Curriculum

Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3)

We aim to provide students with a broad curriculum at Key Stage 3, that is challenging and engaging.  Students spend 3 years studying the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum.

Hours per week of curriculum time
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Maths 4 3 4
English 4 4 4
Science 3 4 4
Humanities 3 3 3
MFL 2 2 3
Art 1 1 1
DT 1 1 1
Food technology 1 1 0.5 (Taught on rotation)
Music 1 1 0.5 (Taught on rotation)
Drama 1 1 Taught through English
PE 2 2 2
Computing 1 1 1
PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics)

and

C4L (Citizenship and PSHE)

1 1 1

In Year 7 students study both French and Spanish, with a flavor of each language students then decide which language they will study in depth from Year 8.  The majority of students study a language to GCSE level, currently 70% of students.  However, students that sometimes struggle with literacy are given a choice as to whether they would like to study a Language or whether they would like to take an additional vocational qualification.

Year 7 Curriculum Booklet

Year 8 Curriculum Booklet

Year 9 Curriculum Booklet

In the past students have chosen their Humanities option in Year 8 to allow time for a foundation year in Ancient History.  From 2020, the Humanities option will be taken at the same time as the main option process in Year 9.  However, the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Humanities is being remodelled to ensure students have the right foundations to choose either History, Ancient History or Geography at Key Stage 4.