Explore our coherent and challenging curriculum for GCSEs, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, A levels and BTECs.

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The content is wide-ranging to represent the nature of the sector and has an applied basis underpinned by a rigorous theoretical backdrop. A large and varied range of facilities are used, both on and off the school site, with a range of sector leading experts supporting delivery of the course.
Gresham’s Art Department covers the whole spectrum of Art and Design, including Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Communication and Three-Dimensional Design.
Biology is the study of life. It ultimately provides us with an understanding of our own bodies and how they work, how life began and how it continues to sustain itself and the variety of interactions that occur between different organisms in the environment.
The Business Studies Department is a successful, innovative and popular department, with four groups in each year of the Sixth Form.
Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. It is called the central science, as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems.
Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more than a billion people making it the most widely spoken language in the world. It is spoken almost three times more than English as a first language. Gresham’s is the only school in Norfolk which offers Mandarin as part of the main curriculum for both A level and IB.
At Gresham’s, all pupils will study all three sciences at GCSE level, but there is a choice as to how this is achieved. The school offers GCSE Combined Science which amounts to two GCSEs (a double award GCSE in Combined Science), or separate Science GCSE which amounts to three individual Science GCSEs (in Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
At Gresham’s, Computer Science is an option at GCSE, A level and IB, and its study can open up a vast range of interesting and rewarding careers for young people.
Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) provides a counterbalance to the academic challenges of the Diploma. Its purpose is to encourage pupils to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work and so foster an awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic programme.
The BTEC enables pupils to manage and understand the principles of the studio, through real life briefs and projects. A practical qualification that offers an introduction to the music production sector through Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) and applied learning and extended projects.
Drama and the Performing Arts promote self-confidence; co-operation and inventiveness encouraging and supporting everyone to explore and appreciate their own ideas and creative freedom of expression.
Economics is a dynamic Social Science, forming part of the study of individuals and societies. The study of Economics is essentially about the concept of scarcity and the problem of resource allocation.
Perhaps the most famous of Old Greshamians is the great twentieth century poet W H Auden. With such a legacy, which also features John Bradburne and Stephen Spender, it is unsurprising that Gresham’s boasts a very strong English department and a vibrant literary culture.
IGCSE English as a Second Language is sat by many overseas ESL pupils in conjunction with English as a First Language. It should be chosen as an option subject. This course is topic based and aims to expose pupils to a significant amount of English to help them achieve well across the curriculum.
Through studying IB Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS), pupils will be provided with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, with an emphasis on sustainability; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.
Pupils who study Fine Art will develop skills that encourage innovation and a contemporary approach to the creation of art.
The French department is part of the Modern Languages department, situated in the Library block. French is a thriving subject with a substantial take up at GCSE, A level and within the IB diploma programme.
Geography encompasses such a broad range of skills and subject matter that it links to almost every decision you make. Developing your ability to understand social, political and environmental challenges is the core of the subject; the answers Geography provides will give you an understanding of how the world may look beyond your time at Gresham’s.
The aim of studying German is to encourage pupils to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of German should also broaden their horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world. The emphasis is on developing the practical skills required to communicate in the language; although a certain amount of grammar is covered, this is by no means onerous.
Pupils will explore all aspects of graphic communication from the design of typography through to digital animation and everything else in between.
History is a very popular discipline at Gresham’s. The History Department strives to create an active learning environment which enthuses and inspires whilst also serving to cultivate the fundamental and ultimately transferable skills of source analysis, evaluation of interpretations and the structuring of extended written work.
History of Art is a richly stimulating A level subject that is directly relevant in today’s proliferation of visual culture. The course explores the major periods of art history from antiquity to modernity and aims to understand works in their unique context and from a global perspective.
The Japanese department is part of the Modern Languages department, situated in the Library block. Japanese has been taught for the last 25 years at Gresham’s.
The Classics Department is part of the Languages Faculty, situated in the Library Block. Latin is a thriving subject with a strong take-up.
As a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subject, the Mathematics Department is situated in the Dyson Building. A good qualification in Mathematics provides evidence of logical thought processes and the ability to cope with statistical and analytical skills.
Our aim as a department is to provide high quality musical opportunities for all pupils, regardless of standard, and to broaden and develop their experiences in a range of genres and styles, from the traditional to the contemporary.
Pupils will have the opportunity to learn and develop skills in both digital and analogue photography.
Physics is one of the oldest and most fundamental of all sciences. It encompasses our understanding from the basic constituents of matter to the structure of the universe in which we live. From this standpoint, the aim of the Physics department is to maintain and nurture the interest of students and deliver the relevant syllabi.
A level Physical Education is an increasingly popular subject choice at Gresham’s. The PE department has been recently restructured and has grown to six members of staff in the last two years. The department strives to create an environment which inspires, challenges and raises academic aspirations through a combination of academic study and physical performance.
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Studying Psychology at Gresham’s can have a positive impact on pupils as they gain greater insight into their own behaviour, thoughts, feelings and attitudes. They are learning not just about a fascinating subject but also about themselves.
Religious Studies and Philosophy at Gresham’s are designed to challenge every pupil to reflect on the questions which make us human beings rather than just another animal.
The IB School supported Self-Taught A Literature is an additional option we may be able to offer to candidates who feel their strongest language (A Language) is their native language and who would like to explore the concepts of an A Literature course through literature in their native language.
The Spanish department is part of the Modern Languages department, situated in the Library block. Spanish is a thriving subject with a large number of pupils taking the subject at GCSE, A level and for the IB Diploma Programme.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport is intended to be an Applied qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sports sector.
Three Dimensional Design pupils will study the techniques used within contemporary design to generate ideas and then bring these ideas to fruition as fully functioning objects.