Curriculum Subjects


The School Curriculum 

St Martha’s operate a non-selective entry. Our curriculum reflects this and is reviewed annually. The school aims to provide a broad, balanced curriculum and develop each girl to her full potential by valuing individual talents and responding to specific needs. 

All girls take an entrance test and have an interview with a member of the Executive team. Each group is assessed using national testing systems: MidYIS (1st Form), Yellis (4th Form) and ALIS (Lower Sixth).

Curriculum 2015/16 

Key Stage 3 (1st, 2nd & 3rd Form) 

1st Form

All pupils study the same subjects: Religious Education, English, Maths, Science, Art, Textiles, Drama, French, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music, Spanish, ICT, Latin, Classics and Physical Education.

2nd Form

Pupils continue working as in 1st Form.

3rd Form

Girls choose their GCSE option subjects in the Lent term ready to start the courses in Year 10.

Key Stage 4 (4th & 5th Form)

Most pupils study 10 GCSE subjects. In 4th to 5th Form there is a core curriculum of Religious Studies, English Language, English Literature, Maths, French and the double/triple Science subjects. 

Girls are set according to ability in all the core subjects and also choose from the following options: Art, Business Studies, Classical Civilisation, Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA), Drama, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, ICT and Textiles.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form) 

Lower Sixth  

Students choose four subjects at AS Level. These include Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Drama, Economics, English Literature, English Language, French, Government & Politics, History, Maths, Further Maths, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, ICT, Geography, Music, Textiles, Food & Nutrition, PE and Religious Studies. 

Upper Sixth  

Students take three subjects to A2 Level. Girls also complete further education applications with the guidance of their personal tutors, the Careers Coordinator and the Head of Sixth Form. As well as the academic curriculum pupils take Religious Education, Physical Education and the Extended Project Qualification. They can also choose activities from our excellent enrichment programme, which includes the Leiths Cookery School course and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.


  Curriculum Subjects
  Art & Design
  Business Studies & Economics
  Drama & Theatre Studies
  Enrichment (Personal Development)
  Extended Project
  Food and Nutrition
  Languages – Other 
  Physical Education
  Religious Studies