About the Curriculum

About the Curriculum

The school’s approach to the Curriculum is located in the Curriculum Policy and outlined below:

Key Stage 3

Linguistic (in addition to English): All pupils study either French or Spanish; Year 8 pupils are introduced to Latin via their Classics lessons;

Mathematical & Scientific: All pupils study Mathematics and Science. In addition, Geography, compulsory until the end of KS3, includes some mathematical and scientific aspects.

Technological: All pupils study Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Computing.

Human & Social: History, Geography, Religious Studies and Classics are compulsory until the end of KS3.

Physical: All pupils participate in Physical Education on a weekly basis

Aesthetic & Creative: In KS3, all pupils study Health and Fitness, Art, Textiles, Music and Drama.

Key Stage 4

All pupils are encouraged to choose a broad range of GCSE subjects to provide a wider choice for A level study.

The vast majority of pupils study a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science and a Modern Foreign Language (or Latin) and then choose from a list of optional subjects to complete their timetables.

Both English and English Literature are compulsory GCSE subjects.

Pupils must choose a Humanities subject, but this can include Religious Studies or Classics as alternatives to Geography or History.

GCSE optional subjects available include Art, Business Studies, Computing, Drama, Food and Nutrition, PE or Music.

All pupils have a weekly Physical Education lesson that incorporates activities which support good mental health; Religious Studies is taught at all Key Stages as required by the National Curriculum. A complementary PSHE programme includes topics on personal, social, health education citizenship and relationships. Careers guidance is in place from Year 7 and follows the Gatsby benchmarks.

Curriculum overviews provide a description of content provided in every academic year for every subject in Key Stages 3 and 4.

Parents can find out more about the school curriculum by contacting communications@bggs.com