As our students make the transition into Key Stage 3 they take the full range of National Curriculum subjects. They study Maths, English, Science, PE, Computing, Technology, Humanities (Geography, History, RE and Citizenship), Music, Art and Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish and French). In Key Stage 3 students also follow an accelerated reading programme.
Students study the KS3 curriculum through Year 7, 8 and 9. However some content from the KS4 programme of study is introduced throughout Year 9 in Maths and Science.
In the second term of Year 9, students are made a curriculum offer for Key Stage 4 with a core comprising English, Mathematics, Science, PE and PSHE; they are also able to choose their options at this point.
The courses offered as options differ according to the choices that we recommend for each student. Some will be offered GCSEs, some will choose from vocational courses, and others will be offered a mix of the two.
In deciding which curriculum offer is the best for each individual student, we look at assessment data from our feeder schools, our own teachers' assessments, and core subject predictions from Fischer Family Trust. We also take into account individual students' particular needs, such as whether they need extra help with skills such as literacy.
The guiding principle behind our pathways curriculum is to enable students to be successful. It is also designed to put them in the best position to take the opportunities open to them after KS4 which are thoroughly catered for with our KS5 provision.
In KS5 we offer around 30 A Level courses, enabling students to compose a programme of study that meets their individual needs, supporting progression onto the next step beyond the Sixth Form. It doesn’t stop with just A Levels. There are a range of vocational course in IT, Business, Media, Childcare, Health and Social Care and Science. In addition to this many students carry out an extended project qualification that can further enrich their educational experience. The full list of courses available is in our sixth form prospectus and on the departmental curriculum pages.