Key Stage 3 Curriculum
We believe that all children are individuals with different strengths, skills and aptitudes. We therefore offer a curriculum which is not only broad and balanced but also gives opportunities for students to develop their understanding and knowledge in a stimulating and inspirational environment, creating lifelong learners. In order to maximise learning, securing good progress in English and maths in particular, we run a two-week timetable allowing greater flexibility and opportunity for all students.
The PSHCE programme addresses all the requirements of PSHCE and Religious Education.
All students are taught Computer Science across Key Stage 3.
Building on the success of our best ever results we are creating an ‘Express Group’ in Year 7 and 8 for students who have the drive, commitment and potential to achieve A and A* at GCSE. This group will have focussed support and intervention as well as a series of master classes to ensure progress. The students who are invited to join the ‘Express Group’ will engage in a bespoke curriculum focussing on traditional academic subjects with a direct link into outstanding post colleges and universities.
Across Key Stage 3, literacy is supported for all students using the Accelerated Reader program. We also support students with additional literacy needs with a bespoke literacy scheme.
Years 7 and 8 – Number of Periods per Fortnight
English – 8 periods
Maths – 8 periods
Science – 7 periods
Physical Education – 4 periods
Modern Foreign Languages – 4 periods
Design Technology – 3 periods
Computer Science – 3 period
History – 4 periods
Geography – 3 periods
Creative Arts (Drama & Music) – 1 period
Art – 2 periods
PSHCE and Religious Education are delivered through a rolling program throughout the year.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
In Key Stage 4, students will be offered a wide variety of courses that both suit their abilities and their aspirations. English, Maths, Science are all compulsory. Students will be offered an appropriate selection of courses and options at either GCSE level or BTEC level one and two. An identified cohort of students will follow the appropriate courses that will meet the requirements of the English Baccalaureate. The English Baccalaureate subjects are English, Maths, Science, MFL and Humanities.
Students will follow the most appropriate pathway:
Pathway 1: All GCSE courses with triple Science Award covers all elements of the English Baccalaureate.
Pathway 2: All GCSE courses with Dual Science Award with more flexible options choices. This includes either one MFL or one Humanities subject.
Pathway 3: Combination of GCSE and BTEC courses with Dual Science Award. This includes either one MFL or one Humanities subject.
All aspects of RE, Citizenship, Careers and sex education will be delivered through the PSHCE programme. This programme will also provide students with the opportunity to follow the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.
Years 9, 10 and 11 – Number of Periods per Fortnight
English – 9 periods
Maths – 8 periods
Science – 8 periods
Options 1 – 6 periods
Option 2 – 6 periods
Option 3 – 6 periods
Option 4 – 6 periods
Core PE (Years 10 and 11) – 2 period
From Year 9 onwards, students will be expected to follow a Cambridge Nationals Award in Sports Science.
The range of courses on offer in the options pathways are:
GCSE Art and Design, GCSE Art and Textiles, GCSE & BTEC Childcare, GCSE Product Design, GCSE Media Studies, GCSE French and Spanish, GCSE German, GCSE History, GCSE Geography, GCSE Music, GCSE Separate Sciences, GCSE Drama, GCSE ICT/Business Communications, GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Physical Education, Cambridge National Sports Science Award, GCSE RE, GCSE Food Technology, GCSE Photography, Cambridge National Health and Social Care Award.
The range of courses are reviewed annually and will respond to the interest and skills of the students in the school.
For more information on our curriculum or any of the courses that we offer, please contact us on 0151 477 8680.