Curriculum

Key stage 3

This covers just years 7 and 8 with students choosing their options at the end of year 8 so that they are ready to embark on their GCSEs from year 9.

Subjects studied in key stage 3: Art; Computing; Dance; Drama; English; Geography; History; Mathematics; Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish); PE; PSHE; RE; Science and Technology.

Students will experience all three languages during key stage 3, with the opportunity in year 8 to take our modern language immersion course. Students opting to take this course will then have 50% of their learning delivered in a designated language for the four years up to and including GCSE. Spanish will be the designated language for next year.

Key stage 4

English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science, one of History or Geography, a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish), PE (Health or Health and Fitness) and Philosophy & Ethics are compulsory GCSEs. Students can then choose a further three options from the following:

Art (Fine Art, Graphics or Textiles); Business; Catering; Computing; Dance; Drama; Geography; History; Media; Product Design; Spanish.

We have three main learning pathways at key stage 4:

Pathway 1: Triple science. Students following this pathway will normally take the full range of academic GCSEs.

Pathway 2: Double science. Students following this pathway will normally take modern foreign languages and a combination of additional academic and vocational qualifications.

Pathway 3: This pathway allows for greater flexibility within the core curriculum and offers a further choice of vocational qualifications within the options.

Key stage 5

Subjects available for study in key stage 5

A levels: Art; Business; Biology; Chemistry; English; Economics; French; Geography; German; History; Law; Mathematics; Media; PE; Performing Arts; Philosophy; Photography; Physics; Psychology; Sociology

BTECs: Applied Law; Applied Science; Health & Social Care.

The combinations of subjects available for study will depend on:

1. How subjects are blocked within the timetable (which changes every year).

2. The qualifications obtained by a student.