Curriculum Plan and Overview

We are extremely proud of the broad and balanced curriculum we offer to all of our students. We aim to challenge all of our students and to help them make the best progress possible. Our curriculum is designed to provide appropriate challenge to all students and foster an enjoyment of learning.

Our timetable is structured around a two week timetable with each day consisting of five one-hour lessons. In addition, each school day begins with a 25 minute tutorial session with every student having a personal tutor to provide academic and personal development support and guidance.

In Year 7, students complete tutorial projects focused on: Introducing the 5Rs, Introducing CEG, Metacognition, Learning Together, a National Competition, Physical & Mental Wellbeing, Charity Fundraising. They study thirteen subjects over the two week timetable: English (8 lessons), Maths (8 lessons), Science (6 lessons), Computer Science (2 lessons), Geography (3 lessons), History (3 lessons), a Modern Foreign Language (5 lessons), Personal Development (3 lessons), P.E. (4 lessons), Art (2 lessons), Catering (1 lesson*), Drama (2 lessons), Music (2 lessons) and Resistant Materials (1 lesson*). Catering and Resistant Materials are learned in "blocks" so one term a student would have 2 Catering lessons a fortnight, the next they would have 2 lessons of Resistant Materials.

In Year 8, students complete tutorial projects focused on: The 5Rs, Enterprise Project, Online Safety, CEG and Personal Finance, Uganda Penpal Project and a Diversity Assembly Project. They study thirteen subjects over the two week timetable English (8 lessons), Maths (8 lessons), Science (6 lessons), Computer Science (2 lessons), Geography (3 lessons), History (3 lessons), a Modern Foreign Language (6 lessons), Personal Development (2 lessons), P.E. (4 lessons), Art (2 lessons), Catering (1 lesson*), Drama (2 lessons), Music (2 lessons) and Resistant Materials (1 lesson*). Catering and Resistant Materials are learned in "blocks" so one term a student would have 2 Catering lessons a fortnight, the next they would have 2 lessons of Resistant Materials.

In Year 9, students complete tutorial projects focused on: Remembrance Day Assembly Project, The F Word, CEG Options and Flight Paths, LGBT Assembly Project, Healthy Minds and The Environment. They study thirteen subjects over the two week timetable: English (8 lessons), Maths (8 lessons), Science (6 lessons), Computer Science (2 lessons), Geography (3 lessons), History (3 lessons), a Modern Foreign Language (6 lessons), Personal Development (2 lessons), P.E. (4 lessons), Art (2 lessons), Catering (1 lesson*), Drama (2 lessons), Music (2 lessons) and Resistant Materials (1 lesson*). Catering and Resistant Materials are learned in "blocks" so one term a student would have 2 Catering lessons a fortnight, the next they would have 2 lessons of Resistant Materials.

In Year 10 and Year 11 students continue with the tutorial programme, keeping the wide ranging topics but the focus on revision skills and preparation for exams increases. They study eight subjects over the two week timetable: English (8 lessons), Maths (8 lessons), Science (10 lessons*), Personal Development (2 lessons), P.E. (4 lessons*), 3 option courses (6 lessons each). Students selected to study Separate Sciences receive two more science lessons per fortnight.

Option subjects currently include:
  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Catering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Resistant Materials
  • Sports Science
  • Spanish

Options Process 2018-19

The options process begins in the autumn of Year 9. Please see our Y9 to Y10 Transitions Support page for details of the process.