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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

The principles of equality of opportunity, tolerance and respect are at the heart of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. The school aims are to nurture well-rounded, fulfilled and happy individuals who are ready to engage with their world, live sustainable and rewarding lives and have the skills and resilience to meet any challenge. One aspect of achieving these aims is to provide a curriculum which is balanced, enjoyable, relevant and intellectually challenging.

The school prides itself on offering a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by a strong academic ethos that defines the school as a selective grammar school. Every effort is made to meet the needs of the individual and to promote and retain breadth of study.

We keep our curriculum under review mindful that it needs to be relevant to the world our students live in and that due regard is paid to national education policy.

At QEGS school is organised into three distinct Key Stages:

    • Key Stage 3 (Y7- 9)

    • Key Stage 4 (Y10-11)

    • Sixth Form (Y12-13)

KS3Pupils using computers

The curriculum is defined and structured in response to the National Curriculum (NC) with the addition of dual languages from Y7 and separate Sciences from Y8. Students are taught primarily in Form Groups in Y7, except in Technology where students are taught in smaller groups; Maths and English use a combination of banding and setting from Y8. In addition to the compulsory NC subjects, students study French and German (or Spanish in Y9), Religious Studies, Drama, Citizenship and P.H.S.E. (Personal, Health & Social Education).


The curriculum is defined by G.C.S.E. option choices which are studied alongside a Core entitlement. The majority of students take 10 G.C.S.E.s.

All students are required to study G.C.S.E.s in English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, at least two Sciences, a Modern Foreign Language and Humanities (Geography, History, R.S. or Business Studies).

Students then choose 2 further G.C.S.E. options. They are strongly encouraged to include an Arts (Music, Art, Drama or Media Studies) or Technology subject (Electronics, Product Design, Computer Science or Resistant Materials). Their final 2 options come from the following:

Art, Drama, Music, Media Studies, P.E., Business Studies, Geography, History, Religious Studies, German, French, Spanish, Electronics, Product Design, Computer Science and Resistant Materials.

Alongside their examined curriculum, students at QEGS will have P.E./Games, P.H.S.E., Careers, Citizenship and Religious Studies.

A differentiated curriculum is provided for students who would benefit from the additional time gained within a reduced G.C.S.E. study programme. Those who study for 2 science qualifications rather than the three separate sciences work towards the Level 2 Certificate in Personal Finance.

Sixth Form

Students entering the Lower Sixth (Y12) are expected to take 3 A Level subjects, though a minority will choose a 4 A Level programme. Alongside their A Level choices the students will follow an enrichment course. The enrichment choices are:


Lower Sixth (Y12)

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Finance

Level 3 Arts Leader Award

Level 3 Sports Leader Award

Young Enterprise


Upper Sixth (Y13)

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Finance

Extended Project Qualification

Work experience

Pre-teach qualification (through BGU)

Level 3 Sports Leader Award

Level 3 Arts Leader Award


In addition to their examination courses, Sixth Form students will have Personal Development lessons, PE/Games, Life Skills lessons and P.H.S.E.

There is a wide choice of A Level subjects:

Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Engineering, Drama, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, Geology, German, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Product Design, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish.


The Timetable

To provide for such a rich and varied curriculum, a two-week timetable is used consisting of 60 lessons (30 per week, 6 per day) each 50 minutes. Week 1 and Week 2 bear little similarity. At KS4 and Sixth Form, student choice drives the construction of option blocks which dictate the nature of the timetable itself.


Public Examinations

External examinations are set and administered by a number of companies (exam boards); the main ones in use at QEGS are: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and LiBF. External examinations are undertaken in the Summer Term, with the results reported in August.


The delivery of P.H.S.E. is augmented by a lesson once every fortnight. In these sessions students work in forms or as a year group and follow a special programme that includes delivery by outside speakers. In addition, the timetable may be collapsed for themed days or to accommodate conference-style curriculum events.

Subject Organisation

All subjects have a Subject Leader and all subjects belong to a Faculty with a Faculty Leader. Each Faculty has a Link Senior Leader and a Link Governor attached.


The Faculties:

Creative Arts: Art, Drama, Music.

English: English Language, English Literature, Media.

Humanities: Business Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Religious Studies.

Mathematics: Mathematics, Further Mathematics.

M.F.L.: French, German, Spanish.

Physical Education: P.E., Games.

Science: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics.

Technology: Computer Science, Electronic Products, Food & Nutrition, Product Design, Resistant Materials.