Curriculum Overview

We are proud of our curriculum, which is broad, balanced and ensures every student has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. In KS3, students study the full range of subjects. In Year 8 they have the opportunity to select from a small number of options in addition to the core offer.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8):

When students join us in Year 7, they are initially taught for some of their lessons as a form group. This allows students to settle in by getting to know other students in their form as they start to find their way around the building together. In some practical subjects students are placed into mixed ability groups based on a range of available data. In English, Science ICT and Geography students are placed in broad ability groups based on their KS2 data.

In Year 7 students will study the following subjects:

Art, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, PE, PSHCE, RS, Science, Spanish & Technology.

In year 8 students continue to study all these subjects, but also have the opportunity to study French or Latin as a second language

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11):

Students opt for their KS4 courses at the end of Year 8, allowing them three years to study their chosen subjects. Year 9 gives students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of their chosen subjects in greater depth, providing a firm foundation for studying the accredited courses in Years 10 and 11. Students receive a wealth of information and guidance when choosing their options; we know this can be a very difficult process. Students follow a core curriculum of English, Maths, PSHCE, PE, RS and Science. They then choose three option subjects from the wide range of courses on offer:

Ancient History, Art & Design, Computer Science, Creative iMedia, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, French, Geography , Geology, History, Latin , Media Studies, Music , Music Technology (NCFE Level 2), Physical Education, Spanish.

This guided option ensures that students follow a broad and balanced curriculum with an appropriate academic diet.

At KS4 students are taught the core subjects in 2 half year groups. Each half year group is split by ability for English, Maths, RS & science. The options are taught across the full year group with some setting by ability, and some mixed ability groupings.

Key Stage 5:

The majority of our sixth form students embark on studying 3 A levels or Level 3 courses. A number of students study BTEC qualifications in Performing Arts or Sport. Each subject is allocated 5 periods a week. A wide range of options are available. All our Year 12 students are allocated one period of study time, per subject, per week. Each subject teacher indicates extra activities that students should undertake independently to improve their learning. Quiet, supervised study rooms, along with a number of ICT facilities are provided for this purpose.

All students also participate in our enrichment programme, which involves students in a variety of activities which includes work experience, charity work, the EPQ programme and arts and music clubs.