the Sherlock Holmes stories and more contemporary fiction like Stone Cold.

GCSE

At the end of Key Stage 4 our girls take Edexcel IGCSEs in both English Language and English Literature. The Language qualification tests a range of reading and writing skills. The Literature qualification asks girls to read a range of poetry, prose and drama, including a Shakespeare play. Perceptive and individual responses are rewarded highly.

A Level

At A Level, girls study for OCR's English Literature qualification. This is a two-year, linear A Level which covers a wide range of texts, currently including:  Helen Mort and Liz Berry’s poetry, Sense and Sensibility, A Room with a View, The Tempest, The Duchess of Malfi, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Maud, Lucky Jim, The History Boys, Dracula and Edward II. There is both a coursework and an examined element.

The English Department lays on many events outside the classroom. The Literary Society meets once a week for mini-lectures on topics from the whole literary canon. Outside of school, plays that we have seen recently include: A Christmas Carol, The Tempest, An Inspector Calls, and Dr Faustus, with Cymbeline, The Alchemist and A Midsummer Night’s Dream lined up for the near future.

Girls also attend the Althorpe Literary Festival and are entered the girls for as many competitions as possible, achieving success at both the Deddington Festival and the BBC Radio 2 500-Word Short Story competition. Internally, Old Tudorian and published poet Mo Browne recently inaugurated a school poetry prize.

Our girls attain highly in English and go on to receive offers from top universities including (in 2016) Cambridge.

In addition John Field (Director of Teaching and Learning and Teacher of IGCSE and A Level English) writes Poor Rude Lines. This is a blog covering contemporary poetry and it has won John the accolade of being described by The Poetry Trust as ‘one of the most reliably articulate and discerning online commentators on contemporary poetry.’ Read it here http://johnfield.org/.

Geography

KS3

During years I-III girls learn about maps, rocks and weathering, industry and settlement, population, sustainability, plate tectonics, tropical storms and the geography of the UK. They focus on Brazil, Kenya, Japan and Antarctica. There is opportunity for fieldwork in each year group.

GCSE

Girls may choose to study at Geography at GCSE (AQA) which involves an even split between human and physical geography which are assessed under examination conditions. There are two fieldwork investigations. 

A Level

At A Level the girls will follow the new AQA Geography syllabus which focuses on physical and human geography and geographical skills. The A Level has a fieldwork element, which will be assessed as an individual project. Many girls go on to read geography at Russell Group universities and are successful in their careers.

Geographical, cartographic, graphical and ICT skills are developed through the years. The girls are encouraged to take active research into topical, local, national and international issues related to geography.

History of Art

A Level

History of Art is a very popular option in the Sixth Form at Tudor Hall School, where we follow the AQA A Level syllabus. In the LVI the students to study a wide variety of paintings, sculptures and architecture from 500 BC to 2000 AD from across Europe and the USA. Students are equipped with skills of visual analysis and are introduced to important themes such as artistic style, historical contexts, patronage and the form and function of architecture. In the UVI, girls have the opportunity to gain in depth knowledge of specific periods and the historical contexts of works of art. At Tudor Hall, we currently study the art and architecture of the sixteenth-century covering the High Renaissance and Mannerism as well as the art of the seventeenth-century which covers the Baroque period.

Students are encouraged to enhance their classroom studies with visits to exhibitions and galleries in London and Oxford. As part of the course, girls have the opportunity to visit works studied in class on a trip abroad to Florence, Rome or Venice. Speakers are invited to the school to speak on a range of topics. Many girls go on to study History of Art as undergraduates at a range of universities, including those of Bristol, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Oxford Brookes and Leeds.

History, Government and Politics

KS3

Junior History aims to engender an interest in learning about the past whilst developing the girls critical thinking skills.

In Todd we begin with developing historical vocabulary and practicing key skills by looking at aspects of medieval life.

In the IIs we build upon these skills by looking at the success of the Tudors and the failures of the Stuarts and in the IIIs we focus on aspects of 21st Century History. The impact of slavery is explored via source analysis, extended writing and a consideration of the ways and means by which it was eventually abolished. When looking at the causes of World War One the girls are asked to decide which country was most responsible. Aspects of World War II include a depth study using video, audio and written testimony to consider how the Nazis arrived at the Final Solution and how far the atomic bombing of Japan can be justified. The girls also undertake an oral history project looking at the degree of social change over generations.

GCSE

Girls may study IGCSE Modern World History, CIE course, which focuses on the USA in the 1920s and 30s and the origins of World War Two. A tailor made trip to the battlefields helps girls understand the impact of war on the lives of the combatants.

A Level History

At A Level girls may study OCR British History specialising in the Glorious Revolution and its impact, and the role of Mussolini. The coursework is on Nazi Germany and the synoptic paper is on the Tsars and Commissars from 1855-1964. There is a trip to Krakow and Auschwitz to support this.

A Level Government and Politics

Girls may also take Government and Politics AS Level and A Level which covers British politics and political ideologies. The department runs the school's Model United Nations teams which compete successfully throughout the country.

Home Economics

KS3

In year I and II there is a cookery club once a week. In year III there is a cookery lesson every Saturday.

GCSE

Girls may study for GCSE Food and Nutrition (EDUQAS syllabus). This involves practical cookery lessons and nutritional theory lessons. 50% of the qualification is awarded for coursework.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form girls may take the Leiths Introductory Certificate in food and wine. Students are shown a wide range of professional practical cooking methods and are taught the associated theory, the primary aim of this course is to provide students with a vital life skill for independent living, which should they so choose, could open up areas of possible employment. Students will gain the confidence to cook by making judgements on the ingredients they buy, the dishes they put together in their menus, and the methods they use to cook and serve the food to achieve the best results. By the end of the course, students should be able to show that they can produce specified dishes to the required standard under timed conditions using professional methods

ICT & Computing

KS3

All girls from Todds to IIIs receive 2 lessons of ICT a week (70 minutes in total). The curriculum focuses on building core ICT skills, e-safety and computer science. Girls are given the opportunity to learn how to program using a variety of methods including Scratch, Python and Codecademy.

GCSE

In the IVs, girls can either opt to do the CIE iGCSE Computer Science examination over two years or complete the European Computer Driving License in one year.  ECDL enables students to use a computer confidently and effectively.

Mathematics

KS3

During years I-II girls study number, algebra, shape and space and data handling all of which help to develop the girls’ reasoning and problem-solving skills. In year III girls study topics relating to the IGCSE.

GCSE

All girls work towards Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics specification A with the aim of taking the higher tier exams. The course covers most of the GCSE topics as well as more traditional topics such as sets, functions and differentiation.

A Level

At AS and A2 girls may take Mathematics and Further Mathematics and benefit from small classes. Here we follow the Edxecel board. Girls also attend masterclasses and lectures at various venues.

All girls have the opportunity to enter the UKMT Mathematics Challenge, take part in workshops and other activities arranged by the department as well as the regular maths clubs on offer.

Modern Foreign Languages

KS3

During years I-III girls study French. They are grouped carefully according to their different levels at entry. In the IIs all girls study German and Spanish for half a term each, before deciding which to continue, alongside their French.

GCSE

Girls may study French, German and Spanish at GCSE following the AQA syllabus. The course equips the girls to express their views orally and in writing on topics such as family and home, leisure pursuits, travel, health and the environment. A solid grammatical foundation and practice in translation are also given.

A Level

At A Level, girls may study French, Spanish (AQA syllabus) and German (EdExcel syllabus). The course give the girls a chance to study issues such as youth concerns, the media, the environment, literature and film, and they develop skills in debate, research and presentation and essay writing. 

In addition to A Level studies, girls in the Sixth Form can take GCSE Italian or beginners’ Russian. The Language Leader Award scheme is also offered to sixth formers, enabling students to develop leadership skills and self-confidence by learning to teach modern languages and run cultural events for junior and primary school pupils.

Language studies are enhanced by regular extra-curricular activities such as European cookery workshops, the British Airways Flag Award scheme and oral clubs. In addition, we offer regular trips to France, Spain, Germany and Austria to enable pupils to practise their language skills in authentic settings and to experience different cultures first hand.

Music

KS3

During years I-III girls have 70 minutes of class music lessons each week. Each lesson includes listening and appraising music in a variety of genres, composing pieces in various styles, and performing solos and ensembles in classroom concerts and practical sessions. There is much focus on developing the musician as a whole, with emphasis on the importance of musical theory and how music can reflect social and historical events and traditions.

GCSE

The GCSE course involves solo and ensemble performance, composition, and analysing historical and contemporary works in preparation for a written and listening examination. 

A Level

If taken for A Level, the candidates study a more extensive variety of historical works, involving analysing and appraising at a higher level, alongside compositional study and aural work. At this stage they will also perform a recital.

All girls are encouraged to extend their music studies through the provision of theory clinics and aural clubs. Practical students preparing for their external music grades are also provided with opportunities to work with an accompanist prior to their examination.

There are many performing opportunities for all girls, including 'Music School' concerts for beginners, 'Ballroom Recitals' for the more advanced performers and large concert platforms for solo and ensemble items in our termly concerts. We perform in the local area, further afield, and some girls are members of County ensembles. Our girls have also enjoyed much success in local and national festivals.

Philosophy, Theology and Ethics

Tudor Hall has its own unique approach to religious education which focuses on the disciplines of philosophy, theology and ethics. Our approach helps students to develop high-level critical-thinking skills by enabling them to engage with religious and non-religious worldviews.

KS3

During years I-III girls focus on Christian, Islamic and Humanist responses to key philosophical, theological and ethical “puzzles”: God, the universe, the afterlife, Jesus, suffering and ethics. Students explore the conflicting answers given to these puzzles and they are encouraged to critically consider their own responses in an informed and intelligent way. 

GCSE

At present, the GCSE Religious Studies covers philosophical and theological topics such as: the existence of God, immortality and the relationship between science and religion and ethical topics such as medical ethics and crime and punishment.

A Level

At AS and A2 girls take Edexcel Religious Studies which again covers a whole range of philosophical, theological and ethical material. Such as debates about religious experience and religious language, conflicting approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas and the application of ethical theories to real life issues (such as the same-sex marriage debate).

Religious Studies is currently the most popular A Level option, with over 40% of the Lower and Upper 6th choosing to take the subject. A number of our A Level students have gone on to study Philosophy and/or Theology at leading universities such as Bristol, Edinburgh and Durham.

Physical Education

KS3

During years I-III girls are coached in netball, hockey, lacrosse, rounders, athletics and tennis. There is a range of clubs and fixtures during the school day and on Saturdays.

GCSE

Girls can choose to take AQA GCSE PE full award which includes studying anatomy, physiology, sport psychology, reasons for participation in sport as well as food and nutrition. The girls are assessed on their ability to perform across four sports to demonstrate a range of skills.

A Level

At A Level girls may take the AQA specification in Physical Education which focuses on physiology, psychology and the social and contemporary influences of modern day sport. Girls are also assessed in their practical ability.

Most girls at Tudor love their sport and gain skills in teamwork and leadership from their involvement in a range of clubs and teams.

 

Psychology

A Level

Girls who chose to study Psychology for A Level follow the AQA course. In the first year, this specification focuses on social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and research methods. In the following year the girls will study relationships, gender, cognition and development, stress, aggression and Forensic Psychology to name a few of the topics in the specification. 

Science

KS3

During years I-II girls study a broad range of practical and theory based science using Hodders ‘Science Progress’ books. In the IIIs all girls prepare for the Edexcel iGCSE science course.

GCSE

In the IVs girls opt to study either iGCSE dual or iGCSE separate sciences.

A Level

Girls may take AS and A Levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. We follow AQA courses for Biology and Physics and OCR for Chemistry.

Science lessons are supported by a wide range of trips and lectures as well as plenty of hands on experiments. Recently, we have been to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, we are organising a trip to NASA Florida and Lord Robert Winston has visited for a lecture and dinner.

 

Textiles

Textiles at Tudor Hall School is creative in approach and encourages students to explore a wide variety of approaches, to fabric design, embellishment and construction.

KS3 

During the first three years the emphasis in the Textile department is developing skills, confidence and knowledge. Todd presently learn a range of hand embroidery, alongside introduction to the sewing machine. The current students then combine this knowledge with surface pattern techniques to produce their own individual design.

IIs are working on 3 Dimensional sculptures and having recently had a workshop with a bridal wear designer are now designing and constructing fascinator head pieces on the theme of butterflies.

IIIs are taught about fashion illustration in the autumn term producing their own designs emboldened by a visit to the Clothes Show Live fashion show just prior to Christmas. The spring term is where a skirt is designed and decorated with further surface pattern techniques, an individual design is created by the students, involving, Batik, screen printing, and fabric painting.

GCSE

The Textiles department follow the OCR syllabus. The structure of the course allows the first term to comprise of learning a foundation of skills and new techniques that can be employed in the portfolio of coursework. This year the project is Fashion in Detail, inspired by Alexander McQueen’s Savage exhibition that has been so inspirational for the fashion and textile world. Small groups allow each girl to study personal themes for work, which can vary from constructing her own textile garment or a stand-alone piece of Textile art. Visiting Artist and Designers are inspirational to the students alongside relevant visits to gallery or international shows.

A Level

The Students follow a further foundation of sophisticated techniques and learning of skills. This is followed by a personal investigation into an area that interests them. This will be then be explored in detail and different media to create a personal and contextual informed outcome. Again the course is supported by relevant, inspirational visits, this year to New York that will also widen the student’s visual awareness of the Textile world, and also a number of research and study trips to local and London museums and galleries.