Curriculum Overview

The school offers a wide range of courses under the National Curriculum for all pupils.

Pupils are taught mostly in ability groups according to information supplied by, and in consultation with, the contributory schools.  Our own testing and assessment, together with flexibility of movement between teaching groups, ensures pupils are appropriately placed.  We pride ourselves on the small numbers in most teaching groups which allows increased individual attention.  For instance our Design and Technology groups average under 20 pupils.

All Students have a 1 hour Tutorial period, across the Timetable, with their Form Tutor. This enables the Future Studies and Citizenship programme to be delivered to individual year groups and differentiated to suit their needs and aspirations.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils take the following:

  • English
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Design and Technology/Art/Music/Drama (Carousel across the year)
  • Mathematics
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • History
  • Design and Technology/Art/Music/Drama (Carousel across the year)
  • Science
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Design and Technology/Art/Music/Drama (Carousel across the year)

In Year 9 the Common Curriculum includes all subjects taken in Year 8 but with 2 Design Technology Subjects chosen from a selection of 5 (Food, D&T, Music, Art, Drama). This enables students to specialize in 2 DT areas of interest and follow the subject throughout the whole year.

In Years 10 and 11 students follow a programme primarily of General Certificate of Secondary Education (G.C.S.E.) subjects, some of which they have chosen in consultation with their parents and teachers.  Full details of this programme of study and options are explained to pupils and parents in the Autumn and Spring term of Year 9.  Courses may involve project work and coursework, as well as final examinations.

At G.C.S.E. level all pupils study English Language, English Literature, Maths, Core (Double) Science and a selection of 4 Option choices. We recommend a broad, balanced curriculum including a Modern Foreign Language, a Humanities Subject and a Design Technology Course.

All students also follow courses in Religion & Philosophy and Physical Education.

The school’s entry policy for examinations is that all pupils who complete courses and meet coursework deadlines will be entered for G.C.S.E.

For current Y9s (starting GCSEs September 2017) the possible Option choices are:

  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Business Studies
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE D&T
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Media Studies
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Physical Education
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • GCSE Spanish
  • GCSE Additional Science (x3 extra periods – Y10 Set 4)
  • GCSE Triple Science (x3 extra periods – Y10 Set 1)
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE French
  • Eduqas Hospitality & Catering
  • CoPE (Asdan) (selected group x6 students)
  • OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT Certificate
  • Sports Technical Award
  • OCR Creative Media