Most students enter the secondary school from Latifa's primary section and a solid transition programme supports their move. The English National Curriculum, modified for context, is followed throughout the secondary school. Latifa School offers a broad range of optional subjects at GCSE; including ICT, music, business studies, French, Italian, Spanish, food technology, textiles technology, art, history, PE and geography. Examination results compare favourably with those achieved by other similar schools, with on average over 60% of students attaining 5 grades A* to C, including English and Maths, at GCSE level.
Music is offered to whole classes in KS3 and as an option in KS4. Individual instruction is also provided to interested students, who are encouraged to work towards ABRSM examinations.
In Year 12 students select from a range of AS level subjects and additional GCSE level subjects, based on their ability levels and future study plans. AS subjects on offer include biology, chemistry, maths, physics, English literature, business studies, art, food technology, textiles technology, French, Italian, Spanish, music, travel and tourism, ICT, geography, history and PE, depending on demand. A Key Skills course also runs as part of the Year 12 curriculum where students learn valuable practical and interpersonal life skills. Students intending to proceed to tertiary education in the United Kingdom, United States or elsewhere overseas have the option of continuing their AS studies up to A level in Year 13.
The School's careers programme begins in Year 9, when parents and students are actively engaged in discussions leading to the choice of GCSE options. In Year 10 students undertake a work experience week. In Year 11 interviews are held to discuss post-GCSE intentions, and a university fair helps guide those in Year 11 and 12 on their choice of university. As part of a careers fair, outside speakers, including former students, come in to discuss their own career choices and experiences. In Year 12 and Year 13, when appropriate, assistance is provided with the completion of university entrance forms and mock interviews are conducted. The careers programme benefits from a library of specialised literature, the use of software programmes and the internet.