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 students study English (7), Mathematics (7), Science (6), Design & Technology (4), Information Technology (2), Geography (3), History (3), Religious Education (3), Art (2), Music (2), Drama (2), Physical Education (5) and French/Spanish (4). All students 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 students 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. 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.
Students study a range of subjects including English (6), Mathematics (7), Science (6), Technology (4), Information Technology (2), Geography (3), History (3), Religious Education (3), Physical Education (3), Art (3), Music (2) and Drama (2). All students continue the modern foreign language selected in Year 7. All students 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 Mathematics and Science.
KEY STAGE 4
Year 10 and Year 11
This stage of the National Curriculum leads to examinations in GCSE qualifications. There is a common core curriculum for all students with an additional element of choice in option groups. Students make their choice of options in Year 9 following discussion and consultation. The organisation of the curriculum is as follows:
All students study a core curriculum. This consists of English Language and Literature (7), Maths (7), Double Science (9), and RE (3), which lead to GCSE qualifications; plus PSHCE (2) and PE (3), which are non-examination courses. Setting takes place in Mathematics and Science.
In addition to the core, students choose a number of options. All optional GCSE subjects are allocated 5 hours on the timetable in Year 10 and Year 11.
Students may choose any combination of GCSE subjects but a broad and balanced curriculum is strongly advised.
Other courses are as follows:
|Design & Technology||Music|
|ICT||Technology (Electronics, Graphics or Resistant Materials|
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 A Level in Year 13 provided there are sufficient numbers to make teaching groups viable. The time allocation is 9 periods over two weeks.
All A-level students take Religious Education (1), Physical Education (4).
|Art and Design||Biology|
|Computing||Design and Technology: Product Design|
|Drama and Theatre||Economics|
|English Language||English Literature|
|Food Science and Nutrition (BTEC Level 3 Diploma)||French|
|Geography||Heath and Social Care (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate)|
|History||Mathematics and Further Mathematics|
|Level 3 Extended Project Qualification|