The Governors have adopted a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3 (KS3) to implement the National Curriculum. At the end of Year 8, an element of choice is introduced in preparation for Key Stage 4 (KS4) and a broad curriculum is followed by all, with the opportunity to study GCSE and BTEC courses. Pupils are provided with 25 hours of teaching - 25 x 1 hour lessons. The total teaching time each day is 5 hours 20 minutes, consisting of 5 hours teaching time, and 20 minutes assembly/tutor period (including 5 minutes registration).
Year 7 and 8 Curriculum (KS3)
- 7 Teaching groups in Year 8 and Year 7 (plus 1 is a literacy group per year).
- KS2 data, CAT tests, NGRT reading comprehension tests and Primary School recommendations used to place pupils in Year 7 groups.
- Groups reviewed by Christmas of Year 7 and regularly thereafter.
- Years 7 and 8 - Broad and Balanced Curriculum - same subjects for all, for example, Maths, English, Science, Drama, IT and Computing, Humanities, etc.
- Exception - literacy group has 1 period less of French.
Year 9, 10 and 11 Curriculum (KS4)
In Year 9, a degree of choice is provided. All pupils continue to study core subjects and move from the Key Stage 3 syllabus to the Key Stage 4 syllabus as appropriate to the pupils and structure of each course. Our aim is for the majority of pupils to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSE's at grade C. From 2017, pupils will receive the new numerical grades in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics.
At Key Stage 4, all pupils study three option subjects in addition to:
- English Language and Literature.
- Separate Sciences, Core and Additional Science.
- IT and Computing.
- Religious Studies.
- PE (in which pupils may choose to study BTEC Sport at First level or GCSE).
- Preparation for Working Life (PWL) (Year 9 only).