Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the school covers the National Curriculum and additional statutory requirements by offering a broad and balanced curriculum.  It covers cross-curricular skills, competencies and attributes of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication (LORIC) which are a close match to the four UNESCO (IBE) competencies, self-respect, others and the community, Careers Information, Advice and Guidance.

UNESCO (IBE) Competencies

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • ICT Literacy
  • Social and Cultural (Including Citizenship)

Lessons are 50 minutes long with 6 periods a day operating on a two-week timetable.

Core Subjects of English, Maths and Science have 10 periods
Core PE and Games have 4 periods
French, Geography and History have 4 periods
Philosophy and Belief, Drama, Art, Music, Computing, Technology and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) have 2 periods


Key Stage 3 Flight Paths

All students at KS3 are placed on ‘flight paths’. This means that the work they will cover will increase in challenge as they move through Key Stage 3. To stay on their flight path they will be expected to meet these increased challenges. More information can be found on KS3 flight paths here.

Character and culture of students are developed through learning experiences in all lessons and dedicated PSHE/SMSC and Careers Education lessons and assembly and tutor programmes with a weekly calendar of events and activities.  Every day during tutor time students take part in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time to improve literacy skills, this is based on longitudinal studies proving regularly reading for pleasure is the most effective way of improving literacy skills of reading and comprehension which are key to success in all subjects.

The curriculum is continuously reviewed and adapted to ensure all students make excellent progress, whether through supporting those with lower prior attainment, or those who should be achieving the very highest grades by Year 11.

Literacy is a key competency in the school’s Curriculum and Teaching and Learning policies. It underpins the learning in every subject area. Emphasis on the development of reading (widely and often), oracy and quality of writing through extended writing.

Our focus on extra-curricular education is also an important element of the curriculum at Writhlington School, as it makes the school community cohesive, develops confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, and provides an opportunity for students to be seen as individuals.

Extra-curricular activities are delivered in the main through several key areas:

  • Combined Cadet Force which also includes a Navy Section
  • The Orchid Project
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Sports teams
  • Outdoor education which operates alongside the CCF offering Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Gold, Ten Tors
  • China Exchange with links in partnership schools where students host students from partnership schools and have the opportunity to visit them where they deliver lessons to Chineses students and take part in a Model UN conference with schools from China and Bath.
  • History and Politics students regularly take part in the Model UN Conference run for local schools in BaNES

View subject long term plans here