Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 is the first year of the students’ Key Stage 3 studies and is a crucial time in a young person’s education as it sees the transition from primary to secondary school. It is a challenging time, both academically and socially, for the student and one, which is helped through our close liaison with the primary schools in the months preceding the transition.

During Year 7 students continue to follow a common curriculum, which includes the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, Technology, History, Geography, Philosophy & Belief, Art, Music, Drama, Computing and Physical Education. PHSE is taught, as in other years, as a combination of lessons during tutor time and whole morning session workshops.

Year 8

Year 8 is the second year of Key Stage 3 studies. Students build on the good habits learnt in Year 7 and work towards reaching their Key Stage 3 targets.

During Year 8 students continue to follow a common curriculum, which includes the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, Technology, History, Geography, Philosophy and Beliefs, Art, Music, Drama, Computing and Physical Education. PSHE is taught, as in other years, during tutor time and whole day workshops.

Year 9

Year 9 is the final year of the students’ Key Stage 3 studies. It is a busy and very important year in which students will take examinations in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science in January. They will also be choosing their GCSE courses for Year 10 and 11.

During Year 9 students continue to follow a common curriculum, which includes the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, a modern foreign Language, Technology, History, Geography, Philosophy and Beliefs, Art, Music, Drama, Computing and Physical Education. PSHE is taught, as in other years, as a combination of lessons during tutor time and whole day session workshops.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Year 10 is the first year of the students preparation for the Level 2 examinations. It is a very important year when firm foundations are set and during which course work in many subjects is started. Modular courses in Science, Maths, Modern Languages, Business Studies, Computing, Media, Sport and Health & Social Care begin and the examinations taken in these subjects count towards the final grade.

The curriculum is based around the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. The remainder of the curriculum consists of the pathway subjects chosen by students during Year 9. PSHE is taught, as in other years, as a combination of lessons during tutor time in addition where possible, two weekly lessons in which Philosophy and Beliefs and Citizenship is taught. Some students due to taking extra subjects may receive fewer weekly lessons.

Year 11

Year 11 is the final year of the students’ Key Stage 4 studies. It is a busy and very important year in which students will take public examinations in May and June in all of their Level 2 subjects. During Year 11 students continue to follow the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science as well as their chosen pathway subjects which include the following subjects: Geography History, Business Studies, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Art and Design, Music, Drama, Design Technology, Media, P.E., Computing and Philosophy and Beliefs.

A homework timetable will be issued during the first week of term. This will be written into each student’s Homework Diary. We ask parents to monitor the completion of homework very carefully and to contact us at school if there are any issues regarding homework.