Curriculum Provision

Curricular Aims

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 GCSEs at grade 5. From 2019, all subjects will be assessed using the numerical system.

At Key Stage 4, all pupils study three option subjects in addition to:

  • English Language and Literature.
  • Mathematics.
  • Separate Sciences, Core and Additional Science.
  • Technology.
  • IT and Computing.
  • Religious Studies.
  • PE
  • Physical, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) (Year 9 only).