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 the GCSEs from year 9.

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

With regard to MFL all students experience the 3 languages throughout years 7 and 8.

Students from year 8 can opt for our modern language immersion course in which 50% of their learning will be delivered in the designated language for the four years up to and including GCSE. Spanish will be the designated language for 2014-15.

Key Stage 4

Subjects available for study in key stage 4. Note that English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, one of History or Geography, a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish), PE (incorporating one of PE, Sports Studies and Health and Social Care) and Philosophy & Ethics are compulsory GCSEs. Students can choose a further 3 options from the following:

Art; Business; Catering; Dance; Drama; Music; History; Media; Product Design; Spanish; Travel and Tourism.

We have three main learning pathways at key stage 4. One allows students to take triple science and normally those students would take the full range of academic GCSEs. The second pathways usually involves students studying double science GCSE, modern foreign languages and a combination of additional academic and vocational qualifications. The third pathway allows for greater flexibility with regard to the selection of modern foreign languages and history or geography within the core curriculum and further choice of vocational qualifications within the opitons.

Key Stage 5

Subjects available for study in key stage 5

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

BTECs: Applied Law; Applied Science; Health & Social Care; Sport and Travel and Tourism

The combinations of subjects available for study depends the how they have been blocked within the timetable (which changes every year) and the qualifications obtained by each student.