The wide range of GCSE and A level courses offered reflects the wide interests of the students. There is an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM subjects), where standards are very high. There is a well-developed approach to raising the profile of literacy and mathematics across the curriculum, together with opportunities to excel in a wide variety of sports and the arts.’ OFSTED REPORT 2014

YEAR 10/11
All students follow full GCSE courses in:
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • A Modern Foreign Language (French or German or Spanish)
  •  A Humanity (History or Geography)
In addition, students can choose 2 further GCSEs from the following:
  • A second Modern Foreign Language
  • A second Humanity subject
  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Design Technology
  • Music
  • RE
  •  PE
Students also study Building Learning Habits, Careers, Citizenship, Games/PE, Religious Education, Sex and Relationships Education
Building Learning Habits

The great physicist Albert Einstein once said 'It's not that I am so smart.  But I stay with the questions longer'.  At Bishop Vesey's Grammar School we agree with Einstein that the key to academic success is your commitment to learning.  We believe that right from Year 7 we need to build excellent learning habits in all our students.  That means we want our learners to be resilient and independent.  We want them to not be scared of getting stuck because there is so much that can be learned from tackling things that are both difficult and complex.  We also want students to look carefully at any assessment feedback and thoroughly respond to it.  Our Building Learning Habits programme develops better learners and greater academic success.

DFE GCSE & A Level Reform for Parents

BVGS GCSE Options Booklet 2016-2017

BVGS GCSE Options Booklet 2017-2018

Work Experience Form 2017

Year 10 GCSE Information Evening 2016

Year 11 How to Revise Guide



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