About the Curriculum

About the Curriculum

In the senior school, the teaching week comprises 25 hours. At KS3, the emphasis is on breadth and opportunities are presented to enable pupils to sample as many subjects as possible, whilst concentrating on gaining knowledge and developing understanding in core areas such as English, Mathematics, separate sciences, humanities, languages (both modern and classical) and creative subjects (including physical education).

All pupils study Computing and are competent users by the end of KS.  A complementary PSHE programme will include topics on personal, social, health education and citizenship. Careers guidance will also be introduced in Year 8 and continue throughout the remainder of the school career.

Areas of experience required are covered in the following ways:

Linguistic (in addition to English): At KS3 all pupils study either French or Spanish; Year 8 pupils also begin to study Latin; In KS4 pupils study at least one language at either GCSE or FCSE level

Mathematical & Scientific: At KS3 and KS4 all pupils study Mathematics and all three sciences, which are taught as discrete subjects.  In KS4 students will follow a GCSE course which will result in either one, two or three qualifications. In addition, geography which is compulsory until the end of KS3, includes some mathematical and scientific aspects.

Technological: In KS3 all pupils study Technology, Food and Nutrition and Computing.  At KS4, Food and Nutrition, Computer Science and Business & Communication Systems (of which ICT is an integral part) are offered as GCSE choices.

Human & Social: History, Geography and Religious Studies are compulsory until the end of KS3. At KS4 pupils are encouraged to choose at least one of these Humanities subjects.

Physical: All pupils receive two hours of Physical Education teaching per week until the end of KS4, with the exception of Year 10 which is 1.5 hours per week. Physical Education is also offered as a GCSE option.

Aesthetic & Creative: In KS3 all pupils study Art and Music and are optional at KS4. Dance is part of the PE curriculum until the end of KS4. Drama and the study of literature are an integral part of the English curriculum. Drama is offered at GCSE – both English and English Literature are compulsory GCSE subjects.

At KS4, most pupils study a core curriculum of English, mathematics, a modern foreign language, science (three subjects) and one of the Humanities subjects. They then choose from a list of optional subjects to complete their timetables. Pupils are able to enter for up to 10 GCSE subjects at the end of Year 11. The PSHE curriculum continues.

GCSE optional subjects available include; Art, Business & Communication Systems, Classic Civilisation, Computer Science, Drama, Food and Nutrition, French, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Spanish. All pupils are encouraged to choose a broad range of GCSE subjects to provide a wider choice for A level study.




“Pupils show positive attitudes to learning and in response to effective teaching they show real enthusiasm for working at a challenging pace. ”

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