Our Curriculum in Years 7 – 11

Years 7 & 8

In Phase 1 all students follow the National Curriculum. The year groups are divided into ability bands for the majority of subjects.
The following subjects are taught in Phase 1

Computer Science
Ethics, Religion, Ideas, Citizenship (ERIC)
Modern Languages
Physical Education

Years 9, 10 & 11

In Years 9, 10 & 11 students are placed in two half year bands. A blend of mixed ability and ‘setted’ teaching is used throughout years 9, 10 &11 depending on the subject style of delivery and the need to maximise student progress. Where possible, the curriculum is arranged to allow for free movement between sets so learning is matched to individual needs.

Core subjects

Separate Sciences or Combined Science
Ethics, Religion, Ideas, Citizenship (ERIC)
English Language
History or Geography
English Literature
Physical Education

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

A broad range of GCSE subjects are offered to our students, with EBacc options featuring strongly. The following subjects are offered: Computer Science, Geography, History, French, Spanish, as well as the opportunity to sit GCSEs in heritage languages. The EBacc is not a compulsory element of our curriculum, however, students studying languages as core, are strongly advised to study these facilitating subjects with a view to future study at top universities.

From September 2018 Year 9 students will study four options across a variety of subjects, including humanities, social sciences, technology, the arts, and a choice of computing qualifications, thus ensuring that a balanced variety of subjects to suit all learners is maintained.

Option subjects will be offered in line with student interest, staff availability and availability of specialist learning rooms.

Option subjects


L2 Child Development and Care
GCSE Music
Technical Award in Materials Technology
GCSE Dance
GCSE Statistics
GCSE History
GCSE Computing
GCSE Physical Education
GCSE Art & Design (Art, Craft & Design)
BTEC Performing Arts
NCFE Food & Cookery
GCSE Geography
GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Sociology
BTEC Creative Media Production
GCSE Psychology
GCSE French

You can find further option subjects information here.

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