Curriculum Overview

The curriculum is the way in which the school organises teaching and learning so that each pupil reaches the highest level achievement.

Key Stage Three

This covers the first two years, when pupils will follow National Curriculum subjects.

In Year 7 and 8, students are taught English, Maths, Science and MFL (French, German or Spanish), History, Geography, RE and Citizenship are taught in ability sets. Other National Curriculum practical subjects are also delivered to Year 7 including Art, Music, Computing, Technology and PE.

In Key Stage 3, all lessons except PE are taught in ability sets, although pupils will be grouped in mixed ability forms. In Year 7, setting will be based on National Curriculum test levels from Primary school. There are, of course, opportunities for pupils to change sets as their ability develops.

For information relating to the content of each of the KS3 courses please use the information tab on the menu and select curriculum in order to navigate to specific subjects.

The school timetable operates on a two week rotation and so the hours listed below are the number of hours per subject across two weeks.

Year 7

Subject Hours
Maths 9
English 9
Science 8
Art 1
Learning for Life 4
Computing 3
Design Technology 1
Modern Foreign Languages 3
Geography 4
History 4
Drama 1
Music 1
PE 2

Year 8

Subject Hours
Maths 9
English 9
Science 8
Art 1
Learning for Life 3
Computing 3
Design Technology 1
Modern Foreign Languages 4
Geography 4
History 4
Drama 1
Music 1
PE 2

Key Stage Four

In Years 9, 10 and 11, all students will study English, Maths, Science, PE, ICT and Learning for Life. In addition, students will be able to select from option lines consisting of a range of additional subjects. Most subjects are GCSE courses, but we offer some vocational courses.

In addition to the knowledge, skills and understanding developed, pupils are encouraged to apply these skills and show their initiative in lessons and in a variety of cross curricular opportunities.

We have three pathways for students moving into Year 9 and beyond. We have used our ENSURING PROGRESS ANDSUCCESS (EPS) ethos to name the 3 Pathways. Each band has been identified using information about progress on entry from KS2 and from our own progress data.

E Pathway

Broadly speaking, the E Pathway will follow what many might term an academic curriculum that offers pupils access to a version of the English Baccalaureate model with emphasis on all pupils following a Modern Foreign Language, a Humanities subject and access to 3 of the Separate Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. In addition and in keeping with our school specialism, all pupils will be given the chance to follow a Creative Arts course from a large selection.

P Pathway Year 10 & 11

P Pathway will still offer pupils access to English Baccalaureate subjects but with two main differences. Pupils will follow a broad Science course (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) leading to 2 x GCSE passes (Core and Additional Science). They will also be able to opt out of a Modern Foreign Language and/or a Humanity subject if they wish and undertake alternative option subjects. In addition, all pupils on this Pathway will follow an ICT option. All pupils will have access to a selection of open options including Creative Arts subjects.

P Pathway Year 9

P Pathway will still offer pupils access to English Baccalaureate subjects but with one main difference. Pupils will follow a broad Science course (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) leading to 2 x GCSE passes (Core and Additional Science).  All pupils will have access to a selection of open options including Creative Arts subjects.

S Pathway

All pupils on this pathway will follow the Core GCSE subjects of English, Maths, Science, ICT, PE and Learning for Life. Pupils will study a smaller number of additional GCSE courses. Some pupils on this pathway will have the opportunity to follow some vocational alternatives and a more personalised programme that will ensure that all pupils are able achieve 5 GCSE passes and obtain other accreditation or experiences that will help build a pathway at 16.

The school timetable operates on a two week rotation and so the hours listed below are the number of hours per subject across two weeks.

Key Stage 4 – Year 9

S P E
Maths 10 Maths 9 Maths 9
English 10 English 8 English 8
Science 10 Science 8 Science 8 (12 if Separate Science selected)
Humanities Project 6 Computing/ICT 4 Computing/ICT 4
Learning for Life 4 Learning for Life 3 Learning for Life 3
Computing/ICT 4 PE 2 PE 2
PE 2 OP1 (Language) 6 OP1 4 (Separate Science option included)
OP1 4 OP2 (Humanity) 6 OP2 (Language) 6
OP3 4 OP3 (Humanity) 6

Key Stage 4 – Year 10

S P E
Maths 10 Maths 8 Maths 8
English 10 English 8 English 8
Science 10 Science 8 Science 8 (12 if Separate Science selected)
Humanities Project 6 Computing/ICT 4 Computing/ICT 4
Learning for Life 4 Learning for Life 4 Learning for Life 4
Computing/ICT 4 PE 2 PE 2
PE 2 OP1 4 OP1 4 (Separate Science option included)
OP1 4 OP2 4 OP2 (Language) 4
OP3 4 OP3 (Humanity) 4
OP4 4 OP4 4

Key Stage 4 – Year 11

S P E
Maths 10 Maths 10 Maths 8
English 10 English 10 English 8
Science 8 Science 8 Science 8 (12 if Separate Science selected)
Computing/ICT 4 Computing/ICT 4 Computing/ICT 4
LFL 4 LFL 3 LFL 2
PE 2 PE 2 PE 2
OP1 4 OP1 4 OP1 4 (Separate Science Option)
OP2 4 OP2 5 OP2 5
OP3 4 OP3 4 OP3 5
OP4 4

Depending on option choices pupils will have the opportunity to study the following subject which will make up the rest of their timetabled hours.

Art & Design Computer Science Film Studies Music
Asdan Dance French Music Technology
BTEC in Sport Studies Digital Art Geography Personalised Learning
Business Drama German Product Design
Separate Sciences Design Technology History Spanish
ICT Textiles

For further information relating to the option courses undertaken by pupils including the qualification level, exam board details and course content please click here

For information relating to the content of each of the KS3 courses please use the information tab on the menu and select curriculum in order to navigate to specific subjects.

For option information for 2015-16 please click here

If you require any further information about any of our courses at either KS3 or KS4, please click here to contact specific departments.

As an 11-18 school, we hope as many students as possible will stay on to study from a wide range of subjects in the Sixth Form. However, we are aware that for a number of individuals, their future will be in other directions. Our Careers Education and Guidance team will work with all students in Years 9 to 11 to ensure they are aware of all their progression opportunities and that they make the right decisions for their future.