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Curriculum Information

"...teaching is inspiring and students are keen to learn." (Ofsted)

We are committed to working closely with you to make sure that all our students can realise their full potential. If you wish to talk about your child's needs, please telephone the School Reception and our Receptionist will arrange an appointment with an appropriate member of staff.

Key Year Group specific curriculum information including presentation notes from the Parent Partnership evenings, curriculum booklets and any policies or guides relevant for that year can be found by clicking the icons below.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 curriculum comprises the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design & Technology
  • A Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish)
  • Physical Education, incorporating Dance
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Computing
  • Personal, Social and Health Education

The number of lessons for many of the subjects varies in each year both for the whole year group as well as for individual classes in order to maximise transition from Key Stage 2 and their the progress in key areas throughout Key Stage 3. Please click here for further details.

Year 9 is a transition year from Key Stage 3 to GCSEs and many subjects start to prepare students for their GCSE, either by teaching material directly related to the Specification or developing a greater understanding of the key concepts and skills required for the GCSE examinations.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students follow different pathways depending upon their ability. This allows them to study an individualised curriculum, which ranges from a set of full GCSE courses, to a pathway that includes  some vocational courses, some of which are studied either partly or offsite. Some students will do fewer GCSEs to allow time for additional Maths and English lessons or for 1:1 tuition. A few students may also be offered a work placement as part of their curriculum offer.

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum spans Years 10 and 11.  All students follow a basic curriculum, which consists of:

  • English Language & English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design & Technology (Graphics; Resistant Materials; Food Technology; Electronics or Textiles)
  • Computing
  • Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship
  • Physical Education

Students will be entered for either English Language and English Literature at GCSE level, or a combined English GCSE. 

All students study Double Award Science, which gives 2 GCSE passes with more able students completing the three Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs. Statistics is also currently studied at GCSE level by our most able Mathematicians.

In addition to this, students can opt to study up to three subjects from a range of options. The subjects on offer are constantly reviewed in the light of new initiatives. Courses currently being studied are:

  • Art GCSE
  • Child Development  CN
  • Dance GCSE
  • Drama GCSE
  • Religious Studies
  • French/German/Spanish GCSE
  • Geography GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • Sociology GCSE
  • Music GCSE
  • Photography GCSE
  • Creative iMedia CN
  • Systems Control in Engineering CN