Curriculum

We aim to build a personalised curriculum for every child and there are opportunities to study academic subjects, such as separate sciences, modern languages and psychology, as well as vocational subjects such as hairdressing and Engineering.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 & 8: On entry to the school students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum which establishes rigorous benchmarks from which students will make rapid progress. Students will be taught in broad mixed ability classes except in the core areas of Maths and English where their attainment at Key stage 2 will be used to establish appropriate setting.

Year 9: Students start their option subjects in Year 9In English, Maths and Science students are allocated sets guided by their attainment at the end of Key stage 2 and progress in Year 7 and 8 (as appropriate). Initial setting is also guided by Teacher Assessment from Year 8. Once baseline assessments have been established then setting is adjusted as appropriate

Key Stage 4

In Year 10 & 11 students are taught in ability sets for English, Maths, Science and ICT Students are able to choose from 3 Option subjects which are taught as mixed ability with a 3 hours per week allocation. 

We provide a rigorous and broadly academic curriculum which includes traditional GCSE and a range of BTEC qualifications.

Personal Social Health Education 2017-18

Post 16

Students enter the Sixth Form with a wide variety of subject choices at both AS, A and BTEC National level. The Post 16 curriculum:

  • Addresses the prior attainment of students at Key stage 4.
  • Provides rigorous, well balanced and varied learning opportunities.
  • Provides clear progression routes from Key stage 4.
  • Facilitates entry into Further and Higher Education.
  • Meets the requirements of the EFA’s new funding arrangements and 16-19 Study Programmes.
  • Addresses the requirements of Raising the Participation Age (including all students Post 16 to have or be studying towards C Grade GCSE Maths and English).

Each student is required to meet a basic entry requirement for Level 3 courses of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least 4 subjects. Each student at Level 3 will be expected to:

  • Choose 3 or 4 AS / A level courses which have 9 hours of contact time per fortnight.
  • Attend timetabled Study periods for each subject chosen
  • Attend a Guidance lesson

The range of subject options available to students is set out below:

If you wish to find out more information about the curriculum being followed in any subject please contact Mr Andy Allman, Parental Liaison Officer.