Students in Key Stage 3 follow an evolving curriculum. In Year 7 pupils will begin to follow the IB Middle Years Programme with Years 8 and 9 following a mastery curriculum. Between September 2022 and September 2024 the IB MYP will be phased in. The current KS3 curriculum model comprises the core subjects of Maths, English and Science (which form just under 50% of the timetable), Modern Foreign Languages, Food Technology, Technology, Art, History, Geography, Computing and PE. They also study Performing Arts which includes Drama, Music and Music Technology. The Key Stage 3 curriculum also includes discrete lessons for personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE). The range of trips and visits to complement the curriculum experience are detailed in the drop-down tab below.
The teaching of British Values is incorporated within all subjects but especially in PSHCE, History, Geography and English. The PSHCE curriculum also includes careers, sex and relationships and drug and alcohol education. RE is also delivered in Year 7 and 8 and then through the PSHCE curriculum in Year 9.
Class allocations in Key Stage 3 are created based on prior attainment data and are reviewed after each assessment point throughout the academic year; changes can be made to ensure that students are in the group best suited to their needs.
The classes within Lyceum and Delphi colleges are allocated based on prior attainment at KS2 and internal school data collected in Year 7 and 8 as we collect assessment data. The year group are taught in 4 groups for all subjects.
The classes within Lyceum and Delphi colleges are allocated based on prior attainment at KS2 and internal school data collected in Year 7, 8 and 9, as we collect assessment data. The year group are taught in 3 groups for all subjects.
English (7 Lessons)
Mathematics (7 Lessons)
Science (7 Lessons)
PE (4 Lessons)
Geography (4 Lessons)
History (4 Lessons)
Computing (2 Lessons)
Art (2 Lessons)
Languages (4 Lessons)
Food Technology (1 Lesson)
Performing Arts (2 Lessons)
Design Technology (2 Lessons)
PSHCE (2 Lessons)
TOTAL: 48 Lessons
The core curriculum for students in Years 10 and 11 covers Maths, English Language, English Literature and Science (which form just over 50% of the timetable), History/Geography, Spanish core PE (non-examined). Our evolving curriculum offer will see students in Year 10 from September 2022 all studying the Ebacc pathway. From September 2022 we also offer students the chance to study either the Trilogy Science course as an option which incorporates a blend of Chemistry, Physics and Biology or the Discrete Triple course which delivers 3 GCSE qualifications; one for each of the sciences. This is dependent on their aptitude and aspirations. The range of trips and visits to complement the curriculum experience continues to grow and develop.
In addition, students choose their individual pathway through the options process. Subjects are chosen from a range of GCSE and BTEC qualifications, all selected carefully to ensure they offer variety and currency to allow them to progress into Post-16 study and beyond.
Students choose 2 options from the list below and one of History or Geography:
The teaching of British values is incorporated within all subjects but especially in History, Geography and English. The PSHCE curriculum, including careers, sex and relationships, and drug and alcohol education is delivered through a one hour per fortnight taught lesson and through a series of theme days and curriculum events at different points throughout the academic year. Religious Education is also delivered in KS4 through focus days.
Students are taught the Core curriculum in 3 teaching groups. All students study English Language, English Literature, Maths, either Science Trilogy or Triple Science, Spanish and History or Geography. Students select a further two GCSEs or BTEC courses to study (in mixed ability groups) and all participate in Core PE lessons.
Geography Business Studies Triple Science Design Technology
Music Computer Science Food Technology Art
English (8 Lessons) Mathematics (8 Lessons) Science (8 Lessons) Spanish (5 lessons) History or Geography (5 lessons)
Students are taught the Core curriculum in 3 teaching groups. All students study English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science Trilogy. Students select a further three GCSEs or BTEC courses to study (in mixed ability groups) and all participate in Core PE lessons.
In addition students have the option to study Performing Arts and BTEC Construction.
Geography Business Studies Sport
Music Technology Computer Science Design Technology Food Technology
Spanish History Art Business Studies
English (8 Lessons) Mathematics (8 Lessons) Science (8 Lessons)
Option A (6 Lessons) Option B (6 Lessons) Option C (6 Lessons)
PE (4 Lessons) PSHCE (1 Lesson)
TOTAL: 48 Lessons
Students study BTEC/vocational or A Level courses in Key Stage 5 or a combination of both, dependent upon their GCSE results. Most students are expected to study 3 subjects in Year 12 and Year 13.
BTEC / Vocational
Single Business Studies (Double – 17 Lessons) Digital Creative Media Information Technology Double Sport (17 Lessons)
Geography History Mathematics English Literature Product Design Biology Maths
Extended Project English and Maths Level 2 resits Tutor Time Work Experience/Volunteering