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Key Stage 3

In Years 7-9 students study a broad and relevant curriculum, including the National Curriculum, which gives them the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects and enjoy many differing learning experiences, prior to having to focus on a more tailored curriculum at GCSE level. 

The curriculum has been designed to be responsive to the needs of individual students, enabling them to get a secure grounding in the basics of literacy and numeracy, where necessary, if they find learning more difficult.  At the same time, more able learners are able to benefit from the challenge of extending their learning opportunities to include a second Modern Foreign Language in Years 8 and 9.

In Year 7, all students study Art, Computing (ICT), Dance, Drama, Design Technology (including Product Design, Graphics, Food and Textiles), English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish), Music, Physical Education (PE), Religious Studies and Science.  These subjects are taught in mix of eight different groupings of students, some according to ability and some mixed ability.  Citizenship is also taught to students on a rotation across the timetable in Tutor Groups.

In Year 8, students build on the work they have started in Year 7 and continue to study the same subjects listed above.  Two classes of students who excel at Modern Foreign Languages will study an additional language in Year 8.  Classes are taught in a mix of six different groupings of students which, dependent upon the subject, are organised either by ability or mixed-ability.

In Year 9, students continue to build on their work of Year 8.  Only some students will undertake Dance in Year 9.  Classes continue to be taught in a mix of six different groupings of students which, dependent upon the subject, are organised either by ability or mixed-ability. 

During Year 9, students being to plan their individual GCSE curriculum.  This is done within the Citizenship programme, by studying the Options Booklet and through attending the Year 9 Options Evening in the Spring Term.

The Citizenship programme in Key Stage 3 takes place once every two weeks on a rotation taught by the Form Tutor or another member of the pastoral team.  The aims of the Citizenship programme are academic, social and personal and include:

  • Supporting the academic curriculum through the development of study and work place skills
  • Successfully inducting the students into critical stages of their social careers
  • Developing a caring, tolerant and respectful attitude to others and the community
  • Encouraging the growth of personal identity through a programme of activities which will increase self-awareness and promote self-esteem
  • Anti-bullying and Cyber safety
  • Free press and the media
  • Sexual and relationship education

When students transfer to secondary, we record their prior attainments at Key Stage 2 in Primary School, and use this information to set an aspirational target grade for the end of Year 11.  Students will work towards their target grade from Years 7 to 11 where their progress will be closely monitored on an individual ‘Progress Path’. We are able to track student’s progress to determine if they are working on, below or above their target grade. Appropriate intervention is designed to ensure that all our students make the necessary progress in line with their target grade.  Assessment and Effort data is reported to parents/ carers every term.