School Curriculum

The School offers both a traditional and forward looking curriculum, fully implementing National Curriculum requirements. All students study English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education, Computing and Physical Education throughout the School. In addition, the following subjects are studied:

Year 7, 8 and 9

Geography, History, French, Music and Art and Design. Drama is integrated in English provision. Technology is taught by staff from a number of subject disciplines e.g. Design Technology, Food Technology and Graphics. Students who have difficulties in English have slightly less time in Modern Foreign Language lessons. Some students will have the opportunity to study Spanish as an additional language in Years 8 & 9.

Year 10 and 11

A choice of subjects is made from a wide range of Options depending on the individual’s personal abilities and interests. GCSE subjects offered include:

Art & Design, Art & Design (Textiles), Art & Design (Photography), Art (Graphic Products), Design Technology (Resistant Materials), Design Technology (Food Preparation and Nutrition), Dance, Music, Business Studies, History, Geography, Religious Studies, French, Spanish, Psychology, Computing, Information & Communication Technology and Physical Education. Each student is encouraged to follow a broad range of subjects and not to specialise in particular subject areas too early. Steps are taken to ‘personalise’ subject choices for each student with a series of Options’ pathways enabling students to maximise their own progress and attainment. Information & Communications Technology is also provided through subjects of the curriculum and discrete taught time.

The Personal, Social and Health Education programme in Years 7 – 11 includes the cross-curricular themes of Environmental Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Careers Education and Guidance, Citizenship, Enterprise Education, Health and Sex Education and other aspects of Work Related Learning. These themes are also contributed to in a number of other curriculum areas and students undertake ‘Student Development Days’ in Key Stages 3 and 4. The programme supports the School commitment to the development of Healthy Lifestyles and wider decisions by students.