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 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 3 hours per week 3 hours per week 3.5 hours per week
Mathematics 3 hours per week 3 hours per week 3 hours per week
Science 3 hours per week 3 hours per week 3 hours per week
Art1 hour per week 1 hour per week Personalised option
Design Technology 1 hour per week 1 hour per week Personalised option
Drama1 hour per week Personalised option
Food and Textiles Technology1 hour per week1 hour per weekPersonalised option
Geography 2 hours per week 2 hours per week 2 hours per week
History 2 hours per week 2 hours per week 2 hours per week
ICT 1 hour per week 1 hour per week Personalised option
Languages 3 hours per week 3 hours per week 3 hours per week plus personalised option
Music 1 hour per week 1 hour per week Personalised option
Physical Education 2 hours per week 2 hours per week 2 hours per week
RE with Citizenship 1 hour per week 1 hour per week 0.5 hours per week
Workshop1 hour per week

Note :

Year 7 also includes Literacy Plus lessons for students targeted for accelerated progress in reading and writing.

Year 9: Personalised Option . Y9 students currently choose to follow three of the courses listed in the table above and have 2 hours a week of each.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Subject Year 10 Year 11
English 4 hours per week 4 hours per week
Mathematics3.5 hours per week 4 hours per week
Science5 hours per week5 hours per week
Core PE2 hours per week2 hours per week
RE0.5 hours per week
Options4 x 2.5 hours per week4 x 2.5 hours per week

In the Spring term of Year 9 students opt to take four ‘option subjects’. Unless on our vocational “Bridge” pathway students must choose one of geography or history.  We also encourage students to choose a language to ensure they meet the criteria for passing the Ebacc, although they may choose not to.  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.  Additional GCSEs are offered in art, business studies, computer science, drama, DT, music (currently an additional after school option), PE and triple science.  We also offer vocational courses (Btecs/Cambridge Nationals) in child development, creative imedia, engineering, health and social care, hospitality and ICT.  Students have 2.5 hours per week of each option.  If choosing triple science this gives students 7.5 hours of science in total and counts as one option.

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.  Students have 6.5 hours of Bridge per week in year 10 and 6 in year 11.  They will miss one PE lesson a fortnight in year 10, and one per week in year 11.

Key Stage 5

The vast majority of our Y12 students take 3 A2 courses (4 hours per week each).  We also offer Further Maths as an option for a fourth A2 course, which may also be converted to an AS if students wish to sit the exam in Y12.  Mathematical Studies is also offered as an AS course over two years.

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.