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At Kensington Park School Lower School, we deliver a modern curriculum for students aged 11 to 16. Our students benefit from a dynamic and holistic approach to learning, making use of the latest technology to maximise learning outcomes.

Students joining the Lower School in Years 7, 8 and 9 study a broad curriculum including English, mathematics, sciences, modern foreign languages (including Mandarin Chinese), geography, history, and religious studies as well as art, computing, drama, music, PE, and Games.

In Year 9, students begin to hone down their subjects before embarking on the full two-year GCSE/IGCSE programme in Years 10 and 11. Students will typically study 9 or 10 subjects at GCSE level. Alongside a core curriculum of English, mathematics, and science, students select from a broad range of subjects.

For international students transitioning to the UK system or for British students wishing to transfer from other educational systems or programmes of study, Kensington Park School also offers a one-year intensive IGCSE programme.

After completing the one-year or two-year GCSE/IGCSE programme, students continue their academic journey in the Sixth Form where they further narrow down their subjects on the A level programme.


Years 7 & 8

Students in Years 7 and 8 follow a modern curriculum with a wide range of subjects.

  • Core Curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science
  • Humanities: Geography, History, Religious Education
  • Languages: French, Latin, Mandarin
  • Arts and Computing: Art, Computing, Drama, Music
  • Games, Physical Education, PSHE
  • Students are set by ability in English and Mathematics

Having gained a broad range of skills and a wide knowledge base in Years 7 and 8, students begin to hone down their subjects in Year 9. Students continue with the core subjects of maths, English and computing, but now study the three sciences separately. Students must select one humanities subject, one modern foreign language, and one creative arts subject, but are free to choose their remaining options. These may include Spanish and classical civilisation which are available from Year 9.

  • Core Curriculum: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Computing
  • Humanities: Geography, History, Religious Education, Classical Civilisation
  • Languages: French, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish
  • Creative Arts: Art, Drama, Music
  • Games, Physical Education, PSHE
Two-Year gcse programme (Years 10 & 11)

On the two-year GCSE programme which starts in Year 10, students typically study nine or ten subjects which are a mixture of GCSE and IGCSE. These must include English literature, English language, maths, one modern language, and three science subjects selected from biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science. Students choose a further three subjects which may include a second modern language; a creative arts subject; another from the humanities; or business studies, which is only available from Year 10. With no set option blocks, every effort is made to accommodate students’ individual subject choices.

  • Core Curriculum: English Language and Literature, Mathematics
  • Science (students choose three or four from the following GCSE subjects): Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics
  • Compulsory language (students choose one from the following GCSE subjects): French, Mandarin, Spanish
  • Students choose two or three from the following GCSE/IGCSE subjects: Art, Classical Civilisation, Drama, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mandarin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Spanish
  • Games, PSHE (non-examined subjects)

GCSE Options Booklet

One-year igcse programme

On the intensive, one-year IGCSE programme, students study five IGCSE subjects, but also enjoy a range of non-examined classes and a shared programme of PSHE, PE, and Games with other GCSE students. 

  • Core Curriculum: English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Range of non-examined subjects in areas such as computing, drama and art
  • PSHE, PE, and Games (non-examined) with other GCSE students

One-Year IGCSE Information Booklet


Our broad-ranging and modern curriculum is complemented by our innovative co-curricular programme and tech-rich learning environment. All students in KPS Lower School have access to a personal device which allows them to engage, interact with, and connect to the wider learning community. We have a purpose-built theatre with state-of-the-art lighting and sound facilities, as well as fully equipped music and computer science rooms. Students and parents are also able to access a multitude of learning and co-curricular resources via Firefly, a collaborative online platform which can be accessed at home as well as on-site.

"Pupils are confident, self-assured and successful learners. Their strong appetite for learning has a positive impact on the progress they make. They engage in discussions and debates readily, and show respect for different points of view." 

Ofsted report 2018

Lower School

Kensington Park School (Years 7-11),
40-44 Bark Place,
W2 4AT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7616 4400

Sixth Form

Kensington Park School Sixth Form,
59 Queen's Gate,
South Kensington, London,

Tel: +44 (0)20 7225 0577

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