Academic Programmes

The Prep (Year 6)

Pupils will follow a timetable that resembles that of a typical secondary school student in many respects, with a variety of subjects similar to those listed for Year Seven included. We aim for our Head of Prep to deliver a significant proportion of these lessons (often in English and Humanities subjects) in the dedicated Prep Form classroom, providing stability and continuity for our youngest students.

Pupils can expect to study subjects including Art, English, French, Mathematics, Music, Science and Physical Education and Games. Tutorial periods with the Form Tutor and/or Head of Prep are also an important feature and will incorporate delivery of some Personal and Social Development topics. 

Year 7

All students will follow a curriculum consisting of lessons each week in:

Art & Design, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Science and Physical Education, Games and ‘Tutorial’, a one period per week course delivered by the Form Tutor and incorporating Personal and Social Development topics.

Food Technology and Textiles are also followed and are normally taught on a carousel basis. 

Year 8

All students will follow a curriculum consisting of lessons each week in:

Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Physics and Physical Education, Games and Personal and Social Development.

Additionally the following subjects are followed and are normally taught on a carousel basis in Year Eight:

Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, ICT & Computing, Textiles.

Year 9

All students will follow a core curriculum consisting of:

Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Physics and Physical Education, Games and Personal and Social Development.

Students will also study either Latin or Classical Civilisation, with the decision as to which is followed by each student being at the discretion of the School.

Students will follow one ‘Third Language’ option from Classical Greek, German, Spanish or English & Communication Skills.

The English & Communication Skills course is designed for students who may benefit from additional support in this area of the curriculum and admission to the course is usually by invitation of the English Department only.

Students will follow three ‘Creative and Technical’ subjects from Art & Design, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Music and Textiles. 

Years 10 & 11

All students will study for GCSE or equivalent qualifications in English, English Literature and Mathematics.

Students will also follow non examination courses in Physical Education, Games and Personal and Social Development.

Students are asked to select a further seven subjects for study towards GCSE or equivalent qualifications. Unless there are exceptional circumstances we would insist on any chosen combination including at least two Science subjects, at least one Modern Foreign Language and at least one Humanities subject.

Every effort is made to satisfy each student’s preferred combination. Constraints of timetabling (and in some subjects) of capacity will however mean that no guarantees can be made in this regard, so students will also be asked to carefully select reserve choices of subject.

Optional GCSE subjects offered usually include:

  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages: French, German and Spanish
  • Humanities: Classical Civilisation, Geography, History, Religious Studies

Together with:

Art & Design, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Classical Greek, Latin, Music, Physical Education,.

Years 12 & 13 (Sixth Form)

Students will pick four subjects to study in the Lower Sixth from four timetable ‘option’ blocks. Selection of these subjects is normally made in February of Year Eleven, with the blocks constructed based on an initial student survey taken during the preceding November.

In the Upper Sixth students will continue in a minimum of three subjects towards qualifications at A Level (or an equivalent subject such as the Pre U, followed in a small minority of subjects).

Most students will attend the weekly Friday Lecture programme in the Lower Sixth year (subject to their individual timetables). Students may also elect to take examinations in General Studies in addition to other subjects; no tuition is provided for General Studies but an opportunity to sit a trial examination is extended.

All students will follow a non examination course of Games or Community Service for one afternoon per week, as well as a non examination course of Personal and Social Development during the Upper Sixth year.

All students embark on their Sixth Form careers with the intention of completing the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

A wide variety of subjects is available for study towards A Levels at Leicester Grammar School, usually comprising at least the following:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Greek
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Latin
  • Mathematics 
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Studies