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Curriculum

 

It is our belief that the in the early stages of their school career the majority of students do not have a clear idea of the direction they may wish to take in later life. As a result we provide students with a broad and balanced curriculum from the moment they join us in Year 7, enabling them to experience a range of subjects throughout their time at the school. As they progress through the school students have the opportunity to narrow down the number of subjects they will study during the GCSE and A Level options process. However they will be able to choose from a broader range of options as new subjects are added at these points.

For subject specific information please click the appropriate faculty and subject links.

Key Stage Three: Years 7, 8 and 9 

The aim in the first three years is to give all pupils a sound basis in skills and content that generally follows National Curriculum requirements, whilst also preparing them for the examination courses which will follow later. In key stage three, all pupils usually study the same range of subjects that reinforces and then builds upon their Key Stage 2 experiences. Variations may exist due to individual educational needs or to provide specific student with the opportunity to study languages such as Polish or Guajarati. In either circumstance such routes will be discussed with parents/carers beforehand.

A visual representation of the key stage three curriculum is shown below. (Lesson hours per fortnight are shown in brackets)

KS3 Curriculum

Key Stage Four: Years 10 and 11 

For most students the culmination of all of their studies comes together in the work they do in Years 10 and 11. As well as continuing their studies in English, Mathematics and Science, students now have an opportunity to specialise and select subjects from four option blocks.

All of the subject courses offered lead to GCSE and other recognised qualifications at the end of Year 11.

The range of option subjects available includes: Geography, Film Studies, History, RE, Art, Drama, Music, Dance, PE, Spanish, French, Gujarati, Polish, ICT, Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Material, Textiles, Media Studies, Leisure & Tourism, Health & Social Care and Business Studies.

A visual representation of the key stage four curriculum is shown below. (Lesson hours per fortnight are shown in brackets)

KS4 Curriculum

Additional core curriculum

Throughout both key stages students also complete lessons in Personal, Health and Social Education (PHSE), Core Physical Education and Religious Education.

Key Stage Five: Years 12 and 13 

For information about key stage five, please access the Sixth Form area of the website.

 Faculty links

Art and Design Faculty

Communications Faculty

English Faculty

Extended Studies Faculty

Humanities Faculty

Mathematics Faculty

Performing Arts Faculty

Science Faculty