Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview 2016-17

The School Week

We run a one-week timetable based on six periods a day of fifty minutes each, totalling thirty periods each week. (On Wednesdays, periods are slightly shorter to allow for an early finish and staff training.) Many of these are double lessons, for example in PE, Technology and in Option subjects in Years 10 and 11. Learning also takes place during tutor times every morning and afternoon, and in a host of after school clubs and activities. 

Curriculum Content

The Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum content is outlined in the new national curriculum which can be found on the DFE wesbite: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4. Pupils in Key Stage 4 follow GCSE and BTEC courses offered by different awarding bodies as indicated in the GCSE Examination Boards table below. Pupils work in a mixture of classes that are set, broadly banded and of mixed ability, dependent on the subject and stage at which it is being studied.

Personal Development Learning

Pupils in Key Stage 3 all have one lesson a week of Personal Development Learning (PDL). This covers statutory areas of Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Religious Studies. Key themes from these areas are also covered by both key stages on our Learning for Life Days when the ordinary timetable is suspended. In addition, Pupils in Year 7 have one lesson a week of The Edge where they develop broader attributes such as leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication.

A Curriculum for All                                                           

We aim for a curriculum that allows all to succeed. In Year 7, for example, a very small number of pupils who have not yet mastered basic literacy skills follow our Alternative Curriculum during some of their lesson time, where they receive an enhanced focus on literacy until they are ready to access the standard curriculum in all areas. Equally, higher attaining pupils are constantly challenged by, for example, the opportunity to take triple science at GCSE (following a clearly outlined selection policy). More academically inclined pupils are strongly encouraged to take the Ebacc suite of GCSEs (English, maths, science, a foreign language and geography or history) alongside other subjects.

Subject Details

Key Stage 3

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Number of 50 minute lessons per week
English 4 4 4
Maths 4 4 4
Science 4 4 4
Geography 2 2 2
History 2 2 2
French or German 3 3 3
Art 1 1 1
Drama 1 1 2
Music 1 2 1
ICT 2 2 2
Technology 2 2 2
PE 2 2 2
PDL (see above) 1 1 1
The Edge (see above) 1 0 0
Total 30 30 30

 

Key Stage 4

Subject Year 10 Year 11
Number of 50 minute lessons per week
Core subject: English Language and English Literature GCSEs 5 5
Core subject: Maths GCSE 5 5
Core subject: Science GCSEs 6 6
Core subject: Games (not assessed) 2 2
Ebacc subject:  Geography, History or a Modern Foreign Language GCSE 3 3
Option subject A: (Chosen from Options or Ebacc subjects below) 3 3
Option subject B: (Chosen from Options or Ebacc subjects below) 3 3
Option subject C: (Chosen from Options or Ebacc subjects below) 3 3
Total 30 30

GCSE Examination Boards

Core, Ebacc or Option element Subject (all GCSEs unless stated) Examination Board
Core English Language and English Literature AQA
Core Maths Edexcel
Core Science AQA
Ebacc subject Computer Science Edexcel
Ebacc subject Geography AQA
Ebacc subject History AQA
Ebacc subject Modern Foreign Languages – French AQA
Ebacc subject Modern Foreign Languages – German AQA
Ebacc subject Modern Foreign Languages – Spanish AQA
Option Art and Design – Fine Art Edexcel
Option Art and Design – Photography Edexcel
Option Art and Design – Textiles Edexcel
Option Art and Design – Graphics Edexcel
Option Business BTEC Pearson
Option Design Technology – Resistant Materials AQA
Option Design Technology – Product Design Edexcel
Option Drama Edexcel
Option Engineering BTEC Pearson
Option Food and Cookery Level 2 Certificate WJEC
Option ICT Edexcel
Option Media Studies AQA
Option Music Edexcel
Option Religious Studies – Philosophy AQA
Option Physical Education Edexcel
Option Triple Science (by selection process) AQA