Curriculum Overview

A highly relevant and academic and challenging curriculum is the foundation for learning at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. As such, whilst there is a strong emphasis from Year 7 in the core subjects, students are offered a range of subjects from all areas, with opportunities to study an ever-widening range of additional courses at GCSE and A-Level. More broadly, through our tutoring programme, we encourage students to be open-minded and engage with the world around them; educating them about both the dangers and opportunities that lie ahead of them. Students are encouraged to be independent, inquisitive learners and to explore ideas beyond and across their subject areas. We passionately believe that the world our students will enter when they leave school will require then to be flexible and use their skills and expertise from a range of disciplines in order to be successful in their chosen career path.

The Wilmington Grammar School for Girls curriculum is designed to:

  • Ensure that all our students whatever their background, aspirations and starting points acquire the knowledge, skills and cultural capital needed to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • Enable all our students to experience academic excellence and personal success by creating an aspirational, high achievement culture which takes into account individual needs.
  • Offer all our learners the opportunity to experience a broad and balanced range of subjects and experiences, through taught curriculum lessons, whole school enrichment days and extra-curricular activities.
  • Prepare our students for the world that awaits them outside of school by enabling them to become confident, resilient, articulate, courageous, thoughtful, kind, creative and responsible leaders.
  • Ensure clear development of knowledge and skills supporting student progress over their school life.
  • Enable students to make links between subjects and ask ‘Big Questions’ following the principle of depth before breadth
  • Offer targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make exceptional rates of progress
  • Foster engagement and a love of learning

Key Stage 3

Students study a broad range of subjects in Years 7 & 8

Art Geography Mathematics Physics
Biology History MFL RS
Chemistry Computer Science Music Technology
English PE Learning for Life (PSHE) Epistemic Insight (Y7 only)

All students study either French or Mandarin in Years 7 and in Year 8 all students learn Spanish as their second language.  All students continue with at least one language to GCSE level.

Approximately 30 students in each cohort will have the opportunity to join the Mandarin Excellence Programme in Year 8 and 9.  This group will have 3 one hour twilight sessions in addition to the normal Mandarin classes plus extra homework, enabling them to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture.  They are expected to be at GCSE standard by the end of Y9.

Key Stage 4

During Years 9, 10 and 11 students study both GCSE subjects plus a range of enrichment courses designed to broaden their KS4 experience.

In Year 9, students begin their GCSE courses in English, Mathematics, Science and RS and a bridging course from KS3 to KS4 in all other subjects. 

In Year 10, students begin their GCSE courses in their other selected subjects.  This will include at least one language chosen from French, Spanish or Mandarin, at least one Humanity from Geography or History and two further choices.  All students will study a minimum of 10 GCSE's

To view our 2023 Options Booklet with details of all the courses available please click here


Key stage 5

Subjects are available on the WG6 website here