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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent and Design

Our mission is to provide an education which changes lives for the better. We work hard to deliver exciting and engaging learning opportunities enabling students to see possibilities for themselves and others. We are inclusive and provide a joyful and disciplined school culture. We believe the best way to do this is to offer a curriculum that:

  • supports students' academic success by promoting knowledge based learning.
  • is academically challenging and rigorous.
  • is broad and balanced offering both breadth and depth.
  • promotes students' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
  • offers high quality enrichment, broadening students' horizons.

Our courses in Years 7 to 11 comply with the requirements of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is reviewed each year.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The KS3 Curriculum provision is broad, balanced and fully inclusive. There is an emphasis on promoting strength and success in traditional academic subjects, but this is balanced with a desire to foster variety and personalisation in our provision.

There is a focus on developing children's moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. We ensure that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

The KS3 Curriculum is constantly reviewed and developed to not only meet the needs of our students, but to provide rich opportunities for them to develop a range of skills and enjoy memorable experiences.

Performing Arts subjects carousel throughout the year so that all students experience Music, Drama, Dance taught by subject specialist teachers.

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. Weekly tutor time sessions support the delivery of this content across the academic year.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The KS4 curriculum incorporates the core subjects of English Language and Literature, Maths, Combined Science, core PE and PSRE.

Options Process

We operate a two stage approach to our options process, providing 2 opportunities for students to make decisions regarding their future path.

In the spring term of Year 8 students are able to make choices about the 'wider' subjects they take forward. All students will continue to learn History, Geography and French alongside the usual core of English, Maths, Science, PE and PSRE.

During Year 9, students participate in a second selection process where they can choose from the subjects they have been studying in Year 9, deciding which they wish to take forward into the last 2 years of study towards their final qualifications.

Year 8 Choices / Year 9 Curriculum Year 9 Choices / Year 10 and 11 Curriculum
Core: English
Physical Education
Core: English
Physical Education
Humanities: Geography
Students select Geography OR History
Languages: French
Students select French OR German
Options: Student selected Option 1
Student selected Option 2
Student selected Option 3
Student selected Option 4
Students select 2 additional subjects to continue to a final GCSE qualification

Triple or separate sciences: students are invited to participate in triple science at the end of Year 8. This invitation is based on aptitude and progress shown across Year 7 and 8 in Science lessons

We feel that this 2 phase process best serves the interests of our students as it:

  • builds on research that says it is beneficial for students to continue with a wider curriculum until the end of Year 9.
  • provides a broader and more balanced curriculum for longer.
  • students are older when they make their final choices.
  • students are still able to take ownership over some aspects of their curriculum Year 8.

Please see below for a list of wider subjects students are able to choose from in the 2020 options process ( this is reviewed annually and may be altered each year)

Options Subjects
Our Name Exam Board Full Qualification Name
Art EdExcel GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)
Business Studies OCR GCSE Business Studies
Child Development OCR Level 2 Cambridge National in Child Development
Computing OCR GCSE Computer Science
Dance OCR GCSE Dance
Performing Arts: Dance Pearson BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts
Drama OCR GCSE Drama
Design + Technology AQA GCSE Design and Technology
Hospitality + Catering Eduqas Level 2 Hospitality and Catering
Music Eduqas GCSE Music
Psychology EdExcel GCSE Psychology
Physical Education (GCSE) OCR GCSE Physical Education
Sports Science OCR Level 2 Cambridge National in Sports Science
Religious Studies Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies

Our Year 9 curriculum design is a careful transition process, ensuring students have covered the KS3 National Curriculum requirements in depth, whilst also beginning to move students forward to tackle KS4 concepts and skills in preparation for the start of Year 10 study. Subject Leaders look for opportunities to plan content that enables students to go wider than the GCSE specification throughout Years 9,10 and 11.

If you would like more information about our curriculum please email Mrs J Price (Deputy Head teacher for Standards) on

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