The curriculum supports the school's aim of focusing on academic values at every level of school life.  It provides for boys of all ages, abilities and needs

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Our curriculum provides a broad education that exposes boys to a range of intellectual challenges in their early years at Sherborne, deepening their knowledge in individual subjects and establishing long-term learning habits.

Variety and balance are key qualities of the curriculum. The curricula for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms are designed to support academic variety, allowing boys to explore a wide range of subjects and disciplines so that they each make informed choices at IGCSE and beyond and develop a broad base of skills and knowledge. We continue to offer so-called ‘minority' subjects which we see as an essential part of a liberal education. For further information regarding IGCSE options, please click here.

In the Sixth Form the boys develop increasingly focussed subject interests as part of the A-Level programme.



As the boys start their first year at Sherborne they come with a broad range of skills and knowledge.  Our broad third form curriculum is designed to capture the innate sense of enthusiasm which they often bring with them, whilst consolidating their core learning skills and extending their academic reach into new subject areas.

There is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, and all three sciences are taught separately. Nearly every boy takes Latin, combined with a study of classical civilisations. There are also classes in Modern Languages with boys studying two or even three of these and all boys will follow a full programme of creative subjects, namely Art, Drama, Music and Design Technology.

In addition, all boys study History and Geography, as well as taking a diploma in ICT. A challenging and discursive PSHE programme is delivered in the school’s boarding houses.

Sherborne boys follow a mixture of GCSE and IGCSE programmes.  They usually study for ten (I)GCSEs, including a core curriculum of Maths, English Language and Literature, Theology, a Modern Language, a Humanities subject and Science.

Flexibility is key at this stage in a boy’s education, so we provide options for them to consider in deciding their (I)GCSE profile. In some cases, boys study for up to twelve (I)GCSEs, in order to fit in extra subjects such as triple languages or all three sciences.

Beyond their (I)GCSE studies, boys participate in a comprehensive PSHE programme that covers issues such as relationships, online safety and life skills. This is delivered within the timetable.

In the Sixth Form boys study three A Level subjects for two years, with the option of taking Further Maths as a fourth.  In subjects where AS results still contribute to the overall A Level grade, boys take AS exams in the summer term of their Lower Sixth year.  For reformed subjects, boys sit terminal A Level examinations only. 

Supplementing their core A Level subjects boys have a programme of enrichment options, which includes PSHE, the option of an EPQ project, and a mixture of non-examined courses (e.g. Creative Media, International Affairs, Astronomy, Geology and Mandarin) and long-thin AS levels, which are studied over two years.  Nine subjects are available as a long-thin AS and include Psychology, Biology, Maths, English Language and Latin.

A Guide to Sixth Form 2019 - 2020