Pupils at The Hammond School in Chester, Cheshire

Academic
11 - 16 Years

Academic > 11 - 16 Years

At The Hammond, students are encouraged to see academic studies as a preparation for all aspects of adult life, including a career in the Performing Arts. We want students to make the most of their talents and we actively support them to reach their goals. Not only do they achieve excellent academic success, but students also learn to confidently take their place in the wider world.

In our Lower School, we encourage students to develop and flourish in a happy and supportive learning environment. Academic, music, drama and dance entrants all study the full range of academic subjects together and benefit from the interests and skills of their peers. There is a rich cultural tradition here at The Hammond and music, drama and dance all play a significant part in the life of the school.

Our academic curriculum and teaching methods are designed to suit the wide range of learning styles. Where possible, The Hammond accommodates students with specific learning disabilities. We work closely with parents and guardians to ensure specific needs are met.

Most of our students in the Lower School take nine GCSEs, with many achieving the highest grades. Our results are consistently amongst the top schools in Cheshire.
Many opportunities are given to students to enjoy experiences outside the curriculum, to work with each other and within the community. We believe this approach encourages our students to grow into confident, enquiring young adults. We offer a wide range of activities, including field trips, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, theatre outings and an annual outward-bound trip to Anglesey. Many students take advantage of the wide range of additional opportunities in music, which are readily available here.

Parents and guardians receive two reports a year and have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress at an annual Parents’ Evening. They are welcome to contact the school at any time to discuss their child’s progress. We understand the importance of a strong partnership with parents and we encourage an active Parent Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA), which regularly organises school and fundraising events. We also nurture links with the community in a variety of ways. The school is involved in raising money for local, national and international charities, and visitors from such organisations come to the school to speak about a range of issues.

Academic Curriculum

  • Full academic curriculum in Key Stages 3 & 4
  • Supporting studies include Careers, Health & Citizenship (through PSHE) and PE (except for dance students)
  • Up to 9 GSCEs can be achieved in Key Stage 4
  • Drama and music as GCSE options
  • Learning Support is available with an experienced and qualified LS teacher

2018 GCSE options

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Business Studies
  • French
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • Information & Communication Technology/Computing
Drama
Dance
Music
Musical Theatre
Academic
Prep School