KS3 and KS4 Curriculum and Year 8 Curriculum Choices Process

Key Stage Three

All students in Years 7 and 8 study the Core Curriculum.   This curriculum has been designed with the aim of giving children a breadth of experience, ensuring they embark upon their GCSEs with a rich and varied body of knowledge and cultural experience.  The Core Curriculum timetable comprises:

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

During Year 8 full consultation takes place between staff, students and parents to support curriculum choices at Key Stage Four.

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 9, 10 and 11 study English language, mathematics, science and physical education. Religious studies and PSHE are taught across the curriculum in this key stage. All students in years 9 and 10 participate in the skills action service (SAS) programme.

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.

Year 8 Curriculum Choices Process

Before the Christmas holidays, the curriculum choices process starts with a carousel of taster sessions for subjects which your child has not studied in years 7 and 8 i.e. Sociology.  Following this day, students bring home a booklet of information (see below) to reflect on and help shape discussions.  In the New Year at Year 8 parents’ evening (Tuesday, 16th January 2018) parents and students have the opportunity to gain further information from staff about subjects that are on offer.
Following parents’ evening, parents and students will be invited to a meeting with their College Leader to talk through the students’ choices.
We will then collate all the information and shape the curriculum around this.  Timetables will be published on the parent portal before the Summer holidays.

Curriculum Choices 2019
Curriculum Choices 2019
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