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Academic work is central to Uppingham’s goal of nurturing the whole person. Pupils are encouraged to develop intellectual curiosity, to question received wisdoms, to think deeply and engage with serious subjects across a range of academic disciplines, and to articulate their own thoughts.
The increasing accessibility of information means that educators have a more important role than ever teaching the traditional skills of evaluation, discernment and analysis. The best possible grades at GCSE and A level/Pre-U will pave the way for successful applications to university, but a thirst for understanding and a rigorous approach to study developed at school will be more important in the long term.
The School prides itself on its high-quality pastoral care, and this includes enabling academic excellence and achievement. Highly qualified teachers give extensive support in the relaxed and open environment of a genuinely seven-day-a-week boarding school.
Our classroom curriculum is challenging, and so we insist on a certain level of academic ability in the pupils we admit. In that context we offer pupils a broad range of opportunities, and the emphasis is on identifying and bringing out the strengths of all pupils, in whatever field they may shine.
Our first year (Fourth Form) curriculum contains very few options, so that pupils can experience the full range of subjects available. In the second and third years (Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth) all pupils take the traditional core subjects – English, Mathematics, Sciences, at least one modern foreign language – alongside their chosen options. In the Sixth Form we offer an unusually wide range of 26 A level or Pre-U subjects, allowing pupils to opt for specialised or broader combinations. We aim, as far as possible, to give pupils complete freedom in their choice of subjects at this level. Research projects enable Sixth Formers to pursue their own particular interests in even greater depth.
Full details of the Fourth Form, GCSE and A level curriculums can be found in the accompanying guides, by following the links below.
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