Teaching and Learning


Our Curriculum

Our young women receive specialist teaching in all subjects and are offered an academic curriculum that enables them to compete with the highest performing students around the country. In KS3, girls at Plashet study the following subjects:

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • The Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • The Arts: Art, Music and Drama
  • Physical Education
  • A Language – either: Bengali, French or Urdu (Y9 – 11) or French, Spanish or Urdu (Year 7 2020 onwards)
  • The Humanities: History, Geography, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Design Technology: Graphics, Food & Nutrition and Textiles and Fashion
  • ICT and Computing
  • Learning for Life: including citizenship, personal, health and social education

The lower school curriculum is designed to engage our younger students and to engender in them a love of learning.  The girls experience a wide range of subjects, so that they can begin to find new strengths and develop existing interests.   Most teaching groups at Key Stage 3 are mixed classes. By this we mean that there is no deliberate setting by ability. Subjects are taught in groups with a maximum of thirty students.


At Plashet we offer a curriculum favoured by the top schools in England and international schools around the world. This is called the English Baccalaureate and includes the subjects most commonly required or preferred by academic 6th forms and universities.

English Language & English Literature2 GCSEs
Mathematics 1 GCSE
Separate Sciences (examinations in Biology, Chemistry & Physics)
Combined Science
A Language (the one they have studied since Year 7)1 GCSE
Either History or Geography1 GCSE
Religious Studies1 GCSE

Students then personalise their curriculum by choosing an additional subject from:

ArtBusinessDramaFood & NutritionGraphics
ICTMusicPESociologyFashion & Textiles

All students also have statutory physical education on their timetable as a non-examination subject.

There are alternative and more appropriate accredited courses for those students unlikely to achieve success at GCSE level and these personalised courses are decided upon in discussion with parents.

Religious Education

Our Religious Education curriculum is taken from Newham’s Agreed Syllabus, which has been discussed, agreed and ratified by Newham Council, local teachers and representatives of all major faiths and denominations. Through our RE lessons we aim to:

• awaken and develop an awareness of the spiritual side of life
• know and understand the beliefs of others and respect their right to believe
• discover the significance of commitment to a personal faith
• care about and contribute to a multi-faith community
• examine the questions relating to human existence and purpose
• understand how religious beliefs and practices affect our lives

All students follow a multi-faith syllabus covering aspects of five major world religions and visits to different places of worship form an integral part of the course.

Curriculum Map

Curriculum Diagram

Plashet School