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The Curriculum Key Stage 3

Students follow a curriculum based on the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9. This includes:

English, Mathematics, Science, French and German, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Computing and ICT, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education.

In Key Stage 3 there is also an emphasis on cross-curricular skills to develop the transferrable skills that the students need in all subjects. Computing & ICT is taught as part of Design Technology in Year 7, via cross-curricular themes throughout Key Stage 3 and in discrete lessons in Year 8 and 9.

The transition to Key Stage 4 begins for many students in Year 9 with core subjects moving towards GCSE when students are ready.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) Following consultation in Year 9, students start their Key Stage 4 programme. Most students study:

•English (Language and Literature) counting as two subjects for most students

•Mathematics •Science (either double or triple science) •At least one Modern Foreign Language.

In addition, students also take the equivalent of three further options from a wide range of subjects. These are reviewed annually but currently include courses in:

Art, Business Studies, Child Development, Construction, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, Hair & Beauty, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies.


Some students, for whom additional support is required, will follow a programme of Curriculum Support instead of one of their options. They are able to access additional help with English and Mathematics and extra support with other subjects.

Every student is different and the curriculum is reviewed annually in line with national changes as well as the needs of the particular cohort.

As well as examination subjects, all students follow courses in Personal, Social and Health Education, Physical Education and accredited courses in ICT and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics.

At all Key Stages, the curriculum extends beyond the fortnightly timetable. There are many opportunities for visits, workshops, guest speakers and enrichment activities which add to our students’ learning and all-round experience.

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