Curriculum Structure

Year 7

All students in year 7 follow courses in English, mathematics, science, technology, modern foreign languages, geography, history, art, music, computing and information technology, physical education, philosophy and ethics (RE) and drama. PSHE and Citizenship are delivered through our Learning for Life “drop down” days focussed on specific themes.

On entry to the school students are placed in mixed ability teaching classes, referred to as 7 C,E,L,F,R,H and S. For maths, students are placed in sets from the start of the year, based on assessment data received from primary schools and baseline testing on entry. A small number of students need further intervention focussed on improving their literacy skills and will have 6 hours of additional English instead of studying modern foreign languages.

English Maths Science History Geography Philosophy and Ethics Computing MFL Art Music Drama PE Tech
7 7 6 3 3 2 2 6 2 2 2 4 4

Year 8

At the end of year 7 the curriculum remains the same but students opt to study one modern foreign language. Students will no longer be in a specific teaching class, but will be in a “population” A or B, arranged to accommodate their language choice. Within the population, they may be setted according to ability, for example in science and languages or in a mixed ability group for example in drama. We are able offer flexibility in our groupings to match the needs of each cohort and there is fluid movement between sets.

English Maths Science History Geography Philosophy and Ethics Computing french or german Art Music Drama PE Tech
7 7 6 3 3 2 2 6 2 2 2 4 4

Year 9

Year 9 arrangements mirror those of Year 8. In January of year 9 we start the process of selecting options for GCSE study, but students continue to follow the curriculum in all subjects until the end of the year.

English Maths Science History Geography Philosophy and Ethics Computing French or German Art Music Drama PE Tech
7 7 6 3 3 3 3 5 2 2 2 4 3

Years 10 and 11

All students follow the core curriculum: English Language, English Literature, mathematics, science and PE.

They are then able to opt for four other subjects, chosen from: triple science, computer science, French, German, history, geography, philosophy and ethics, fine art, 3Dart, photography, drama, music, GCSE PE, food and nutrition, materials technology, fashion and textiles, health and social care, ICT and media studies. We are very proud of the wide programme we are able to offer.

GCSEs have recently undergoing significant reform. Year 11 students are continuing with some legacy GCSEs although most have been reformed and will be graded 9-1.

Again students are placed in a population, A or B, and are grouped for English, maths, science, philosophy and ethics (year 11 ) and PE. Option blocks run across the whole year group.

Year 10
English Maths Science PE Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
7 7 9 4 6 6 6 6
Year 11
English Maths Science Philosophy and Ethics PE Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
8 7 9 3 3 5 5 5 5
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