The Secondary School at Brook Hill is divided into three main groups: Key Stage 3, 4 and 5
Checkpoints exams are taken by students between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. Pupils are placed into Year 7, 8 and 9. At the end of Year 9 they have external Cambridge exams from three core subjects: English, Mathematics, and Science. This is known as Cambridge Checkpoint and pupils receive certificates with their grades.
Students at this level also study History, Geography, a Modern Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish), Chinese, Computers, Arts and Sports.
Key Stage 4. or the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) period, is for pupils between the ages of 15 and 16 years old (Year 10 and Year 11) It is a two year course and students take an external Cambridge exams at the end of Year 11.
Pupils can choose to study the following subjects (there is also the option of Brook Hill providing some additional subjects if upon pupil or parent request):
English, Mathematics, Combined Sciences (or Biology / Physics / Chemistry), History, Geography, Modern Languages, (one or two from French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian or Spanish), Art & Design, Design & Technology, Business Studies, Economics and Sport.
Key Stage 5 is also known as AS (Advanced subsidiary) and A (Advanced) level. Students between the ages of 17 and 18 years old are placed in Year 12 and Year 13, and take exams at the end of both years. These exams are crucial for university applications.
Students can choose from the following subjects (there is also the option of Brook Hill providing some additional subjects upon students or parent request):
English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography, Applied ICT, Psychology, Modern Languages, (French, German, Mandarin (Chinese), Italian or Spanish), Art & Design, Design & Technology, Business Studies, Economics and Media Studies.
At any stage, students have the opportunity to choose between several options: