Senior School Academic Life
Our purpose-built classrooms are well-equipped, bright and modern. Class sizes are small, rarely exceeding 20 in Years 7-11 and 12 in the Sixth Form. All classrooms are equipped with computers and projectors. There are three ICT suites including an Apple Mac suite.
In Years 7-8 we encourage students to enjoy the pursuit of learning and to discover and explore their own intellectual capacities. Debating, research and critical thinking skills are developed as students' essential interests and zest for learning are stimulated via our exciting and progressive Lower School curriculum. In particular the History, Geography, RS and Art departments work together to deliver a vibrant, challenging and intellectually coherent programme of study which avoids the repetition associated with the national curriculum and includes the following topics:
The Crescent and the Cross – an introduction to the central tenets of Islam and Christianity and their importance in the contemporary world.
Civilisation and Catastrophe – the impact of natural disasters on historic civilisations (Vulcanology and Pompeii and the Great Fire of London and urban renewal).
The Art of War – warfare and the human experience through the media of paintings, music and poetry.
Great Lives – an indepth analysis of the historical reputations of Ghandhi and Christ.
Conflict and Change- a study of the reasons for and the consequences of the European "Scramble for Africa": an insight into the developmental and resource issues in post colonial Africa.
From Iconoclasm to Modernism – through methodology and a multi media approach, pupils gain an insight into the major art movements and their impact on their respective societies.
Additionally, all students in Years 7-8 study Maths, Science, English, Drama, Music, Food and Nutrition, ICT, French and either Spanish or German. Wednesday afternoons are given over entirely to games and there are 2 further PE lessons of 55 minutes each. From Year 9 onwards the focus on public exams begins. Curriculum times for Science, Maths and English are increased and the humanities are taught as discrete subjects.
In Years 10-11, as well as studying Maths, English Language and Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and one modern foreign language, students choose three options from the following: Art, Drama, Economics, Geography, History, Music, a second foreign language, Media Studies, Religious Studies, PE and Home Economics. We currently prepare students for iGCSE Maths, English Language and Literature, Science and History and some pupils sit an iGCSE in Modern Foreign Languages.
At Lingfield Notre Dame, students work hard and get excellent public examination results. Our students are stretched but not stressed. The emphasis throughout the School is very much on helping all students to fulfil their potential. A member of staff is responsible for ensuring that we provide opportunities for all our gifted and talented students, including our scholars, for whom there is a discrete extra-curricular programme, to develop their interests both in and outside the classroom. We also have a learning support co-ordinator who works with departments to ensure that all students make the most of their ability.
In Years 12-13 we offer a carefully chosen range of A level options. Sixth Formers leave with a rounded education and are well-prepared for university and life beyond. They gain places in a wide range of universities including Oxbridge, with the vast majority going to their first choice. The current A level options are as follows: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Economics, French, German, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Physics, PE, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish and Theatre Studies.
There is a vast array of academic extra-curricular clubs on offer from Earth Science or Astronomy to Italian or Creative Writing. Additionally there are surgeries and extra-curricular revision lessons available in all key academic areas.