English and Maths are the key facilitating (or gateway) subjects, in that everyone needs them at GCSE if they are to progress to university, and/or to the jobs to which Radleians usually aspire.
All boys study Maths and English up to GCSE, as part of the Core. The allocation is five periods per cycle for each subject in the Shell year and six for the GCSE years. English Literature is sat by the upper sets, and taught within the standard six period allocation. At A level, Single Maths and English are taught for ten periods a cycle, while Further Maths is allocated 16 periods.