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Academic

The Susi Earnshaw Theatre school encourages and supports each pupil in achieving their full academic potential. Our excellent teachers, small classes and holistic approach is what enables our pupils to focus and succeed. We aim to prepare all students for a happy and fruitful future whether this may be pursing academia alongside their vocational training or a sole academic pathway.

In the last two years students have received excellent GCSE pass rates, with pupils gaining a 100% GCSE pass rate at grades 4-9 in Maths, Science, English Literature, English Language, Business studies and high grades in all vocational exams.

Many of our graduates have gone on to study academic subjects such as Law, Psychology, English, Physics, Marine Biology and Forensic Science.

Mathematics

We aim to inspire and engage pupils in every maths lesson. Through small classes, we hope to identify and address the individual needs of pupils and promote self confidence in mathematics when analysing and solving problems in both school and everyday life situations. Our classes will teach students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Science


Science is the intellectual and practical activity, encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. All pupils develop a zest for science and are encouraged to explore the effect it has in their everyday lives. Many of our pupils have developed a passion for science during their time at our school. Through practical, theory and discussion, our teachers have found engaging and exciting ways to create an overall enthusiasm for learning. All pupils are encouraged to explore the impact that humans have on science and how science explains the world around us. Each subject uses laboratory, classroom and technology activities to illustrate the nature of science and how scientific knowledge evolves.

English

English classes aim to spark curiosity and stimulate the imagination. Through written and verbal self-expression, students are encouraged to develop their creative, persuasive, critical, analytical and evaluative skills as they discover and study various gems of English literature, (within their socio-historical contexts), as well as reading, responding to and writing factual and informative texts. Drama-focused activities are used wherever appropriate to immerse and engage students in the literature texts, whilst handouts, exercises and games are used to broaden vocabulary, consolidate learning and bring as much joy as possible to the rather wonderful activity that is reading.

Business

Business gives the students the opportunity to explore real business issues and how businesses work. Classes provide the opportunity for students to explore theories and concepts, through the context of events in the business and economic world. Modules also give students an understanding of what it means to be self-employed and examine the pros and cons of starting your own business.

French

Our classes aim to ignite passion, a love for learning and develop student’s confidence in their ability to speak and learn French. Through reading, speaking, and listening tasks, our lessons enable students to communicate in French at a basic level in everyday life situations. Teachers use creative learning techniques such as music, drama, rhymes, and games to increase pupil engagement and develop speaking and listening skills. French remains one of the most popular languages in the world spoken by more than 220 million people across the globe.

Humanities

Humanities classes are taught standalone and cross curricular through Literature, Drama, Art, Music, Dance, Science and Life skills.

Our History component covers an array of historic occurrences with a particular focus on how the past has shaped Britain and important world events. Classes aim to provide pupils with an inspirational space where they can acquire an appetite for learning and develop research, analytical and evaluative skills. Former projects include the research and development of our production on WW1 (performed at the RAF museum in Hendon), an entertaining and informative performance on the Entertainment National Service Association (ENSA- an organisation which provided entertainment for British armed forces during WW2) and an old time musical performance. Previous class assignments have focused on Human Rights and the Civil Rights movement, the Magna Carta, Slavery and the Emancipation of Proclamation. To ensure a well-rounded education, our school works closely with a variety of outside educational establishments. This year, pupils will work with Barnet museum to devise and perform an informative show for the wider community on the Battle of Barnet.

Geography classes aim to ignite pupils with a passion and curiosity for humanity and the world. Lessons include the study of both human and physical geography, knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments. Students develop an understanding of the structure of the Earth; how environments have shaped human life and how humans have shaped environments. They will also develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places. Using simple fieldwork and observational skills, pupils will study the geography of our school, its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

GCSEs

Pupils have the opportunity to study the following:

GCSE Subjects offered: English; Maths; Science (double award); English Literature; Business; Dance. Drama.

Vocational Exams offered:

ABRSM music theory (up to grade 5 – GCSE equivalent)

LAMDA speech and drama (up to grade 8 – A level equivalent)

LAMDA Musical Theatre (up to grade 8 – A level equivalent)

Life Skills

We aim to equip our pupils with the knowledge they need to lead safe, healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. Our Life skills scheme of work encompasses a variety of topics which are taught as a weekly class, as well as in tutor group and cross curricular. Students will develop key skills such as assertiveness, saying no, seeking help and staying safe. Pupils learn valuable information through class debate and discussion, group work, news articles and other relevant media forms. Questioning plays a vital role in Life Skills lessons where pupils are encouraged to explore, enquire, and explain misconceptions and opinions against real facts.

Topics include: Careers, Healthy eating, Health Education, RSE, Bullying, Staying Safe online and British Identity and Values.

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