Subjects

We believe that in order for our students to be successful and happy our curriculum should:

  • Be broad, balanced, relevant and challenging.
  • Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of our
    students.
  • Prepare our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
  • Be memorable and enjoyable.

Faculties and subjects

English & Media
Sciences
Art, Design & Technology

Curriculum map

Key Stage 3
Hours TaughtKey Points

All lessons are in hours per fortnight. Our curriculum operates on a 2-week timetable, 25 hours per week. We have 4 lessons in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. The day starts at 8.30 with a 25 minute tutoring slot. Period 1 & 2 then break for 20 minutes. Period 3 & 4 then lunch for 45 minutes. The day finishes at 2.55pm for Key Stage 3 students.

Year 7  hours Year 8  hours Year 9  hours
English 8 English 8 English 7
Maths 8 Maths 8 Maths 7
Science 8 Science 8 Science 8
DT 4 DT 4 DT 4
Art 2 Art 2 Art 3
ICT 2 ICT 2 ICT 2
Geography 2 Geography 2 Geography 3
RE 2 RE 2 RE 3
History 2 History 2 History 3
PE 4 PE 4 PE 4
French 4 French 4 French 4
Music 2 Music 2 Music 2
Specialist Schools 2 Specialist Schools 2
  • English, Maths & Science is taught as whole year cohorts
  • There are 5 teaching groups in Y7 and Y8, 4 teaching groups in Y9
  • Drama is taught within English lessons
  • Foundation learners are dis-applied from French* for extra Literacy in Y8 & 9
  • French is taught as mixed ability in Year 7
  • DT is backed up with PE
  • PSHE is taught on a rolling 6-week programme in Year groups
  • 6 different Specialist Schools are offered in Years 7 & 8

Journalism, Musical Performance, Horticulture, Aspiring Sports Leaders, Computer Science and Creative Arts.

Key Stage 4
Hours TaughtYear 10Year 11Key Points

All lessons are in hours per fortnight. Our curriculum operates on a 2-week timetable, 25 hours per week. We have 4 lessons in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. The day starts at 8.30 with a 25 minute tutoring slot. Period 1 & 2 then break for 20 minutes. Period 3 & 4 then lunch for 45 minutes. The day finishes at 2.55pm for Key Stage 4 students. There is a Period 6 timetabled when appropriate.

Year 10  hours (classes) Year 11  hours (classes)
English 7    (5) English* 7    (5)
Maths 7    (5) Maths 7    (5)
Science 9    (5) Science 9    (6)
DT 6 (4×2) DT 6 (4×2)
RE 4 (2×2) RE 4 (3×2)
PE 2 (2×2) PE 2 (3×2)
Option 1 5 Option 1 5
Option 2 5 Option 2 5
Option 3 5 Option 3 5
Option 1 hours (classes) Option 2 hours (classes) Option 3 hours (classes)
French 5(1) Geography 5(1) French 5(1)
History 5(2) History 5(1) Geography 5(1)
Art &Design 5(1) Sociology 5(1) Art 5(1)
Media 5(1) ICT 5(1) Drama 5(1)
PE 5(1) Photography 5(1) ICT 5(1)
Sport 5(1) (Maths/English) 5(1) Music 5(1)
COPE 5(1) COPE 5(1)
Option 1 hours (classes) Option 2 hours (classes) Option 3 hours (classes)
French 5(1) Geography 5(1) French 5(1)
History 5(2) History 5(1) Geography 5(1)
Art &Design 5(1) Humanities 5(1) Art 5(1)
Media 5(1) ICT 5(1) Drama 5(1)
Travel & T 5(1) Photography 5(1) Music 5(1)
Sport 5(1) PE 5(2)
COPE 5(1) COPE 5(1)
  • English, Maths & Science is taught as whole year cohorts
  • Aspiration and more-able students are strongly encouraged to follow the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) route
  • DT is backed up with PE and RE
  • RE is a full course GCSE but short course GCSE is available for some learners
  • Humanities and Sociology are alternative options to History and Geography
  • PSHE is taught on a rolling 6-week programme in Year groups
  • Foundation learners have the option of attending College once a week

Foundation learners (dis-applied from KS3 French) are encouraged to opt for COPE at KS4 in one of the option blocks

Key Stage 5
Hours TaughtKey Points

All lessons are in hours per fortnight. Our curriculum operates on a 2-week timetable, 25 hours per week. We have 4 lessons in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. The day starts at 8.30 with a 25 minute tutoring slot. Period 1 & 2 then break for 20 minutes. Period 3 & 4 then lunch for 45 minutes. Period 5 then a short break into Period 6. The day finishes at 4.15 pm for Key Stage 5 students when timetabled, Monday to Thursday.

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Option 5 Option 6 Option 7
Art Chemistry Maths Psychology Geography Media English Lit
Biology RE Sport Science History Physics
Engineering
  • All students start at 8.30 but have the option of leaving at lunchtime if no period 5 or 6 lesson
  • Students have the option of 3 or 4 choices
    In Year 12, we expect most students to take:
    3 or 4 options
    Enrichment Studies* (compulsory)
    Registration including assemblies on Mondays
    Work Experience
    Opportunities to take part in mentoring, peer listening, leadership opportunities and a variety of extra-curricular activities
    A programme of talks and information regarding students’ higher education/career choices and other matters relevant to Year 12 experience
  • In Year 13, we would expect most students to take:
    3 options
    Registration
    An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) qualification taken by most students (equivalent to half an A level.)
    Opportunities to take part in mentoring, peer listening, leadership opportunities and a variety range of extra-curricular activities
  • PSHE is taught on a rolling 6-week programme in as a year group