Curriculum

It is crucial that our young people develop the essential learning skills, resourcefulness and sense of self-worth that they will need in the ever-changing world of life and work ahead. Our curriculum therefore is one which continually evolves, combining a commitment to students’ personal development with the demands of academic rigour.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) students study

Subject Year 7Year 8Year 9
English3 hours per week3 hours per week3 hours per week
Mathematics3 hours per week3 hours per week3 hours per week
Science3 hours per week3 hours per week3 hours per week
Art1 hour per week1 hour per week1 hour per week
Design Technology2 hours per week2 hours per week2 hours per week
Drama1 hour per week1 hour per week alternate half terms
Geography2 hours per week2 hours per week2 hours per week
History2 hours per week2 hours per week2 hours per week
ICT1 hour per week1 hour per week1 hour per week
Languages3 hours per week3 hours per week3 hours per week
Music1 hour per week1 hour per week1 hour per week alternate half terms
Physical Education2 hours per week2 hours per week2 hours per week
RE with Citizenship1 hour per week1 hour per week1 hour per week alternate half terms
Personalised Option2 hours per week
PHSE through Drama 1 hour per week

 

Note :

Years 7 and 8 include Literacy Plus lessons for students targeted for accelerated progress in reading and writing

Year 9: Personalised Option . Y9 students currently choose to follow a course in one of the following :
GCSE Astronomy, BTEC Music, Jamie Oliver’s Home Cooking Skills, Enrichment Art,
Enrichment Design and Technology, Enrichment Drama, Sports Leaders Award or a
second Modern Foreign Language
Students additionally opt to take either Music or Drama for their Year 9 Performing Arts.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In the Spring term of Year 9 students opt  to take four ‘option subjects’. Two of these are taken as one-year GCSEs in Year 10. In the Spring term of Year 10 students are asked to either confirm their remaining two subjects for Year 11, or to reopt should they so wish.  The curriculum is designed so that students maintain a wide choice of other subjects including Technology and Performing Arts subjects, a second Language or second Humanity subject and Triple Science. Our curriculum offer is always kept under constant review to reflect the needs of our students and to take in to account changing external requirements.

Two-year examination subjects

Subject Year 10 Year 11
English3.5 to 4.5* hours per week3 to 4* hours per week
Mathematics3 hours per week3 to 4* hours per week
Science4 hours per week4.5 hours per week
Triple Science 6 hours per week 6.5 hours per week
MFL two-year option 2 hours per week 2 hours per week

 

* Students who towards the end of Year 9 are not on track to make expected progress in English and Maths have an additional hour of core subjects in Years 10 and 11. Students who are on track to make expected or more than expected progress may choose to take Triple science or a language as a two-year subject.

One-year examination subjects:

GCSEs (5 hours per week for one year) are offered in Art, Business Studies, Child Development, Computer Science, Drama, Food Technology, French, Geography, German, Graphic Products, Health and Social Care, History, Hospitality, ICT, Music, PE,  RE,  Textiles, and a BTEC in Engineering. We additionally plan to offer GCSE Spanish from 2015.
An alternative pathway is available for those students who learn best through more practical and vocational elements. Our Bridge Course includes qualifications in a variety of Level 1 and 2 courses, including : Fire Service and the Community, ASDAN Bronze, Wider Key Skills, Certificate of Personal Effectiveness and work experience placements.

In addition

Students have 2 hours of PE per week and one hour of RE per fortnight.

 

Key Stage 5

The vast majority of our Y12  students take 4 AS courses (5 hours per week each). Most students will then choose 3 of these subjects for A2 (also 5 hours per week each) converting these to 3 full A Levels.
Please see the Sixth Form brochure for further details about the sixth form and the courses which are offered.
Further information on the content of all our courses can be found by going to ‘Subjects Online’ or by logging in to access subjects’ individual websites.