Curriculum Overview - Years 7 & 8

At Key Stage 3, students experience a wide and diverse curriculum, that effectively builds on what has been taught at Key Stage 2, and prepares students to excel at Key Stage 4.

Students, who have struggled to make the transition to secondary, or have special education needs, are supported through bespoke interventions that are tailored to the needs of each student.

All lessons are 55 minutes in length, with the exception of period 4 that is 60 minutes long.

Across the two week period, students receive 52 core curriculum lessons, six personal development lessons and two act of worships.

Curriculum hours per fortnight:

Year GroupEngMaSciGeogHistREMFLArtITDramaMusicPEFoodTechReading
(Personal Development)
Enrichment
(Personal Development)
Year 78864424222242224
Year 888644242222422242

In addition, there are two tailored curriculums for two cohorts of Year 7 students.

The first is the Mandarin Excellence scheme, where students study Mandarin for eight lessons per fortnight. The second is the Access scheme which focuses on developing students’ literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to fully access the curriculum.

EngMaSciGeogHistREMFLArtITDramaMusicPEFoodTechAccessMandarinReading
(Personal Development)
Enrich
(Personal Development)
Year 7
Mandarin
78633222*2*2242*2*0822
Year 7
Access
886222222224228022

*On a rotation – a loss of one lesson per fortnight for one half term.

Curriculum Overview - Year 9

In Year 9, students experience a curriculum that allows them the opportunity to experience a range of subjects that they may select for their GCSE options. By allowing students to experience these subjects in Year 9, we ensure that students are well-informed and prepared to make their option choices for Year 10 and 11.

Across the two week period, students receive 52 core curriculum lessons, six personal development lessons and two act of worships.

Curriculum hours per fortnight:

EngMaSciGeogHistREMFLArt/Food/TechITPerforming
Arts
Social
Sciences
PEReading
(Personal Development)
Enrich
(Personal Development)
Year 988844244222424
EngEnglish
MaMaths
SciScience
GeogGeography
HistHistory
REReligious Studies
MFLModern Foreign Languages
ITInformation Technology/Computer Science
PEPhysical Education
TechTechnology
ReadingLiteracy Support/Guided Reading
EnrichEnrichment

Enhanced Provision

In addition, to our mainstream curriculum, we have an enhanced curriculum for students, who may require a more bespoke curriculum for two terms. Students are based at Warburton House and follow the vast majority of core subjects. In addition to this, students take part in enriching project-based learning and receive tailored interventions to help students be ready to be reintegrated into mainstream lessons.

Alternative Provision

As well as our enhanced provision, based at Warburton House, we also have an alternative provision, for students where mainstream lessons are not suitable. These students continue to follow the vast majority of the core curriculum lessons, and receive tailored interventions.