The curriculum 11-16 aims to deliver the subjects of the National Curriculum, the cross-curricular elements, dimensions and themes, and Religious Education in line with the appropriate Education Acts. The curriculum 14-19 aims to provide an increasingly differentiated range of opportunities for students of all abilities and aptitudes.
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KEY STAGE 3
All pupils study English (7), Mathematics (6), Science (6), Design & Technology (4), Information Technology (2), Geography (3), History (3), Religious Education (3), Art (3), Music (2), Drama (1), Physical Education (4) and French/Spanish (5). All pupils have one lesson of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education which is taught by their form tutor. All lessons are taught in mixed ability groups, apart from Mathematics where some setting is introduced during the Autumn Term. In Languages pupils spend the Autumn term learning French and Spanish and will then focus on one language for the remainder of Key Stage 3.
The organisation of the curriculum is almost the same as it is for Year 7 with the exception that Art and English have one period fewer and Music gains an additional period. These modifications are to ensure balance between subjects across the Key Stage. The majority of lessons are taught in mixed ability groups. Setting is continued in Mathematics. Students continue studying the language they chose in Year 7.
Pupils study a range of subjects including English (6), Mathematics (5), Science (8), Technology (4), Information Technology (2), Geography (3), History (3), Religious Education (2), Physical Education (3), Art (3), Music (3) and Drama (1). All pupils continue one modern foreign language with some studying a second language, if desired. All pupils have one lesson of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education which is taught by their form tutor, as well as one lesson of Preparation for Adult Life Course (PAL). Setting is arranged in English, Mathematics and Science.
KEY STAGE 4
Year 10 and Year 11
This stage of the National Curriculum leads to examinations in GCSE or GCSE equivalent qualifications. There is a common core curriculum for all pupils with an additional element of choice in option groups. Pupils make their choice of options in Year 9 following discussion and consultation. The organisation of the curriculum is as follows:
All pupils study a core curriculum. This consists of English Language (6), Maths (7), Double Science (9), and RE (3), which lead to GCSE qualifications; plus PSHCE (3) and PE (4), which are non-examination courses. Setting takes place in English, Mathematics and Science. The vast majority of pupils take an examination in English Literature as well as Language.
In addition to the core, pupils choose a number of options. All optional GCSE subjects are allocated 4 or 5 hours on the timetable in Year 10 and 5 or 4 hours in Year 11.
Pupils must choose either a Technology Course (Electronic Products, Food Technology, Graphical Products, Resistant Materials, Textile Products), Art, Drama or Music as one of their options.
Other courses are as follows:
|Design & Technology||Music|
Citizenship entitlement at Key Stage 4 is delivered partly via PSHCE lessons and partly across the curriculum.
KEY STAGE 5
Advanced Level Courses
The following subjects are offered to AS and A Level in Years 12 and 13 provided there are sufficient numbers to make teaching groups viable. The time allocation is normally 9 periods over two weeks.
All A-level students take PSHCE (1), Religious Education (2), Physical Education (4). A Sports Leaders course is also available.
|Art and Design||Biology|
|Business||Applied Business (Level 3 Extended Certificate)|
|Design and Technology: Product Design||Drama and Theatre|
|English Literature||Food Science and Nutrition (BTEC Level 3 Diploma)|
|Heath and Social Care (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate)||History|
|Mathematics and Further Mathematics||Music|
|Spanish||Level 3 Extended Project Qualification|