GCSE Courses start in Year 9

Upper School pupils are prepared for the final stage of school life at Tower College. Parents’ Evenings ensure parents are fully informed of their child’s progress and likely GCSE grade. Everyone is aware of the GCSE examinations and time is spent on careers’ advice, revision techniques and interview practice.

Mrs Davies, our Careers’ advisor helps pupils make informed choices about sixth form / college education and future career aspirations. We are very proud of the caring, young adults who leave Tower College with the best academic results they can achieve.


Staff members lead assemblies. Pupil participation includes acting, reading and providing illustrations. Assemblies are of a Christian nature with emphasis placed on the relevance to the lives of children today. Visiting speakers from churches, charities and various bodies are invited to involve the children in charity work and other activities. Assembly is also a time for acknowledging achievements and presenting awards in academic work, sports successes, music performances and citizenship activities.

Upper School Curriculum

Upper School pupils  study compulsory subjects giving them essential skills as well as 6th form entry. Accompanying these are the pupils’ option subjects which allow them to play to their strengths and interests.

We continue to encourage artistic appreciation and skills through study of a range of artistic themes and pupils develop a portfolio that covers four assessment objectives and includes a sustained project evidenced from initial engagement to realisation.

Theoretical and practical study is combined with mathematical methods in the study of topics such as atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure and properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, energy and chemical changes and organic chemistry.

English Language – Pupils study formal and creative writing skills as well as advanced comprehension techniques.

English Literature – Pupils study a wide range of examination texts including Shakespeare, Steinbeck, JB Priestly and a number of poets.

Our focus is on specific areas of history relating to the exam board requirements including Elizabethan England, World War II, The USA in the 20th Century and Health and the British people through time. There is now a stronger focus on the ability to read, understand, write and converse, with further cultural appreciation.

Pupils build performance, leadership and team working skills as well as study related areas of science including applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, health, fitness and wellbeing, sport psychology and socio-cultural influences.

We continue to help pupils develop morally and socially with a focus on the study of religion from different perspectives, encouraging pupils to learn from the cultural, theological, philosophical and ethical aspects.

Our focus is on developing theoretical and practical understanding of topics such as cell biology, infection and response, bioenergetics, ecology, inheritance, variation and evolution and homoeostasis.

Life without computers is now unimaginable with nearly every aspect of life relying on technology. In Computer Science, pupils study computational thinking, theory, programming and aspects of software development.

Pupils study human and physical Geography including urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and resource management.

Fieldwork is included as part of the GCSE programme.

The emphasis is on mastering problem-solving, reasoning and fluency in mathematical methods and more in-depth study of areas such as algebra and geometry.

On this demanding course, pupils will study theoretical and practical topics relating to areas such as energy, electricity, atomic structure, forces, magnetism and space.

Upper School Enrichment

Sports, Social & Creative Skills

Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme to Bronze Standard for Year 10 and 11 pupils
Public Speaking Competitions throughout Autumn and Spring Terms for Year 11 pupils
Model UN meetings for Year 9-11 pupils
Rugby – our talented PE staff run sessions to teach rugby ski
Netball Awards for Year 9-11 pupils during the Autumn Term
ISA competitions: Netball, Football, Cross-Country, Swimming and Athletics
School Band – the band rehearse every week and perform regularly
Ski Trip – to Claviere, Italy December (extra charges apply)
1-1 Music Tuition – Learn to play an instrument (extra charge)
Athletics – throwing skills for Years 9-11 during the Summer Term
GCSE Booster Sessions in most subjects (Year 11 pupils)
Board Games – Take time out to play traditional board games during the Autumn Term
Tower Towies – debating topical social and moral issues
House Music Festival – takes place during the Spring Term