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Peterhouse Girls

Academic Overview

Peterhouse Girls provides a broad and balanced curriculum designed to meet the needs of girls of different abilities. At the end of the fourth year of secondary education girls take examinations for the International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE) in various subjects.

These examinations are set by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), which is part of Cambridge University. Upon achieving satisfactory results in their IGCSE examinations the vast majority of our girls proceed to do courses at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A) levels.

For each subject, a girl is placed in one of four sets, allowing for smaller classes in which the lowest set (set 4) has the least number of pupils.

Each year group is split into six tutor groups which are then monitored by staff members who are responsible for each group. Members of staff monitor the academic performance of each girl, in addition to helping her to cope with any other problems, issues of concern or challenges she might face. If necessary, girls are referred to one of our two qualified counsellors.
This support from the girl's tutor, together with a core of well qualified and in most cases highly experienced teaching staff, gives every girl the best opportunity to do well in her subjects.

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The Alpha Programme

Academic – ALPHA (Academic Learning, Progress and Higher Achievement) programme

The Peterhouse Group ALPHA programme is a holistic approach to the academic education of pupils at all levels and of all academic abilities which ensures that they receive the support, encouragement and guidance they need to reach their full potential.

Specifically the ALPHA programme means that:

i. the setting/streaming of pupils is carefully managed (lower sets/streams are usually smaller in size);

ii. the academic curriculum is as flexible as possible e.g. pupils at PHB/PHG are able to follow an appropriate course of IGCSE/A levels;

iii. pupils’ aptitudes at PHB/PHG are identified via objective testing i.e. CAT4 tests in C Block;

iv. extra tuition/academic support is given to pupils as/when necessary at PHB/PHG and in particular to pupils in examination year groups (i.e. A Block, Vth and VIth form);

v. extra lessons are provided at SVH to assist children with their spelling, handwriting, reading, bonds, tables and maths.

vi. at PHB/PHG pupils’ academic progress is carefully monitored via a well-structured academic tutorial system; and

vii. at SVH pupils’ academic progress is carefully monitored by their class teacher.

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Curriculum D Block to IGCSE


The Department
The department has two full time members of staff who have years of experience in teaching the subject. There are two IT Laboratories and one technical staff who is responsible for maintenance and technical support. The IT labs are equipped with state of the art computer equipment and full broadband internet access. They both have overhead projectors and white boards. Internet access is closely monitored using classroom management software, firewalls and a reliable hotspot server.

At D and C block (form 1 and 2), Information Technology (IT) is taught to all pupils. IT is now part of the educational experience of children in most parts of the world. Taught as a subject in its own right, as well as being embedded within the curriculum, IT is increasingly regarded as a new ‘literacy’, alongside reading, writing and numeracy. IT is designed to introduce learners to the key ICT applications they need to use, in order to acquire that literacy and to understand the impact of technology on our daily lives. The syllabus that we are offering provides a framework in which ICT competence and practical skills can be developed within an environment that is appropriate for the age of the learners.

At B and A (form 3and 4), IGCSE Information Communication Technology (ICT) is offered as an optional subject. The ICT syllabus encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.
The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Learners analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.
Pupils are allowed to access educational websites for learning purposes and download any valuable materials. Personal printing is allowed and pupils are charged to their accounts. Ownership of a laptop is highly recommended to enable students to develop practical skills in their spare time and during the holidays.

Mrs Olive Chiwoko: Head of IT and Commercials.

Read more: Curriculum D Block to IGCSE

Curriculum CIE A Level Prospectus


This document has been produced to help parents and pupils know exactly what is involved in choosing subjects at A level. The specific subject information, written by Academic Heads of Department, includes the course content, previous pass rates and the qualifications needed for entry into the subject concerned together with suggested/suitable combinations of subjects.

The selection of A level subjects is of critical importance and can have a long lasting influence on university applications and career choices.

To parents I would like to say the following:
• please take time to discuss the implications of the choices made with your son/daughter; and
• the selection of A level subjects should be heavily influenced by the ability/aptitude of your son/daughter and not by the aspirations you may have for him/her – you must guard against pushing you son/daughter in a direction which you rather than he/she wants!

To pupils I would like to add:
• do as much research as you can into the various options and make sure that you understand the consequences of the choices you make;
• do not be influenced by the choices which your friends are making – it is important that you make choices for your own benefit; and
• above all else choose subjects which interest/stimulate you.

Read more: Curriculum CIE A Level Prospectus


CAMBRIDGE CIE RESULTS 2018 - received January 2019

IGCSE Results
The overall pass rate was 91.1% (2017 pass rate was 90.4%)

  A*      . A      . B      . C      . D      . E      . F, G, U      . Total      . % A*/C      .
Accounts 1 1 8 5 17  88 
Afrikaans 0 1 100 
Art 12  100 
Biology 14  18  32  66  97 
Chemistry 13  12  34  91 
CS 1 9 0 1 0 0 0 11 100
Design Technology 11  100 
English Language 14  31  12  68  90 
Food & Nutrition 100 
French 10  24  75 
Geography 10  28  10  57  84 
History 0 13  14  35  97 
ICT 19  95 
English Literature 21  17  11  57  91 
Mathematics 24  31  68  93 
Music 100 
Physical Education 100 
Physics 0 15  16  38  89 
Religious Studies 83 
Travel & Tourism 20  80 
Total 17 105  219  172  37  12  563   
% 3.02 18.7  38.9  30.6  6.57  2.13  0.18  100  91.10% 

The overall pass rate was over the 90% barrier for the third year in succession.
Academic colours for 8 A grades or better: 

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