Overview of KS3

Key Stage 3 Overview

When students join the school in Year 7 they are placed into one of two pathways, Core or Extension, based on their academic ability and other information from primary school. The subjects studied are broadly the same but content and teaching methods are varied to ensure that all students make the best possible progress.

Movement is possible between pathways at various stages throughout Key Stage 3 if appropriate.

A small number of students have a dedicated support curriculum known as Springboard, in Year 7 only, to enable them to access the full range of subjects higher up the school.

Subjects studied include:

  • Art                                                                              
  • Business & Enterprise                                               
  • Citizenship, Careers & PSHE  (Personal Development)                   
  • Computing
  • Cross-curricular STEM project
  • Dance
  • Design Technology (Engineering, Cookery, Textiles)
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French and/or Spanish)
  • Music
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Physical Education & Games

Subjects broadly follow the National Curriculum where available in that area.

Please contact Mr Steele, Deputy Head if you want more information about any aspect of the school’s curriculum including specific documents listed here.

Click here for a summary of the school’s curriculum vision.

Aspects of sex education are taught from Year 7 onwards as part of the Science and Personal Development programmes. Students are encouraged to have a regard for moral considerations and the value of family life. Material is presented in a non-threatening way. Students are not asked questions of a personal and private nature. Discussion of moral issues, however, is encouraged. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the sex education programme and should do so in writing to Mr Steele, Deputy Head.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the Religious Studies, Ethics and Philosophy programmes and should do so in writing to Mr Steele, Deputy Head.

Assemblies are non-denominational in character and it is hoped that parents will not withdraw their children on religious grounds. If parents wish to do so they must contact the Headteacher, Mr G M Watson.