At the start of their two-year GCSE courses, girls move into the Upper School for Year 10 and 11. They are expected to start taking greater responsibility for the organisation of their work, part of which takes the form of coursework, such as projects or fieldwork, or the on-going assessments of the application of knowledge and practical skills, as in Science subjects. All Upper School girls are allocated time for independent, private study, where they are encouraged to make use of the excellent Senior Library facilities, both for research and project work, and for their own wider reading.
Girls at Tormead normally take a maximum of ten subjects at GCSE level, including a compulsory core, which covers the essential subjects for most career areas:
As part of their core Sciences, girls can study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as three separate sciences, or learn a broad Science curriculum and be awarded two GCSEs of equal grade by studying GCSE Co-ordinated Science.
Girls then choose three or four further subjects (depending upon which Science option has been selected).
Where possible, girls are encouraged to choose their optional subjects from different areas of knowledge in order to maintain variety, breadth and balance within this stage of their education. The availability of individual subject choices depends upon the level of pupil demand and on timetabling considerations. Possible options include: