Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students are taught a balanced and broad curriculum based on the National Curriculum (modified in line with Government guidelines from September 2014). Subjects taught are: English, Maths, Science, Art, Computer Science, Drama, Design and Technology, French, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All students follow a core curriculum in Key Stage 4 including English Language and Literature (GCSE), Mathematics (GCSE), Science (GCSE), Physical Education, Philosophy and Ethics (GCSE) and ICT.

The pathway model at Key Stage 4 guides students towards three option choices. For example, some students will be guided towards a range of academic subjects within the English Baccalaureate whereas other students may select BTEC subjects.

GCSE options are offered in: Art, Catering, Drama, French, Geography, History, Media Studies, Music, Resistant Materials and Textiles. BTECs are offered in Health and Social Care and Travel and Tourism.

Detailed information about the topics and skills covered within each department can be seen on the various subject pages of the website.

Key features of our curriculum

  • Subject specialist teaching staff
  • Smaller than average class sizes support the progress of all students in all subjects.
  • Students are taught in sets according to the grade they are working towards in different subjects.
  • A balanced curriculum promotes a range of personal, learning and thinking skills.
  • Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health education) are taught throughout the curriculum with additional enrichment days to improve the context of learning. Learning promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness wherever possible.
  • Home learning is an expectation with all subjects setting home learning tasks (project based home learning is a key feature of foundation subjects in KS3)
  • Religious Education is offered to all our students through the curriculum (with Philosophy and Ethics at KS4). A parent may request the withdrawal of their child from Religious Education with the student then following a course of supported self-study in moral issues.
  • Extra-curricular activities are offered throughout the curriculum with opportunities to participate in events such as debate mate (very successful debating skills) and sporting teams (such as football and basketball). Facilities such the school library, the ICT suite and homework club are also available to support learning
  • British Values is promoted in all our work but we specifically promote these values through our assemblies, PHSE calendar, tutor time and across our taught curriculum