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Curriculum Plan 

Key Stage 3, Years 7 & 8

In year 7 & 8 the curriculum is delivered in 3 bands.

  • Band 1 and 2 are parallel and contain similar mix and number of student groups.
  • Band 3 is our white pathway which provides a more specialised curriculum. 

50 Periods per fortnight
PSHCE is delivered as a rolling programme

 

Number of periods

English

8

Mathematics

8

Science

6

History

3

Geography

3

R.E.

2

Languages

4

Computer Science

2

Drama

2

Music

2

Art

2

Design Technology

4

P.E.

4

PSHCE

 

Total

50

Key Stage 4, Year 9,10,11

In years 9, 10 and 11 the banding system remains with Band 1 and 2 being parallel and Band 3 for the white pathway.  In year 9 our students begin their study of GCSE courses.  We offer three distinct pathways for students at Key Stage 4 dependent on ability:

Purple Pathway (English Baccalaureate)
Students study GCSEs in English, Mathematics, Double Award Science, a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish), a Humanity (History or Geography) and two additional subjects.

Green Pathway (General, including English Baccalaureate)
Students study GCSEs in English, Mathematics, Double Award Science, a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) or a Humanity (History or Geography) and two additional subjects (year 10) or three additional subjects (year 11).  Some students on this pathway can also choose to pursue an EBacc combination.

White Pathway (Vocational)
Students will study GCSEs in English, Mathematics, Science (BTEC), the Gold Curriculum and two additional subjects.

50 Periods per fortnight
PSHCE is delivered in as a rolling programme

 

Number of periods

English

8

Mathematics

8

Science (2)

8

P.E.

4

R.E.

2

Options x4

20

Total

50

Purple pathway option choices - history or geography, language, 2 free choices including separate science. 45% of students
Green pathway option choices - history or geography or language, 3 free choices. 52% of students
White pathway bespoke choices 3% of students

Key Stage 4 Options

The Key Stage 4 Options booklets can be found here.  They include detailed information about courses offered in Key Stage 4 for GCSE and BTEC.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)
The Sixth Form offers a range of Level 3 Vocational and Academic qualifications as well as GCSE resit opportunities for Maths and English.  Entry requirements are for students to achieve five grades 4s at GCSE, with A Level subjects requiring a grade 6.  The curriculum is a fully 'blended' A Level and BTEC curriculum, with the majority of students choosing to follow a personalised pathway.  These can be entirely A Level.

Homework

At Key Stage 3, the number of subjects per evening varies depending upon the teaching timetable within school.

Subject Frequency
English Two pieces of homework will be set by the class teacher each week.
1)  Directed by the teacher
2)  Independent study*
Maths

Two pieces of homework will be set by the class teacher each week.

1)  Directed by the teacher
2)  Independent study*

Science

Two pieces of homework will be set by the class teacher each week.

1)  Directed by the teacher
2)  Independent study*

History Once a week
Geography Once a week
RE Once a fortnight
Art Once a fortnight
Music Once a fortnight
Technology Once a fortnight
Computer Science Half termly project
Drama Half termly project
PE Half termly project

*           Independent study homework will vary each week and may include work such as reading, learning times tables and researching information surrounding a specific topic.

Key Stage 4

There is an expectation at Key Stage 4 that all subjects will set homework at least once a week, however additional homework may be set by discretion of the classroom teacher and this will be based around controlled assessments, mock exams and coursework deadlines.