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Curriculum

The curriculum of the school reflects the demands of the National Curriculum. It is designed in order to provide all students with a broad, balanced education relevant to their needs both now and in the future. The school operates a two weekly timetable cycle based upon 50 hours of lessons per fortnight.

"The curriculum is well balanced and challenges students to achieve well in all areas of learning."
Ofsted May 2015

The Key Stage 3 (KS3) Curriculum

The curriculum for Years 7 and 8 is made up of 50 teaching periods over a fortnightly timetable cycle.

 

Periods per fortnight

 Subjects

Year 7

Year 8

 English

8 hours

8 hours

 Mathematics

8 hours

8 hours

 Science

6 hours

6 hours

 Geography

3 hours

4 hours

 History

3 hours

4 hours

 Religious Studies (PHSEE & Citizenship)

3 hours

4 hours

 Modern Foreign Languages*

4 hours

4 hours

 Material Science (Product Design, Food)

 Computer Science

4 hours

6 week carousel

4 hours

6 week carousel

 Art

3 hours

2 hours

 Performing Arts - Drama & Music

4 hour

2 hours

 Physical Education

4 hours

4 hours

*In each Year the cohort is split in half (x and y). In Year 7 students study either French (Y side) or Spanish (X side). Students continue with this language throughout Years 7 & 8.

The Key Stage 4 (KS4) Curriculum

The curriculum for Year 9 is made up of 50 teaching periods over a fortnightly timetable cycle. Students can choose 3 optional subjects.

Core

Periods/fortnight

Options

Periods/fortnight

 English

9

 IT*

3 (Y9 only)

 Mathematics

9

 Option A

6

 Science

7

 Option B

6

 Physical Education

2

 Option C

6

 Religious Studies (PHSEE & Citizenship)

2

 

 

*TLM: L2 Certificate for user skills in open systems and enterprise.

Years 10 & 11

Core Periods/fortnight Options Periods/fortnight
English 8 Option A 5
Mathematics 8 Option B 5
Science 10 Option C 5
Physical Education 2 Option D 5

Religious Studies

(PHSEE & Citizenship)

2    

The Sixth Form Curriculum

The curriculum for Years 12 & 13 is spread across a 4 block structure. That is a total of 30 lessons per fortnight with 10 independent study periods and 10 non-contact periods.

Options

Periods/fortnight

Options

Periods/fortnight

Block A

10

Block B

10

Block C

10

Block D

10

Students can choose from the following: Sixth Form Options Choices Booklet

In Year 13 students will continue with 3 optional subjects spread across a 4 block structure. This is a total of 30 lessons per fortnight and 10 non-contact periods. Some students do choose to continue with 4 subjects and some opt to pursue the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).