Curriculum

We believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum in Key Stage 3, with an increasing degree of choice as students mature.  Our aim is to provide high quality teaching of established and recognised subjects which have both educational merit and credibility in the world beyond school.

The school seeks to conform strictly to the legal requirements of the National Curriculum (and those for Religious Education).  Within the limits of the resources we are given, we make extra provision for students with Special Educational Needs, seeking in particular to improve literacy skills in Key Stage 3.  Personal, Social and Health Education is provided across the curriculum and this includes Sex Education.

From September 2010 we changed to a two year KS3 (Years 7 and 8) and a three year KS4 (Years 9. 10and 11) this  enables us to, offer a more flexible and individual curriculum for students, respond to changing national curriculum developments  and to maintain our traditional high standards.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) all students follow a common curriculum:  English, Mathematics, Science, French, German, Design Technology, History, Geography, PE, Art, Music, Drama and Religious Studies.  ICT is taught through the medium of these subjects (with specialist teaching of ICT skills), as is Citizenship.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 and 11) there is a balance of core and option subjects, leading to GCSE examinations in 11/12 subjects.  The Core subjects are:  English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, two Science GCSEs and a modern language.  Students have a wide choice of Options: History, Geography, second modern language (French, German or Spanish), Art, Design Technology, Music, PE, Drama, Business, Media, Expressive Arts, Latin and Religious Studies.  All students also follow non-exam courses in Religious Studies, PE, Health Education, and ICT.  All pupils are also involved in Work-related learning (including Work Experience) and Enterprise Education.

National Curriculum September 2014

 Further curriculum details concerning KS4 may be found in the KS4 Curriculum area.