We have divided the Curriculum page into sections based on subject area. Within each subject, you will be able to read about the curriculum offered, and access links which will be able to provide additional information.
In Key Stage 3…. each unit of work will last around 4 weeks, and will include opportunities for pupils to demonstrate their practical skills and ability to produce written work. In addition, there will be a short assessment at the end of the unit, assessment points will be based on a combination of learner work.
In year 7, pupils will begin to develop their Science practical skills while studying more detail in the following areas.. Acids and Alkalis, Light and Sound, Reproduction, Physical and Chemical Changes, Space, Classification of Organisms, Animals and Plants, Understanding Chemical Reactions and Forces.
In year 8, pupils will continue to develop their scientific investigation skills and key terms, at the same time they will undertake a host of new content. The units covered in year 8 will be Physics at Work, The Rock Cycle, Enzymes and Photosynthesis, Waves, Atoms and the Periodic Table, The human body, Exercise and Health, Movement, Separating Mixtures, Electricity and Magnetism.
In year 9, pupils begin work on the GCSE course which they will continue into year 10 and 11. See the information on Year 10.
Key stage 3
In Key stage 3 our aim is to offer a curriculum that meets the needs of all our students. With a focus on performance, skill improvement and increasing students’ fitness levels.
In year 7 ONLY students have a baseline assessment at the start of the year across key areas such as invasion games, net and racket, gymnastics and athletics. Once students have been assessed in these areas they will undertake a program of study which includes a variety of sports.
Throughout Key stage 3 students will take part in the following sports;
Football, Rugby, Cricket, Badminton, Tennis, Gymnastics, Basketball, Rounders, Athletics and Fitness
Football, Netball, Dance, Gymnastics, Badminton, Tennis, Rounders, Athletics and Fitness
Key stage 4
At Key stage 4 we currently offer OCR Sports Science. This is a coursework based subject. There are three units which are assessed by students completing various coursework assignments and the final unit is an externally assessed 60-minute examination.
The four units covered are;
RO41 – Reducing the risk of sports injuries – External examination
RO42 – Applying the principles of training – Assessed coursework
RO43 – The body’s response to physical activity – Assessed coursework
RO45 – Sports nutrition – Assessed coursework
Year 7 (French)
Identity & Culture
Me, my family and friends
Relationships with family and friends
Food and eating out
Local, national, international and global areas of interest.
Going on holiday in France
Year 8 (French)
Current and future study and employment
Life at school.
Identity & Culture
Cannes Film Festival
Clothes & Style
Year 9 (French)
Current and future study and employment
Life at school
Jobs & Careers
Identity & Culture
In Key stage 3 units of work will last termly or half termly. There will be regular short assessments and knowledge tests. In Key stage 4 units will last termly and students will be regularly tested on their knowledge and understanding. In Key Stage 5 units or work will last termly and students will be tested regularly through examination questions both in class and for home study.
In year 7 pupils will develop skills of description and explanation. They will use contemporary sources, historical interpretations and build up their historical knowledge. They will study an overview of Iron Age and Saxon Britain. They will study Roman Britain. They will study the Norman Conquest and Norman Britain. They will also study the challenge to the power of Kings up to 1500.
In year 7 pupils develop skills of description and explanation. They will learn how to interpret data including maps, diagrams and tables. They will deepen their geographical knowledge of the UK and the wider world. They will learn about China, UK population and weather and food management.
In year 8 pupils will develop skills of description, explanation and analysis. They will use contemporary sources, historical interpretations and build up their historical knowledge. They will study Henry VIII and the English Reformation. They will Study Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada. They will study the English Civil War. They will study the British Empire and the Slave Trade. They will finally study Nineteenth century Britain.
In year 8 pupils develop skills of description explanation and analysis. They will learn how in interpret data including maps, diagrams and tables. They will deepen their geographical knowledge of the UK and the wider world. They will study the Himalayas and Nepal, China, water management and food management.
In year 8 students will develop skills of explanation and analysis. They will study a number of religious sources of authority. They will learn about the Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They will study for each of these religions important people, worship and festivals.
In Year 9 pupils will develop skills of explanation, analysis and evaluation. They will use contemporary sources, historical interpretations and build up their historical knowledge. They will study the causes and events of the First World, Germany 1919-1945 including the Holocaust and the causes and events of the Second World War.
In year 9 pupils develop skills of description, explanation and evaluation. They will learn how to interpret data including maps, diagrams and tables. They will deepen their geographical knowledge of the UK and the wider world. They will study weather hazards, urbanisation and sustainability.
In year 9 students will develop skills of explanation and analysis. They will study a number of religious sources of authority. They will learn about Christianity and Islam and study for each of these their key religious beliefs, their views on the environment and finally their views on community cohesion
In year 10 students are following OCR GCSE Syllabus A (Explaining the Modern World.) In paper 1 they will study International relations 1918-2001 and the USA 1918-1948. In Paper 2 they will study Monarchy and Democracy in Britain c.1000 to 2014. In Paper 3 they will study The English Reformation c.1520–c.1550 and the development of Castles 1000–1750.
In year 10 students follow Edexcel Religious Studies B. Throughout Year 10 they follow an in depth study of Christian beliefs and ethics. They study the following areas; Christian beliefs, living the Christian life, marriage and family and matters of life and death.
In Year 10 students are following AQA GCSE Syllabus 8035. In paper 1 they will study Living with the Physical Environment with the option choices of Cold Environments, River Landscapes and Glaciated Landscapes
In Year 11 students are currently following OCR GCSE Modern World History B. For Paper 1 they learn about international relations 1945-1975 and the USA 1920-1941. For Paper 2 they learn about Britain 1945-1975. Controlled Assessment is based on the study of Nazi Germany.
In Year 11 students are currently following Edexcel RS GCSE. They study Christianity and Islam in the following areas; believing in God, matters of life and death, marriage and the family and religion, community cohesion, rights and responsibilities, environmental and medical issues, peace and conflict and crime and punishment.
In Year 11 students are currently following AQA GCSE A. For Paper 1 this is Physical Geography with option choices of The Restless Earth, Water on the Land and The Coastal Zone. Paper 2 is Human Geography with option choices of Population Change, Changing Urban Environments and Tourism. Controlled Assessment fieldwork was carried out in Grasmere, Lake District and focussed on tourism honeypot issues.
Students follow the AQA GCE Syllabus. Throughout the course they will develop their skills of analysis and evaluation by studying a wide range of contemporary sources, historical interpretations and detailed knowledge. The focus of assessment is essay writing under examination conditions and this will be developed, tested and improved throughout the course. Across the two years they will study Tudor England 1485-1603 and Revolution and dictatorship in Russia 1917-1953. They will also undertake and personal investigation.
Students follow the AQA GCE Syllabus. Throughout the course they will develop their skills of application, analysis and evaluation by studying a wide range of topics including, changes in the family in modern society, the changing nature of education, the impact of globalisation and crime and deviance. This course is a 100% exam assessed with three, two hour papers at the end of the second year.
Key Stage 3
In Key stage 3, students receive a wide and varied learning experience that allows them to develop skills and techniques through many disciplines. Students also develop their written and oral skills throught the evaluation of their work and the work of others, as well through the analysis of the work of historical and contemporary artists
In year 7, students begin the creative process exploring the basics of portraiture, developing drawing, printing and design skills, that lead on to their designs being transformed into a clay gargoyle sculpture. The 2nd project that the students do is based on the designer Lucienne Day. Students develop their observational drawing skills to create and develop their own repeated pattern designs and applique skills.
In year 8 students develop their observational skills further by exploring a wide use of different media and markmaking techniques, that are inspired by the pen and ink drawings of Van Gogh. Students will produce a series of detailed and realistic drawings. In contrast we then look at the world of Abstract Art and the works of Kandinsky, where students develop their understanding of shape and colour to express feelings and emotions.
Students revisit portraiture and develop a series of works based on their own personalitites and interests. Students are expected to explore the media and techniques more creatively and independently. Students then explore the world of typography and graphic design, where they will develop their knowledge and understanding of the use of text and image in every day products and advertising.
Key Stage 4
AQA GSCE Art and Design. Students study this course for 2 years in year 10 and 11. The course requires them to complete a minimum of two coursework projects (60% of the overall grade) Students then chose an exam question issued by the board that completes the controlled assessment which includes a preparation time then a 10 hour exam to complete their final piece of work. (40% of the overall grade). This course allows the students to explore and develop a wide range of skills and techniques, through many disciplines.
AQA A-Level Art and Design. This course is an extension of the GCSE course, but there is a greater expectation of students working more independently to create an imaginative and creative portfolio.
In Key Stage 3, units of work cover a half term with a formal assessment at the end of each unit. Pupils are assessed on their skills in reading, writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar. All Key Stage 3 students take part in the Accelerated Reader Programme within curriculum time.
In year 7, pupils cover the following areas: modern literature; pre 20th century literature; transactional writing; a Shakespeare play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream; review writing and medieval literature.
In year 8, pupils cover the following areas: dystopian and creative writing; a Shakespeare play – Julius Caesar; report and autobiographical writing; a conflict themed novel; persuasive writing and conflict poetry.
In year 9, pupils follow a curriculum that mirrors the GCSE curriculum which covers the following areas: modern British literature; creative writing, poetry across time, a British play – Blood Brothers and different types of transactional writing.