In addition we believe in the benefits of promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils through Personal, Social, Health and Careers Education, Religious Education, Physical Education and Citizenship. This means that the School is committed to providing clearly identified Religious Education (RE), in accordance with a locally agreed syllabus, and a PSHCE programme that includes Relationships and Sex Education and Careers Education.
To help prepare pupils for life in a rapidly changing society, the curriculum aims to develop knowledge and skills in key subject areas, including ICT which is taught by specialist teachers to all pupils. The current curriculum structure reflects these and other important principles as set out in the School’s Curriculum Policy.
The School operates a one-week timetable for all pupils. There are 25 hours teaching time to be spread across each of the different National Curriculum subjects. (DFE Circular 7/90 recommends a minimum of 24 hours per week.) Each day lessons are organised in 6×50-minute slots. Some subjects are taught in 50-minute slots, such as ICT, Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages. Others are taught in combinations of 50-minute and 100-minute slots, with practical subjects generally preferring the double session of 100 minutes. Below are the curriculum models which show the number of lessons for each subject in each year. The curriculum model for Key Stage 3 (KS3) is for Years 7, 8 & 9 and the curriculum model for Key Stage 4 (KS4) is for Years 10 & 11.
Key Stage 3 Overview
Year 9 Options
Pupils choose their Year 9 options in Term 4 of Year 8. The process will be launched to pupils in a special tutor lesson in March followed by a presentation evening on the same day to Year 8 parents and pupils. Please click below for more information:
Further information, advice and guidance about our Key Stage 4 curriculum is found in the Key Stage 4 Options Information Booklet 2016 , which is also available on request from the school office.
For further information please contact the school on 01249 650693.