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Curriculum Overview

Bishop Perowne aims to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to all students. The courses we offer are arranged to give the most appropriate, exciting and effective education possible.  This includes the formal programme of lessons and the informal programme of extra curricular activities and other experiences including the spiritual, cultural and moral development of pupils, to make the world a better place.

Our curriculum is arranged into two stages;

  • Key stage 3: years 7 and 8
  • Key stage 4: years 9, 10 and 11

We are committed to providing education which enriches and extends the curriculum beyond the National Curriculum. We believe the arts, environmental education and sport are vital to provide breadth and balance in the curriculum.

If you would like more information about our curriculum please send an email to Mrs J Price (pricej@bishopperowne.co.uk)

Key Stage 3 curriculum (years 7 and 8):

In the core subjects of Maths and English, there has been an increase in curriculum time to allow for the new depth of the syllabus and to ensure that skills are embedded to enable future progress.

Performing Arts subjects carousel throughout the year so that all students experience Music, Drama, Dance and Art.

Technology subjects incorporate a curriculum designed around developing creativity and honing the skills required in the KS4 technology qualifications. Students complete a course of Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Resistant Materials.

Students will study one language throughout key stage three, all will study either French, German or Spanish.

The Personal, Social, Health and citizenship Education programme is delivered alongside the Religious Education syllabus. The topics are personalised to each year group and the programme of study supports both Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural and British Values.

Key Stage 4 curriculum (Years 9, 10 and 11):

The key stage 4 curriculum incorporates the core subjects of English Language and Literature, Maths, Combined Science, PE and RE.

PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is delivered through a series of drop down days across the three years.

Key Stage 4 Option Pathways

All students are placed into one of four pathways based on their attainment at Key Stage 3 enabling them to select the most appropriate options subjects and therefore maximise their progress.  The colours are orange, purple, green and blue. These pathways determine the number of GCSE or equivalent qualifications that students will obtain and also the combination of subjects that they can choose.

Our experience has shown that it is better for some students to attempt fewer GCSEs, and be more successful in these, than to attempt many GCSEs and not meet their potential in all subject areas.

Summary of Bishop Perowne Curriculum
  National Key Stage 3 (11-14 years) National Key Stage 4 (14-16 years) Accreditation
Bishop Perowne Key Stage 3 (11-13 years) Bishop Perowne Key Stage 4 (13-16 years)
Subject  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English Language M M M M M GCSE
English Literature M M M M M GCSE
Mathematics M M M M M GCSE
Science (Combined) M M C (see note 5) C (see note 5) C (see note 5) GCSE x2
Science (Biology)     C (see note 7) C (see note 7) C (see note 7) GCSE
Science (Chemistry)     C (see note 7) C (see note 7) C (see note 7) GCSE
Science (Physics)     C (see note 7) C (see note 7) C (see note 7) GCSE
Religious Education     C (see note 6) C (see note 6) C (see note 6) GCSE
Personal, Social, Religious Education (PSRE), which includes health, citizenship, mental, economic and physical development education M M C (see note 6) C (see note 6) C (see note 6) Unaccredited
Geography M M C (see note 3) C (see note 3) C (see note 3) GCSE
History M M GCSE
French M (see note 1) C (see note 1) C (see note 4) C (see note 4) C (see note 4) GCSE
German C (see note 1) C (see note 4) C (see note 4) GCSE
Spanish C (see note 1) C (see note 4) C (see note 4) GCSE
Art M M O O O GCSE
Dance C (see note 2) C (see note 2) O O O GCSE / BTEC
Drama O O O GCSE / BTEC
Music O O O GCSE
Physical Education (core) M M M M M Unaccredited
Physical Education     O O O GCSE
Resistant Materials M M O O O GCSE
Food and Cookery M M O O O NFCE
Textiles M M       Unaccredited
Computer Science M M O O O GCSE
Creative i-Media     O O O Cambridge National
Business Studies     O O O GCSE
Child Development     O O O Cambridge National
Performing Arts     O O O BTEC
Sports Science     O O O Cambridge National
Psychology     C C C GCSE
Design and Technology     O O O GCSE
Creative Studies: Craft     O O O NCFE

Key

  • M = Studied by all pupils across both KS3 and KS4 (Mandatory curriculum subjects)
  • O = Optional curriculum subjects as part of KS KS4
  • C = Conditional subject.  Student's individual pathway will determine available options
  • Note 1 = Students will study one language throughout key stage three, all will study either French, German or Spanish.  From September 2018 only French will be offered
  • Note 2 = Performing Arts subjects carousel throughout the year so that all students experience Music, Drama, Dance
  • Note 3 = All students must select either History or Geography at KS4
  • Note 4 = All students have the opportunity to study a language at KS4 and for approx. 60% of students, a language at KS4 is compulsory. From September 2018 only French will be offered
  • Note 5 = Combined science is mandatory except for all those studying Triple Science
  • Note 6 = PSRE - studied by all in Year 7 and 8 and conditional for Years 9-11 (blue and orange pathways) Unaccredited in Year 11.  RE GCSE - Years 9-11 conditional (green and purple pathways) GCSE accreditation
  • Note 7 = Tripple Science is only available in some pathways
Purple Pathway
Core Choice 1
( choose one from this list)
Choice 2
( choose one from this list)
Choice 3
( choose one from this list)
  • GCSE AQA English Lit and Lang ( 2 GCSEs)
  • GCSE Edexcel Maths
  • GCSE AQA Combined Science ( 2 GCSEs)
  • GCSE Eduqas RE
  • Core PE
  • Language – GCSE French or GCSE German dependant on course studied at KS3
  • Triple Science GCSE ( joins with combined science to make 3 separate science GCSEs)
  • GCSE AQA History
  • GCSE OCR Geography
  • GCSE OCR Computer Science
If Choice 1 is Triple Science or Computer Science:
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
If Choice 1 is not Triple Science or Computer Science:
  • GCSE Psychology
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qualification)
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • GCSE Drama /Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • Dance GCSE/Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • GCSE/BTEC Music
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • GCSE OCR Business / NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • GCSE PE/ OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science
  • GCSE Psychology
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qualification)
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • GCSE Drama /Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • Dance GCSE/Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • GCSE/BTEC Music
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • GCSE OCR Business / NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • GCSE PE/ OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science

NB: Note students are not able to choose both Performing Arts ( Acting) and Performing Arts ( Dance)

Green Pathway
Core Choice 1
(choose 1 from this list)
Choice 2
(choose 1 from this list)
Choice 3
(choose 1 from this list)
  • GCSE AQA English Lit and Lang ( 2 GCSEs)
  • GCSE Edexcel Maths
  • GCSE AQA Combined Science ( 2 GCSEs)
  • GCSE Eduqas RE
  • Core PE
  • Language – GCSE French or GCSE German dependant on course studied at KS3
  • GCSE AQA History
  • GCSE OCR Geography
  • GCSE Psychology
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qualification)
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • GCSE Drama /Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • Dance GCSE/Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • GCSE/BTEC Music
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • GCSE OCR Business / NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • GCSE PE/ OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science
  • GCSE Psychology
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qualification)
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • GCSE Drama /Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • Dance GCSE/Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • GCSE/BTEC Music
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • GCSE OCR Business / NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • GCSE PE/ OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science          

NB: Note students are not able to choose both Performing Arts ( Acting) and Performing Arts ( Dance)

Blue Pathway
Core Choice 1
(Choose 1 from this list)
Choice 2
(Choose 1 from this list)
Choice 3
(Choose 1 from this list)
Choice 4
(Choose 1 from this list)
  • GCSE AQA  English Lit and Lang ( 2 GCSEs)
  • GCSE Edexcel Maths
  • GCSE AQA Combined Science ( 2 GCSEs)
  • Core PSRE
  • Core PE
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE German
NB: if choosing a language, please select the same as has been studied at KS3
  • GCSE Geography
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qual)
  • GCSE Design and Technology
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • GCSE Drama /Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • GCSE/Dance Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • GCSE/BTEC Music
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • GCSE OCR Business / NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • GCSE PE/ OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science
  • GCSE Geography
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qual)
  • GCSE Design and Technology
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • GCSE Drama /Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • GCSE/Dance Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • GCSE/BTEC Music
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • GCSE OCR Business / NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • GCSE PE/ OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science     
  • GCSE Geography
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qual)
  • GCSE Design and Technology
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • GCSE Drama /Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • GCSE/Dance Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • GCSE/BTEC Music
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • GCSE OCR Business / NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • GCSE PE/ OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science    

NB: Note students are not able to choose both Performing Arts ( Acting) and Performing Arts ( Dance)

Orange Pathway
Core Choice 1
(choose one from this list)
Choice 2
(Choose 1 from this list)
Choice 3
(Choose 1 from this list)
Choice 4
(Choose 1 from this list)
  • GCSE AQA English Lit and Lang ( 2 GCSEs)
  • GCSE Edexcel Maths
  • GCSE AQA Combined Science ( 2 GCSEs)
  • Core PSRE
  • Core PE
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE German
NB: if choosing a language, please select the same as has been studied at KS3
  • GCSE Geography
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qual)
  • NCFE L2 Creative Studies: Craft
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science
  • GCSE Geography
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qual)
  • NCFE L2 Creative Studies: Craft
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science
  • GCSE Geography
  • NCFE L2 Food and Cookery ( or equivalent vocational qual)
  • NCFE L2 Creative Studies: Craft
  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design
  • Performing Arts( Acting) BTEC
  • Performing Arts ( Dance) BTEC
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in iMedia
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Child Development
  • NCFE Business and Enterprise
  • OCR L2 Cambridge National in Sports Science

NB: Note students are not able to choose both Performing Arts ( Acting) and Performing Arts ( Dance)

NB: For some students on the orange pathway, a slightly reduced number of subjects may be recommended to enable additional time for literacy and numeracy support. This will discussed on an individual basis.

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