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Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Every subject has its core curriculum, covered expertly by teacher and thoroughly by girl. But there is so much more to the learning journey. Girls explore beyond the syllabus, find a passion in their study, are brave in embracing new academic challenges and learn to question rather than accept received wisdom. Whilst girls are encouraged to own their learning, personalised attention is tailored in all cases to ensure progress. Our aim is that girls will become sophisticated, independent thinkers and develop into lifelong learners.

A
LOVE
OF
LEARNING

A love of learning

Balanced
Our broad curriculum provides continuity and progression, fostering moral, cultural, aesthetic and physical development. The wide range of subjects studied encourages appreciation of different ways of thinking and development of multiple approaches to learning.
United
Teacher and Student Learning Communities work together to consider recent developments in how students learn. Our forward-thinking and supportive professional development programme ensures that teachers are reflective practitioners.
Blended
We are a 1:1 iPad school where innovations in technology are embraced alongside more traditional methods of teaching. Our well-resourced library maintains its popularity as a both an online and offline source of information.
Progress
Only when girls are happy and secure can meaningful and productive learning take place; we are committed to monitoring and supporting each girl’s learning and development as she progresses through the school. Careers advice and guidance about subject choices, higher education courses and the world of work are crucial in this process.

Learning in and beyond the classroom

SCIENCE NIGHTCLUB

Science nightclub, part of Science week, is an action packed, overnight stay for Year 8 girls in a lab featuring activities such as dusting for fingerprints, making drawings using led lights as well as the opportunity to see, handle and learn more about a wide variety of exotic creatures. The rest of Science Week sees a range of events take place including workshops from educational specialists such as the Science Museum, biology dissections, the physics of flight as well as external speakers, our in-house egg hatching and the annual House challenge.

BOOK SPEED DATING

This event is just one of many designed to pique interest and engage girls with literacy. The House Readathon, encouraging the reader to dip their toe into a range of new genres, Literacy week and a range of author visits, most recently including Sophia Bennett and Mo O’Hara.

MANDARIN CALLIGRAPHY

Mandarin calligraphy, learning Spanish through Flamenco dancing, Sixth Form languages café, churros making, spelling bees are just some of the events and activities that make up Languages Week. Girls immerse themselves (more than usual) in all things languages.

Cryptography

The Alan Turing Cryptography competition attracts interest from a variety of girls in the Lower School and they are wholeheartedly supported by the Mathematics department. Opportunities beyond the norm are a key aspect of G&L Mathematics and there is something for everybody.

Science nightclub was just one of many events in G&L's most exciting Science week yet. Scroll for more...
Science nightclub sees year 8 girls learning more about exotic creatures amongst as they stay overnight in a science lab!.
Engaging and interactive activities from the Science Museum roadshow.
From egg to chick; get to observe the very beginning of life.
Book Speed Dating was just one of many events in a fun focus on literacy during the summer term, 2016.
Inspiring speakers, quizzes and house activities all had a distinct literacy theme.
Feverishly reading hundreds of titles outside of their usual go-to books, girls got their teeth into a variety of genres in the house readathon.
Mandarin calligraphy was just one of the events on offer in Languages week, which gives girls the opportunity to explore and enjoy aspects of language learning.
Learn a new langauge from a friend, in the Languages Cafe.
The German Spelling Bee was great a fun way of practising vocab.
Learning Spanish through Flamenco dancing all rolled into one lesson!
Sixth Form presentation entitled 'Viva L'Italia

Cryptography

The Alan Turing Cryptography competition attracts interest from a variety of girls in the Lower School and they are wholeheartedly supported by the Mathematics department. Opportunities beyond the norm are a key aspect of G&L Mathematics and there is something for everybody.

As well as the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition The Mathematics department also run a half termly puzzle competition for girls in Year 7 and 8. The inter-school Hans Woyda competition not only gives the selected team of girls an opportunity to pit their wits against external opposition but also gives the department an opportunity to offer sessions on extended Mathematics to a greater range of girls who are interested. The House Mathematics competition in the summer term is a different way of engaging with Mathematics outside of the classroom, not to mention the national challenges and Olympiads that can be tried.

 

ROBOTICS CLUB

Where the technology is of benefit to a girls progress and learning then it definitely has value, our 1:1 iPad programme a clear example of this. The latest technology assists musical composition, 3D pens allow girls a new perspective and programming robots through computer code becomes second nature. Gaining new skills using technology is also important; Year 9 do exactly this in a day off timetable learning the basics (and intricacies) of iMovie in their media production day.

Marble run challenge

Skills for learning can often be developed in ways beyond individual subjects. Constructing a marble run, amongst other objects, proved an interesting exercise for the girls in Year 7, whilst building an advertising campaign or directing and producing a film are activities for other year groups designed to help girls be creative in solving problems.

UNDISCOVERED SUBJECTS TASTER DAY

The Undiscovered Subjects Taster Day is an event organised and hosted by G&L for Year 11 and Lower Sixth students across London to find out more about new university subjects. This is just one of a variety of events, programmes and activities that the forward thinking Higher Education department provide. Click here to see more

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Both student and teacher learning communities are a great step forward in thinking about learning, and therefore teaching. Involving the girls in this process is absolutely crucial and it gives a different dimension for the girls involved.

Girls programming in Robotics CLub
Compostion in music using the latest technology.
Year 9 Media Production Day introducing girls to a range of new skills
3D Printer in action
A further taste of Robotics Club.
Build a marble run; the year 7 girls developed their construction skills in an engineering based day off timetable.
Learning to plan a marketing campaign saw girls in Year 8 learn a range of new skills.
Girls developing creative presentation skills at Year 9 Careers Day

UNDISCOVERED SUBJECTS TASTER DAY

The Undiscovered Subjects Taster Day is an event organised and hosted by G&L for Year 11 and Lower Sixth students across London to find out more about new university subjects. This is just one of a variety of events, programmes and activities that the forward thinking Higher Education department provide. Click here to see more

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Both student and teacher learning communities are a great step forward in thinking about learning, and therefore teaching. Involving the girls in this process is absolutely crucial and it gives a different dimension for the girls involved.

Student learning community

The Student Learning Community comprises of a group of Sixth Form girls who work with teachers to consider what best helps the individual learn. The group is looking at how both digital and traditional teaching methods can help learning as well as considering new cognitive science research on student learning. 

 

Teacher learning communities

Teacher Learning Communities have been set up to encourage evidence-based teaching practice throughout the school.  Each TLC provides support to teachers in improving their practice, whatever their level of experience, and a forum for discussing assessment, teaching for learning and thinking skills.

"Successful individuals love learning, seek challenges,
value effort and persist in the face of obstacles"

Approaches to learning

Communication between teacher and learner is at the heart of our approach and we have developed a structured, yet highly informative, platform for all girls to develop understanding of how progress can be achieved.

Learning
habits

The Learning habits increase girls’ understanding of how they learn helping them take greater responsibility for their own learning and give clear direction when discussing how to improve.

COLLABORATION
Able to work effectively with others as well as individually
Listening
Demonstrates an open-minded approach to all aspects of learning
Perserverance
Willing to try a different approach if the first attempt fails
Responsible risk-taking
More willing to attempt things that are unfamiliar
creative thinking
Look for opportunities to invent and innovate
Engagement
Demonstrates intellectual curiosity and is keen to explore topics
resilience
Respond positively and constructively to setbacks and challenges
rigour
Take sufficient time to consider answers to questions/contributions to discussion

Qualities
of a G&L
learner

Through the process of learning, our aim is that every girl should be:

Inquisitive
Developing a natural curiosity and love of learning
Knowledgeable
Exploring concepts and issues of local and global significance
Expressive
Communicating information confidently and creatively
Principled
Acting with integrity and academic honesty
Responsible
Taking a personal lead in learning
respectful
Showing care and interest in the approach of others
reflective
Considering previous learning to inform the future
Digital Learning

Technology can amplify great teaching but cannot replace it; we aim to embrace the opportunities that innovations in technology present so that they enhance teaching and learning rather than disrupt it.

Working with iPads provides opportunities for girls to interact with their peers and teachers, to collaborate, create and reflect in ways that simply are not possible without the technology. We support a blended learning approach where technology is used alongside more traditional teaching methods.

Digital Learning at G&L

Engagement

Quizzing apps allow all students to give an immediate response therefore increasing interactivity between the teacher and the class and generating valuable discussion.

 

Collaboration

G Suite for Education allows for easy collaboration, within small groups, as a class or a whole school.

Beyond the classroom

Our digital infrastructure allows girls to access up to date information, anytime, anywhere. Digital communication allows a more fluid flow of work between a girl and her teacher.

Creativity

With iPads girls can be more innovative with how they present information, allowing deeper engagement with the material. Screen-casts can incorporate voice overs, photos and videos for more in depth explanation, reflections and analysis.  

Independence

Structured research is encouraged and girls are given advice on effective searching and how to evaluate their sources of information.

Digital Leaders

Our team of Student Digital Leaders take responsibility for liaising between students and teachers to promote and support effective and efficient use of the iPads.  

"Intelligence is what you use when
you don't know what to do."

The IB at G&L

Internationally Minded

The IB Diploma is an international and globally recognised qualification, offered at Godolphin and Latymer since 1995. Independent of governmental control, it furthers key approaches to learning and teaching which we already foster in years 7 to 11. Holistic and coherent, with a learner profile which is consistent across all subjects, it encapsulates our school mission to develop in our girls’ shared values, especially international mindedness, and a wide range of transferable and enduring skills. IB students achieve academic depth and breadth through the 3 Higher level and 3 Standard level subjects they have elected to study.

The Core elements of the IBDP are the Extended Essay, CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) and Theory of Knowledge. These are pursued by all IB students through and beyond our sixth form enrichment programme; they complement and enhance girls’ experience of their chosen subjects, heightening their thinking, critical, reflective and research skills as well as sensitivity to global issues, empowering them to step out with confidence into the world beyond school.

The IB

The Aim of the IB

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

 

What is an IB education?

The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Internationally Minded

Considering the global community is at the heart of the IB; not least, a student must study at least two languages including English. However, an inquisitive nature to gain further understanding of cultures, including their own, is also core to the total approach an IB student must have.

A Global Community

Learning Without Boarders

 

IB and Higher Education

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, (aged 16 to 19), for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address students intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being. The programme, is recognised and respected by world’s leading universities.

The IB and Higher Education

A Strong Predictor of University Success

The Extended Essay

The EE is an exciting academic challenge involving independent research on a topic of the student's choice in consultation with a subject-expert supervisor. Together with Theory of Knowledge it constitutes the core points of the IB Diploma. A 4000 word paper, this extended investigation helps to develop strong organisational skills and intellectual confidence. It is the closest first-hand practical experience of a university-style assignment that sixth form students are likely to encounter, and provides a wonderful head-start to IB students' undergraduate years.

Theory of Knowledge

The Theory of Knowledge course (ToK) is a holistic approach to thinking. Through stimulating group activities and discussions it teaches students HOW to think and allows for a cross-disciplinary and pluri-dimensional understanding of what knowledge is and how we know things to be true or not. The thinking skills developed in ToK are universal and can be applied to all six subjects studied as part of the IB course and beyond. The picture above is from the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, which forms part of the ToK away day for Lower Sixth IB girls.

Creativity, Action, Service

CAS forms part of the core of the IB Diploma. It is about embodying the IB ethos and learner profile through what you challenge yourself to do out of the classroom.The CAS programme asks you to take part in creative, physical and service activities, through which you will gain new experiences and skills, contribute to your community and help others. As well as taking part in activities – all of which you choose, the CAS programme is completely unique to each individual - you will reflect on these activities to really think about what you’ve learnt from them. The image above is of the G & L CASathlon!

Curriculum
Curriculum
Download the programme

The range of subjects offered is extensive and a brief overview of each departments’ approach is offered below, along with some of the opportunities where appropriate.

Greater depth and insight can be gleaned in the curriculum booklets for life at GCSE or in the Sixth Form.

Girls develop and individual approach to learning, guided by their tutors and a programme of support for study skills.  In addition the individual learning department provides specialist help to those with specific learning differences.  Aspirations are high for every girl.

Lower school
Middle school

Art
Biology
Chemistry
Drama
English
French
German
History
ICT*
Latin
Mandarin*
Mathematics
Music
Physical Education
Physics
PSHE
Religious Studies
Spanish
Technology

*Year 7 & 8 only

In Year 7 all girls study Mandarin and one European language chosen from French, Spanish and German. In Year 8 girls may either continue with both Year 7 languages (Mandarin + European language), or choose a second European language (French, German or Spanish) to study alongside their Year 7 European language. The latter option means they would no longer study Mandarin.

In Year 9 girls may either study Gratin (Greek with Latin), Latin or Classical Civilisation.

THE CORE CURRICULUM
ALL GIRLS study:

English
English Literature
Mathematics
Triple Award Science
(Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
A Modern Foreign Language
(French, German, Spanish, Italian or Mandarin)

THE CHOICE CURRICULUM
They then choose three subjects from the following list:

Classical Civilisation
Computer Science
Geography
History
Religious Studies
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Mandarin
Clasical Greek
Latin
Art
Food Preparation & Nutrition
Design Technology: Resistant Materials
Music
Drama
Physical Education

Subjects

ART & DESIGN

As a department we offer innovative teaching that, while providing exemplar core skills to girls of all years and abilities, also allows for strong individual creativity. With that in mind, girls are given freedom of imagination and, despite a strong focus on technical aptitude we will alway endeavour to accommodate each pupil’s individuality and creative preference.

BIOLOGY

Our aim is to enable the girls to become competent, confident and independent biologists with a genuine interest in the living world.  We strive to develop the understanding of life processes and living organisms by encouraging girls to view the world around them curiously and critically.  We stress the relevance of Biology in today’s society and the importance of a working knowledge of biological processes. We challenge the girls to ask ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ and by doing so we aim to foster a lifelong interest.

 

CHEMISTRY

Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves Chemistry; girls will develop the ability to understand the world around them using their accrued chemical knowledge.  The challenge of explaining experimental results using theoretical models develops both resilience and creative thinking whilst the colours, bangs, flames and smells of practical work are exciting and inspiring.

 

CLASSICS

The study of Latin and Ancient Greek unlocks not only the language and literature of two ancient cultures but also enables us to appreciate our own, from the Indo-European roots of English to the power of tragedy. Throughout the school girls develop analytical skills through rigorous linguistic work, aim to be persuasive as Cicero and most importantly explore a world so familiar yet remote.

Classical Civilisation and Ancient History enable students to uncover and construct their own picture of the past by examining primary sources from the ancient world ranging from grave inscriptions to heroic poetry. Whether by taking on the role of an archaeologist in the lower school or by debating ancient literature as sixth-formers, students are constantly challenging each other and making connections which reveal the continuing influence of the Greeks and Romans on our modern world.

There really is something for everyone in Classics

Art and Design
Lower School Exhibition. Paper specimen.
Lower School Exhibition. Cloth printed painting.
Lower School Exhibition. Ceramic Plate Design.
Lower School Exhibition Inspired by horticultural and requiring students to be inventive with materials.
IB Visual Arts. Observed Drawing.
IB Visual Arts. Observed Drawing.
IB Visual Arts. Found objects create a sculptural form.
IB Visual Arts. A sculptural form which requires the viewer to interact.
GCSE Art and Design. Relief-Print.
GCSE Art and Design. Marrying Relief-Printmaking with Oil paint.
GCSE Art and Design. Large-Scale oil painted study.
GCSE Art and Design. A large-scale study Marrying photographic processing with oil painting.
A Level Fine Art. Self-Portrait Painting using Oil on Wood.
A Level Fine Art. Large-Scale Urban Landscape Illustration.
A level Fine Art. Fast-Pace Self-Portrait Study in Charcoal.
A Level Fine Art Exhibition Private View. A Drawing Device which Explores the abstract tendencies of pure mathematics.

BIOLOGY

Our aim is to enable the girls to become competent, confident and independent biologists with a genuine interest in the living world.  We strive to develop the understanding of life processes and living organisms by encouraging girls to view the world around them curiously and critically.  We stress the relevance of Biology in today’s society and the importance of a working knowledge of biological processes. We challenge the girls to ask ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ and by doing so we aim to foster a lifelong interest.

 

Visits and field trips

The Wetlands Centre and London Zoo provide stimulation for the Year 7 and 8 girls, whilst those in the Sixth Form, IB or A level, head to field study centres.

 

Extra-curricular

Meeting fortnightly, the dissection club is open to all ages, whilst the biomed society attracts those more senior looking at careers using Biology. There is also a Sixth Form led magazine, Dr Dolphin, with articles relating to biological and biomedical sciences. A variety of National Biology challenges are also on offer for girls to enter.

 

CHEMISTRY

Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves Chemistry; girls will develop the ability to understand the world around them using their accrued chemical knowledge.  The challenge of explaining experimental results using theoretical models develops both resilience and creative thinking whilst the colours, bangs, flames and smells of practical work are exciting and inspiring.

 

Sixth Form extension opportunities

Those who have an interest in Chemistry beyond the syllabus have the opportunity to enter the Cambridge Chemistry challenge and the UK Chemistry Olympiad.

 

Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry

A one-day fun event held at a London university where a team of girls from Year 8 compete through the completion of practical work. 

Classics
Latin & Ancient Greek
Classical Civilisation & Ancient History
Year 9 Saturnalia celebration where girls hone their acting skills.
Ancient World Breakfast Club allows Sixth Form girls to listen to some of the most eminent Classicists.
Year 8 Latin trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace where they learn archaeological skills.
Latin Reading Competitions for Years 7 and 8, where Year 8 finalists go on to an external competition.
Year 10 at the National gallery exploring Classical myths in renaissance art.
COMPUTING

Computer Science is a problem-solving subject, the ultimate goal is for the girls to be able to design and code solutions in a variety of programming languages to solve real-world problems. Our curriculum is grounded in a rigorous way introducing theory such as binary, logic gates and algorithms to years 7 and 8 including an emphasis on practical work using a variety of tools to program in Scratch through to Python as well as some Robotics.  This gives girls a strong foundation from which to progress to GCSE computer science and beyond the curriculum.

DRAMA

Our aim is for girls to understand the benefits of collaboration. In the Lower School, girls work in groups to explore many social, cultural and historical contexts through the medium of Drama. Through practical work in Drama at all levels, the girls learn to appreciate different perspectives, to self reflect, and to observe the world around them with an inquiring mind.

 

ECONOMICS

We aim for girls to develop an interest in, and an understanding of, factors contributing to the performance of economies. Principles are addressed critically so that girls develop an understanding of the power and the limitations of models. Economics as a human science takes social, political, and philosophical considerations as central to understanding what causes ‘things’, and in the design of appropriate policies.

 

ENGLISH

The task of the English department is to ensure that girls are filled with confidence and delight in their encounters with English literature and the English language. We stretch and challenge girls to develop their speaking, reading and writing well beyond the requirements of the syllabus, both in the classroom and in our wide range of extra-curricular activities. As one student said at the end of her time at the school: ‘I have learnt to think in ways I never thought possible.’

 

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Computing

Computer Science is a problem-solving subject, the ultimate goal is for the girls to be able to design and code solutions in a variety of programming languages to solve real-world problems. Our curriculum is grounded in a rigorous way introducing theory such as binary, logic gates and algorithms to years 7 and 8 including an emphasis on practical work using a variety of tools to program in Scratch through to Python as well as some Robotics.  This gives girls a strong foundation from which to progress to GCSE computer science and beyond the curriculum.

Computing competitions

Girls have the opportunity to enter the University of Oxford’s annual Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge which involves solving problems using computational thinking skills.

Computing club

Weekly club focusing on robotics, which involves making and programming a Raspberry GoPiGo and Lego, where girls enter the First Lego League competition with our own robot.  The programming topics extends to Greenfoot Java and JavaScript.

 

Logo Programming

Year 7 girls create colourful designs in their computing lessons using Logo - a computer programming language which can be used to control devices. In this case, the girls create programs containing a variety of commands in order to move a turtle around the screen to produce graphic line drawings.

Logo not only introduces the girls to basic programming concepts, but the codes they create also have the core elements required in traditional programming.

DRAMA

Our aim is for girls to understand the benefits of collaboration. In the Lower School, girls work in groups to explore many social, cultural and historical contexts through the medium of Drama. Through practical work in Drama at all levels, the girls learn to appreciate different perspectives, to self reflect, and to observe the world around them with an inquiring mind.

 

Year 7 Christmas production

All Year 7 form groups work towards a Christmas production which is performed to parents. Every girl has a part to play in this home written performance.

Examination performances

GCSE, A level and IB examination classes perform devised pieces to small audiences before the examination

Extra curricular

Opportunities are in abundance. Click through to the Beyond the Classroom page to find out more.

 

 

ECONOMICS

We aim for girls to develop an interest in, and an understanding of, factors contributing to the performance of economies. Principles are addressed critically so that girls develop an understanding of the power and the limitations of models. Economics as a human science takes social, political, and philosophical considerations as central to understanding what causes ‘things’, and in the design of appropriate policies.

 

Opportunities beyond the syllabus:

 

Bank of England Competition

London School of Economics essay competition

Public lectures at the LSE

In house young enterprise scheme

ENGLISH

The task of the English department is to ensure that girls are filled with confidence and delight in their encounters with English literature and the English language. We stretch and challenge girls to develop their speaking, reading and writing well beyond the requirements of the syllabus, both in the classroom and in our wide range of extra-curricular activities. As one student said at the end of her time at the school: ‘I have learnt to think in ways I never thought possible.’

 

Beyond the curriculum girls can try:

 

Lit Soc - aimed at Sixth Form

Writers' club - one for juniors and one for seniors

Writers of the future - a mentoring programme for creative writers

Theatre - opportunities for every year group exist to engage with live theatre.

Debate - an inclusive and expansive programme from Year 7 upwards. Click here for more.

GEOGRAPHY

Our primary aim for the girls is to stimulate an interest in places and to help girls make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Through theory and field work, we work with the girls to understand how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies and societies are connected.

Government & Politics

Those studying Government and Politics will explore the mechanics and ideologies of both UK and US Politics, examining, for instance, tensions within Constitutional law, and the challenges presented by Human Rights and Civil Liberties. Fundamental aspects of contemporary political thought will also be considered, with subjects such as Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism, and anarchism forming an important part of the course.

HISTORY

Everything, and everyone, has a history. In our courses of study, in the Lower School, at IGCSE, and in the Sixth Form, we aim to capture the immense diversity of the subject. That means studying processes and individuals from a broad range of chronological, geographical, and demographic contexts, with the aim that, amongst such a wealth of material, our Godolphin historians will find and nurture their own academic interests.

HISTORY OF ART

Through discussion, study and live observation we encourage girls to explore, analyse, interpret and develop opinions about global art from across time. Our learning journey with the girls, very much a collaborative approach, looks to develop the fundamental skill of visual analysis to decode imagery and objects, and grasp the relationship between materials, techniques and styles. From such a foundation, girls can start to gain insight into both the complex identities of the individuals who create art, and the social, political and economic function of art within specific cultural contexts.

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Geography

Our primary aim for the girls is to stimulate an interest in places and to help girls make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Through theory and field work, we work with the girls to understand how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies and societies are connected.

 

Clubs and societies

Geography Society is a  weekly lunchtime club run by the Sixth Form who present on a range of topics. The Worldwise club a weekly lunchtime club run by middle school geographers with a focus on Geography trivia.

 

Sixth form visits

The Sixth Form geographers all participate in the field trip to Blencathra in the Lake District where girls collect data about glaciation and rural settlements. An additional and optional residential visit to Iceland gives girls the opportunity to see glaciers and volcanoes in the land of fire and ice.

 

Margam National Park

A residential visit for Year 10 girls during which they collect data about rivers, sand dunes, farming and urban  Geography.

 

Walton-on-the-Naze

In summer term, the girls in Year 9 evaluate coastal management strategies along a retreating coastline in Essex.

 

Burnham Beeches

In the autumn term, the girls in Year 8 examine the deciduous woodland ecosystem of Burnham Beeches.

 

Stratford

Year 7 assess the sustainability of urban regeneration projects with fieldwork into the Olympic redevelopment of Stratford.

 

Aspect magazine

Aspect magazine is a termly magazine focused on Geography content written, produced and edited by Sixth Form girls. Click here for the latest edition.

Government & Politics

Those studying Government and Politics will explore the mechanics and ideologies of both UK and US Politics, examining, for instance, tensions within Constitutional law, and the challenges presented by Human Rights and Civil Liberties. Fundamental aspects of contemporary political thought will also be considered, with subjects such as Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism, and anarchism forming an important part of the course.

There are a variety of opportunities beyond the classroom related to Government and Politics. A trip to Parliament and the National Portrait Gallery (to examine the collection of political portraiture there) is an effective means of placing the theoretical study of the subject in its real-life context. Furthermore, the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Forum offers a twice-half-termly opportunity for students to discuss and debate a diverse range of contemporary issues and concerns from an interdisciplinary perspective. The girl-run Current Affairs Society also presents a lively discussion forum.

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History

Everything, and everyone, has a history. In our courses of study, in the Lower School, at IGCSE, and in the Sixth Form, we aim to capture the immense diversity of the subject. That means studying processes and individuals from a broad range of chronological, geographical, and demographic contexts, with the aim that, amongst such a wealth of material, our historians will find and nurture their own academic interests.
 

Beyond the classroom

History society is an extremely popular weekly occasion, especially with Year 10 upwards, where girls and staff present on a variety of historical events. Other opportunities include the historical fiction competition for Year 7 girls, Lower School History society, Lower school History film club and History documentary society.
 

Sixth Form enrichment.

The Sixth Form take a visit to Parliament and the National Portrait Gallery, attend lectures from such historians as Dr David Starkey, Professor Ron Hutton, Dr Anna Whitelock, Professor Diamiad MacCulloch, Professor Boyd Hilton, Dr Sarah Richardson and Dr Geoff Hicks and have the opportunity to attend in-house forums such as the Politics, Philosophy and Economics forum.

Year 9 Battlefields visit.

Visiting Sanctuary Wood and Vimy Ridge trench lines gives the girls a greater understanding of the life of a front line soldier . In addition, there is the opportunity to examine remembrance through visits to Langemarck and Sanctuary Wood Cemeteries. This two day visit has proved hugely popular in recent years.

Year 8 visit to Hampton Court Palace.

This is an opportunity for girls to extend their knowledge of the religious upheavals of the 16th century by attending workshops and touring the Tudor sections of the Palace.

Year 7 visit to St Albans Cathedral.

Girls extend their understanding of Medieval religion and engage in illuminated letter creation, brass rubbings and historical tours of the Cathedral.

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HISTORY OF ART

Through discussion, study and live observation we encourage girls to explore, analyse, interpret and develop opinions about global art from across time. Our learning journey with the girls, very much a collaborative approach, looks to develop the fundamental skill of visual analysis to decode imagery and objects, and grasp the relationship between materials, techniques and styles. From such a foundation, girls can start to gain insight into both the complex identities of the individuals who create art, and the social, political and economic function of art within specific cultural contexts.

 

SPLAT

The Art History society, otherwise known as SPLAT,  meets every Wednesday lunchtime and is open to all ages. Both students and professionals from the art world speak and we have close links with Old Dolphins.

 

Gallery visits.

Both LVI and UVI, A level and IB, girls make frequent guided visits to permanent collections, special exhibitions related to syllabus topics and local architecture.

 

Godolphin History of Art conference.

As well as attending national conferences the girls participate, help and attend the Godolphin and Latymer annual Art History Higher Education conference and Fair.

Overseas visits

There are biannual overseas visits for A level students to Florence and Rome, or New York, and an annual day visit to Paris for UVI IB students. 

West London Art History cafe.

Godolphin hosts an extension reading group for Art History students from local schools from June through to December in preparation for applications and university interviews.

ARTiculation

Sixth Formers enter this national competition by speaking for 10 minutes on a work of art of their choice, with Godolphin heats, London quarter and semi-finals and the final at Cambridge University.

MATHEMATICS

Our approach to learning Mathematics encourages the girls to link knowledge learnt in one area with another, a progression which enables mathematicians to solve an enormous variety of scientific and mathematical problems. Whilst we cover the necessary techniques and content clearly and thoroughly, our Mathematics curriculum is particularly focused on enabling girls to develop transferable skills such as lateral thinking and logical reasoning and, furthermore, seeing the awe and excitement within Mathematics.

 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

What a joy it is to speak a foreign language; something the MFL department strive to do whenever possible both in and out of lessons. A form time in German, a whole lesson in Spanish where the mother tongue rules. Grammatical grounding is crucial and we embrace the teaching of such fine details; digital technology allows us to add another level to our practise.


Beyond the classroom support and challenge is available in abundance; no more so than in the provision of language assistants and the opportunity to learn abroad.

MUSIC

Our aim is to nurture the musical development of all girls at every level and promote involvement through practical music making. The Music curriculum focusses on the core skills of performance, composition and listening and encompasses many cultures and musical styles. Creative composition has taken centre stage with Year 7 in recent times with every girl having the opportunity to digitally rework a classic piece using Garageband, the results of which are aired in the summer concert.

 

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

Our primary objective is not to teach girls what to think, but rather how to think. The girls will develop the skills, resources and confidence to make their own informed decisions on a variety of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. The department is inclusive and enables girls from a variety of faith backgrounds, and those from none, to explore values and beliefs in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

 

MATHEMATICS

Our approach to learning Mathematics encourages the girls to link knowledge learnt in one area with another, a progression which enables mathematicians to solve an enormous variety of scientific and mathematical problems. Whilst we cover the necessary techniques and content clearly and thoroughly, our Mathematics curriculum is particularly focused on enabling girls to develop transferable skills such as lateral thinking and logical reasoning and, furthermore, seeing the awe and excitement within Mathematics.

 

Beyond the syllabus

There are a variety of extension classes available to girls throughout school and Year 9 girls have the opportunity to enter the weekly cryptography competition. Girls in Year 10 attend the GCSE Maths in Action day at the Institute of Education, a range of inspirational mathematical talks, and the Lower Sixth have a similar lecture day opportunity.

Challenge and compete


All girls in from Year 7 to 11 have the chance to participate in the UKMT Maths Challenge, and subsequent selective rounds thereafter; girls in the Sixth Form enter the senior competition if they wish. We also enter the local area Hans Woyda competition and a House competition takes place in the summer term.

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MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
What a joy it is to speak a foreign language; something the MFL department strive to do whenever possible both in and out of lessons. A cooking lesson in Mandarin, a form time in French or in German, a whole lesson in Spanish or Italian where the mother tongue rules. Grammatical grounding is crucial and we embrace the teaching of such fine details; digital technology allows us to add another level to our practice.
 
Beyond the classroom support and challenge is available in abundance; no more so than in the provision of language assistants and the opportunity to learn abroad.
French in school

Girls can study French film and write an essay through an Oxford university competition, watch a French play and act in it too or debate in the Central and South London French debating league.  

Discover France

Go to Normandy as a year 7 for a summer vacation, to Montpellier as a year 9, Paris to practice GCSE language skills or Versailles for some sixth form work experience.

 

German in School

German club, for Year 7 Germanists or those just curious, runs parallel to Lower School German Film club and both aim to inspire in an authentic atmosphere! For the slightly more established, the Oxford German Olympiad, a series of German based competitions, is available to enter.
 

German in Germany

The biannual Christmas market visit, for girls in Year 8 and 9, is an action packed visit, whilst the Year 7 summertime visit to Koblenz gives a chance to relax whilst improving language skills. In the Sixth Form girls can participate in the European work experience in Berlin, whilst our relationship with the Johanneum in Hamburg gives Year 10 girls a superb chance to sharpen their German skills, home and away.
 

Italian in School

The girls can expand their knowledge of the language by taking part in a yearly debate competition with Dulwich College and in a KS3 study day at the BFI.

Off to Italy

Girls in Y10-13 can go on a school trip to either Rome and Sorrento or to Bologna and Ravenna on alternate years.

Mandarin in School

China Club provides an insight into Chinese culture while Mandarin Surgery is an opportunity to further practise outside the classroom or clarify any issues.  Girls can take part in the British Council/HSBC Chinese Speaking competition and there is also a fun vocabulary competition against Latymer Upper.

China town and even China.

The girls in Year 8 get their first flavour of Mandarin outside the school gates as they go to Chinatown for a delicious lunch and an afternoon seeing Chinese in action. In October 2016 the Mandarin department ran their first trip to China; a fantastic 9 day trip to Beijing and Xian for Years 9-11, it is our plan to run this on an bi-annual basis.  

Spanish in School

Extend learning beyond the classroom with weekly clubs, a KS3 study day at the British Film Institute, a theatre trip to see Bodas de Sangre or compete in an UVI debating competition, exclusively in Spanish!      

Away to Spain

Away from home the year 8 head for a summer visit to Salamanca, Granada plays host to the Year 10 girls and in the Lower Sixth you can go to Cordoba for full immersion in a week’s work experience.

MUSIC

Our aim is to nurture the musical development of all girls at every level and promote involvement through practical music making. The Music curriculum focusses on the core skills of performance, composition and listening and encompasses many cultures and musical styles. Creative composition has taken centre stage with Year 7 in recent times with every girl having the opportunity to digitally rework a classic piece using Garageband, the results of which are aired in the summer concert.

 

Individual music lessons

Individual music tuition is available in a range of instruments and voice with a great many girls taking up this opportunity, some taking up to three lessons per week. In an average week over 700 individual lessons take place.


Extra curricular

A full and varied programme of extra-curricular opportunities is available to cater for all musical abilities from beginners to the most advanced.

Performing

Girls are encouraged to perform in a broad range of environments from informal Friday recitals, to music festivals, a music tour (most recently Salzburg) and formal concerts, including a joint effort in the Choral concert where choral and instrumentalists join with parents, staff and professionals and have performed Mozart's requiem.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

Our primary objective is not to teach girls what to think, but rather how to think. The girls will develop the skills, resources and confidence to make their own informed decisions on a variety of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. The department is inclusive and enables girls from a variety of faith backgrounds, and those from none, to explore values and beliefs in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

 

Visits

The British Museum welcomes the Year 7 to study the Middle East and Assyrian Galleries whilst the Year 10 girls are fortunate to be able to visit to Royal Trinity Hospice giving a rare opportunity to see a hospice in action

Grayling Essay prize for GCSE and Sixth Form

Our annual Philosophy and Religion essay prize, endowed by Professor A.C. Grayling, invites pupils to submit an essay on a chosen stimulus for the chance of winning £50. Pupils are able to interpret the focus and scope of the stimulus as they see fit within our subject area.
 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education introduces the girls to a variety of team based and individual sports. Our aim is to inspire girls to develop a love of fitness, in the hope of establishing an active fitness routine as they move into adulthood.  Girls will have the opportunity to work with a variety of their peers, and can take on various roles such as officiating and coaching, especially in GCSE PE where they also learn about the physiological and psychological benefits of sport.
 

PHYSICS

Our primary aim is to allow the girls to gain confidence in the practical aspects of Physics. Not only does this encourage responsible risk taking but it also allows the girls to discover the connections between the different topics and the relationships between the various Physics phenomena. We endeavour, through theory and experiment, to help girls foster a lifelong curiosity about the universe and a wonder of the mysteries around them.
 

TECHNOLOGY

Technology at G&L aims to engage girls in creative thinking by designing and making products that solve real problems and address their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Girls use imagination and originality whilst developing a range of practical skills. Successful learning in Technology encourages resilience and independence, even if many activities are collaborative in nature. The design process builds up curiosity when analysing and researching a brief, and extends higher level thinking skills when evaluating products. A STEM subject, in both D&T and Food, we aim to enhance girl’s knowledge of science through investigating and questioning the properties and behaviours of different materials.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education introduces the girls to a variety of team based and individual sports. Our aim is to inspire girls to develop a love of fitness, in the hope of establishing an active fitness routine as they move into adulthood.  Girls will have the opportunity to work with a variety of their peers, and can take on various roles such as officiating and coaching, especially in GCSE PE where they also learn about the physiological and psychological benefits of sport.
 

Extra curricular

We pride ourselves on provision of something for everybody. To get an exhaustive list of what is on offer click here. A flavour of everything that we do can also be found on the Beyond the Classroom page here.

 

Compete

Whilst inclusivity is key to all we offer competing to the very highest level is equally important. Our successes in county, regional and national competitions across a variety of sports have grown year on year. To get a sense of our provision click here to go through to our fixtures and results website.

PHYSICS

Our primary aim is to allow the girls to gain confidence in the practical aspects of Physics. Not only does this encourage responsible risk taking but it also allows the girls to discover the connections between the different topics and the relationships between the various Physics phenomena. We endeavour, through theory and experiment, to help girls foster a lifelong curiosity about the universe and a wonder of the mysteries around them.
 

Olympiad competitions

Girls might enter the GCSE Physics Challenge, the A level Challenge, the British Physics Olympiad Experimental project or the British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad A level Challenge leading to the Astro Olympiad.

 

Clubs and societies

The Physics and Engineering society is a girl led society to which all are welcome. From Year 9 upwards girls are supported to go for CREST bronze, silver and gold awards, all run as lunchtime clubs.
 

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Wide Ranging Contribution

Many of our staff are given time to contribute to the wider community through publishing pedagogical research, presenting at academic conferences, representing sports at national and international level, being governors at other schools and influencing national educational policy.

Middle Leaders

Those who lead teams as heads of department or heads of pastoral sections  are provided with specific management and leadership training including the Independent Schools’ Qualification in Academic Management as well as bespoke professional workshops provided in house.

Helping To Train Others

A number of staff contribute to training teachers in other schools. We host conferences and courses here as well as providing speakers for Girls’ School Association (GSA) and Headmasters and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) events around the country. We also host events for the IB, so the reach is truly international.

Developing Each Other

Opportunities are provided for any colleague to propose a training opportunity for others and run informal workshops. We have regular Whole School Perspectives meetings where any member of staff can find out more about running a large, busy school. At the other end of the scale, there is bespoke one-to-one coaching available for any colleague.

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