Curriculum

The National Curriculum core and other foundation subjects and religious education are studied by all students at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). In addition, these students take drama and PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education).

An outline of the Key Stage 3 curriculum is available here.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), the curriculum includes a ‘core’ and a system of constrained options. The core subjects are: English (language and literature); mathematics; science (double certificate or three separate sciences); physical education; religious education; citizenship.

As from September 2014, the Key Stage 4 options structure structure ensures that the all students take at least one of a foreign language (French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese or Latin), history, geography or, for a small group, the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) course. The options structure also enables pupils to take three other subjects chosen from: technology (resistant materials; graphic products; engineering; food technology; textiles); a second language; fine art; graphic art; drama; music; history; geography; business studies; physical education; computing; health and social care.

An outline of the Key Stage 4 curriculum is available here.  The 2015 options booklet which describes the courses offered is available here.

In the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13), a wide range of courses is offered to prepare students for higher and further education, training and employment. Most students will take four subjects to AS level in Year 12 and continue with at least three of these subjects in Year 13 to take the A2 examinations required for the award of A level grades. All Year 12 students take general studies through which the statutory requirement for religious education is delivered. All students will also have the opportunity to continue with this programme into Year 13.

The sixth form curriculum is summarised in the sixth form prospectus, which is available here.

Throughout the curriculum, we aim to prepare our students for life in modern Britain.  A description of the ways in which we do this is available here.