THE CURRICULUM

CURRICULUM BOOKLET

KEY STAGE 3: YEARS 7 & 8

The academic work of the school is organised into curriculum areas. Each is headed by a senior member of staff who is responsible to the headteacher for the organisation and teaching of the subject or group of subjects.

During Key Stage 3 all pupils follow a broad and balanced range of subjects which comply with the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our main aim is to develop knowledge, skills and understanding as a sound foundation for the future. The school has wholeheartedly embraced the National School Strategy which has helped to enhance Teaching and Learning in the classroom, and from September we will be taking advantage of the new flexibility being introduced in Key Stage 3.

YEARS 7 & 8

Subjects taught include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Languages (Spanish and French)
  • Design and Technology
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Music
  • Personal, Social, Health Citizenship and Economic Education
  • Physical Education
  • Dance
  • Religious Studies
  • Careers Education and Guidance

ORGANISATION KEY STAGE 3

The school uses a number of different ways in which to group pupils, aimed at catering for their abilities and aptitudes. Most subjects place pupils in ability sets which enable us to extend and challenge our most able pupils whilst supporting our pupils with additional needs.

Staff use different teaching and learning strategies which include whole class teaching, individual and group classroom activities and practical work. In-class teacher support and small extraction groups are used to help pupils with specific learning difficulties and to extend the most able. Parents / carers are provided annually with curriculum booklets which outline course content. In the Spring Term of Year 9 pupils and parents / carers receive a "Senior School Prospectus" which contains full details of Year 9, 10 and 11 courses. There is also an Options Day, with individual interviews, to assist pupils and parents / carers in deciding which of the courses / pathways on offer at Key Stage 4 are most appropriate.

The school believes in providing as much information, help and advice as possible to ensure pupils make the correct choices which will enable them to achieve their maximum potential.

Years 9, 10 & 11

During this Key Stage the following National Curriculum subjects continue to be compulsory:

  • For all pupils: GCSE Mathematics, English and Science
  • For most pupils: GCSE Religious Studies (those not taking GCSE have to undertake Core RE, unless withdrawn by their parents)
  • Most pupils choose either GCSE French or Spanish (pupils with an aptitude for languages, can study both)
  • Most pupils choose either GCSE History or Geography (pupils with an aptitude  for Humanities can study both)

In addition, the following are also covered, as part of the statutory curriculum:

  • Information Communication Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Careers Education and Guidance / Work Related Learning and Enterprise
  • Citizenship, Sex, Drug and Health Education

In Year 9 - 10 pupils study GCSE Science, and in Year 11 Additional Science. More able pupils who show an aptitude for the subject may be selected to study the three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) to GCSE level. At present, pupils who follow the three separate sciences study one subject after school on two evenings a week. (This gives the more able pupils the opportunity to study 10+ GCSEs). The more linguistically able pupils may choose to study a second foreign language within normal curriculum time.

Some pupils, for whom the study of 9 examination subjects is deemed inappropriate, have the opportunity of a 1 day work access placement. This provides them with the opportunity to develop essential employability skills whilst continuing with the National Curriculum core subjects and is in line with the Government's drive for personalised learning.

In addition, pupils are able to choose further courses of study reflecting their own interests and abilities. These include:

  • Media Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • Catering
  • Textiles
  • Resistant Materials
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Dance
  • Graphics and Art Graphics
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Vocational Courses in Sport or Health and Social Care
  • and a variety of Diploma and BTEC courses.