The Curriculum: Overview

Key Stage 3 Overview: 


All students are placed in a coaching group, where they will remain from Year 7 through to Year 11, enabling continuity of support. Each group consists of approximately 15 students, with three or four students taken from each year group. The Learning Coach is the first point of contact for any student or parent, helping Year 7 students to successfully settle into College, through to assisting them as Year 11 students to manage revision and final preparation for public examinations.

The College curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, with students following a broad and balanced programme of subjects, organised in a two week timetable of fifty one hour lessons.
In Year 7, many lessons are delivered as a mixed teaching group, with some setting occurring where required. Students are also encouraged to become familiar with the College Library during the first term. In Years 8 and 9, more subjects are delivered in ability bands, enabling learning to be better tailored to the needs of individual students, challenging the more able and providing additional support where required.

In Year 9, students make their subject choices in preparation for Key Stage 4, and will be informed and guided through this structured process. This will start in January with assemblies about new subjects that are available and students will provide broad choices through the “straw poll”. This information is then used to tailor the option blocks to ensure that as many students as possible are able to access the courses they wish to study. This is a carefully supported and personalised process.

Further detail about the subjects studied in each year and important dates for parents can be found in the curriculum booklet for the year group.


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               Year 7                                     Year 8                               Year 9


 Key Stage 4 Overview:



All students have a timetable which will include the core subjects and their option choices. The College curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, and offers core GCSEs in English Language & Literature, Mathematics, Combined Science (worth two GCSE grades) plus non-examined PE and IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) for all students. In addition students take a minimum of four additional subjects through the options process in Year 9.

The option subjects available include Art and Design, Business Studies, Construction BTEC, Economics, Food Technology, French, Geography, History, ICT, Media Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Resistant Materials, Triple Science (enabling separate science awards in Biology, Chemistry and Physics). This list will vary each year depending on student choices during the options process.

All students have individual careers meetings through Years 10 and 11 to support them as they make their choices post 16 and we believe in working closely with students and their families to ensure they achieve the best outcomes that can.

The curriculum booklet for each year includes more detailed information about the courses we offer and key dates for each year group as well as information we hope you will find useful


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                Year 10                                       Year 11


Curriculum Downloads

Go4Schools Parents and Carers Information

Targets and Assessment Information



   IAG Schedule 



  Provider Access Statement



   The Curriculum Model 2018 - 2019



   Year 9 Options Booklet