Our approach to the curriculum

  • BALANCED: to promote the intellectual, moral, spiritual aesthetic, creative emotional and physical development of the young person. 
  • RIGOROUS: disciplinary habits of mind – disciplinary specific, powerful ways of thinking that are developed through sustained engagement with the discipline, e.g. 'Think Hard'. 
  • COHERENT: designed to promote the development of capabilities across subjects
  • VERTICALLY INTEGRATED: material taught in one year builds on what was learned in previous years, and how this relates to the skills, knowlege and understanding required for GCSEs.
  • APPROPRIATE: we aim to provide challenge for students with consideration for their well-being.
  • RELEVANT: we aim to take into account the interest, needs and wishes of students, but within a framework of informed choice in respect of pedagogy, curriculum, IAG guidance and local, regional and national employment trends. 

Key Stage 3

Compulsory national curriculum subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship
  • Computing

Schools must provide religious education (RE) and sex education from key stage 3. 

Key Stage 4

During key stage 4 most pupils work towards national qualifications - usually GCSEs.

Core subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Schools must also offer at least one subject from each of these areas:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • Humanities
  • Modern Foreign Languages

They must also provide religious education (RE) and sex education at key stage 4.

English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

In performance tables, the EBacc shows how many students got a GCSE grade C or above in English, maths, 2 sciences, a language, and history or geography.