Shell Remove and Fifth Form


An exciting and dynamic year where leaders develop

The Shell year is an exciting and dynamic one, a year where students get to try new subjects, make decisions and continue to develop their leadership and academic skills. Building upon the firm foundations of the Prep phase, our Shell curriculum prepares students for the demands of the IGCSE programme in Remove and Fifth Form. Whilst encouraging the development of literacy, mathematical and IT skills, our students are challenged and stretched academically throughout their courses, with many students being exposed to IGCSE content early. Students study English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Computer Science, Art, Music, Drama, Design Technology, Thai, a Modern Foreign Language (French, Japanese or Mandarin) and Physical Education. In addition, those students whose English language skills are emerging will take English for Academic Progress lessons to enhance their ability to access the curriculum. Tutorial sessions focus on student well-being, careers and the Shell Global Project, a personalised research project that the students are required to undertake. Students also start the Leadership and Service Curriculum, working towards developing the Harrow Leadership Attributes and reflecting upon their performance and experiences. Students also complete the Career’s Investigator test which is considered in combination with IGCSE options advice prior to students selecting their IGCSE subjects for Remove and Fifth. More detailed information about the options process and IGCSE courses offered can be found in the Remove and Fifth IGCSE Options booklet.

shell handbook

Please refer to the handbook for Key Stage 3 subject and timetable information. If you require more detailed information please email

Remove and Fifth Form

The foundation years for A Level and degree choices

The IGCSE subjects studied in the Remove and Fifth Form provide the foundation for student’s A Level and degree choices. They continue to study the core subjects of English Language (First or as a Second Language), Mathematics and at least one Science taken from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. If the student is a Thai National, they must study Thai. They then are able to select up six additional subjects taken from Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, French, Geography, History,  Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Japanese, Mandarin (First or as a Foreign Language), Music, Physical Education (PE), Physics, Religious Studies or Statistics.

Students in high sets also study English Literature, Additional Mathematics or Further Mathematics as part of the curriculum whilst selected students are given the opportunity to study IGCSE Development Studies or IGCSE Astronomy in addition to regular lessons. Details about all the IGCSE courses can be found in the IGCSE Options booklet. In addition to their IGCSE courses, students also have Physical Education lessons and weekly tutorials. Finally, students take a course called Futures, during which they focus on careers, global citizenship and well-being.

Remove and Fifth Form handbook

Please refer to the handbook for IGCSE subject and timetable information. If you require more detailed information please email

Andy Brown
Head of Shell, Remove and Fifth Form 

Students at computer lab

Student from SR5 playing an musical instrument

A student at harrow painting a picture of an woman

A boy is explaining a lesson from the book to his co-student