KS3 and KS4 Curriculum

Key Stage Three

All students will study the full KS3 National Curriculum throughout years 7-9. This curriculum has been creatively designed to provide a breadth and depth of learning experiences, ensuring that students are fully equipped with the fundamental skills and cultural capital required to begin their GCSE courses in year 10.

The Core curriculum timetable comprises (Year 7 and Year 8):

  • Seven hours each fortnight of both English and mathematics, reflecting the centrality of literacy and numeracy to children’s success in all subjects.
  • Six hours each fortnight of science, divided into biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Four hours each fortnight of PE, a modern foreign language, and Skills, Action, Service (SAS).
  • Three hours each fortnight of history and geography.
  • Two hours each fortnight of art, computing, DT, drama, music and STEPS

Curriculum specialisms

In year 9, students have the opportunity to specialise in 4 subjects, which they have a particular interest in. This enables students to develop a deeper understanding of KS3 content in areas that they are passionate about. Students may choose to continue this subject to GCSE level in year 10. The year 9 curriculum is supplemented by an enrichment programme.

The Core curriculum timetable comprises (Year 9):

  • Eight hours each fortnight of both English and mathematics, reflecting the centrality of literacy and numeracy to children’s success in all subjects.
  • Nine hours each fortnight of science, divided into biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Four hours each fortnight of PE.
  • Three hours each fortnight of students’ four chosen specialisms.
  • Nine hours each fortnight of enrichment pathways

Key Stage Four

The Key Stage Four curriculum is designed to give students every opportunity to achieve their full potential and to maximise the choices available to them at post-16.

All students in Years 10 and 11 study English language, mathematics, science and physical education. Religious studies and PSHE are taught across the curriculum in this key stage.

There is a considerable amount of curriculum choice available within all of the pathways we offer. Students can choose to study from a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications. College Leaders will always support students in their college to make appropriate choices, maintaining an overview of the student and possible destinations post-16 and beyond.