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Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Aim

To provide a body of knowledge and skills and attitudes relevant to the particular range of ability within the school and to develop the capacity for using these in further education, work, leisure and social interaction in future life.


Implicit within these general aims is the following:


  • Pupils shall develop qualities of imagination and sensitivity;
  • Pupils should be adaptable in a changing world;
  • Pupils should be able to argue rationally and make reasoned judgements;
  • Pupils should develop enquiring minds, be able to learn for themselves and appreciate the importance of completing tasks;
  • Pupils should be able to develop an intelligent interest in the social, political and natural world;
  • Pupils should appreciate religious beliefs and spiritual values;
  • Pupils should appreciate the need for altruism and to care for others;
  • Pupils should learn to become independent and also to possess the capability to work in co-operation with others.


The curriculum shall offer the following areas of experience:  


  • Aesthetic / creative;
  • Ethical;
  • Linguistic;
  • Mathematical;
  • Scientific;
  • Spiritual;
  • Social / political / economic;
  • Physical.


Within these areas of experience pupils will be encouraged to adopt the following values and attitudes:


  • Curiosity and enthusiasm;
  • Responsibility and self-discipline;
  • Independence in making moral judgements;
  • Sensitivity to the environment;
  • Sympathy with and an insight in to other cultures;
  • Intolerance of cruelty;
  • Perseverance in completing a task;
  • The capacity to come to a reasoned judgement;
  • The capacity to put one’s own interests second to those of others.



The curriculum shall include:


  • As an academy, take note of and broadly apply the National Curriculum in key stage 3 and 4;
  • In key stages 3 and 4 all students will follow a program of citizenship, religious education (RE) and sex and relationship education. A GCSE Qualification is available in RE, though this is not compulsory.
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills. To include: Independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, team workers, self-managers, effective participators;
  • Other cross-curricular aspects such as financial capability, and enterprise education;
  • A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities are provided outside school hours.




The curriculum and delivery should be flexible to respond to individual needs and to build on prior learning. Within the realms of the selective system, the Governing Body is committed to ensuring equality of access and that all are included and motivated by their learning experiences.


Breadth and balance 


The Governing Body is committed to the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum that fosters learning across all areas and which values personal, social, spiritual and cultural development as well as intellectual and academic development. The coloured chart below shows the curriculum model for each year group taught over a two weekly cycle of five 60 minute lessons each day. A “Skills” program is delivered by form teachers and guest speakers to all students, covering citizenship, religious education (RE), sex and relationship education and careers.


  • Key Stage 3


Please see the table of subjects below, which are studied by all students in years 7, 8 & 9.


  • Key Stage 4


Midway through year 9, students choose their GCSE optional subjects to complement the compulsory subjects of English, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, A Modern Foreign Language, a Technology subject or Computer Science,  Core RE, Core PE. A list of current option subjects is available in the GCSE Options booklet on the school website.

In addition to the above, as part of the mathematics curriculum, the top set undertake FSMQ Additional Mathematics and the second set GCSE Further Mathematics.


  • Post 16


Post 16, students follow an exclusively AS and A2 program of study with students opting to take 3, 4 or 5 A2 qualifications and frequently a complementary AS qualification. Students choose from approximately 30 subjects and a current list can be found in the sixth form prospectus on the school website.

In addition, all students undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

An enrichment program includes electives such as: community service, sports leaders awards, debating, Duke of Edinburgh scheme, film club, individual and team sports, mock law trials, music and drama, peer mentoring, work experience Oxbridge and Russell group programs and a very popular House competition


Further details of subject course specifications and assessment practices can be found in the Departments section.

Curriculum Outline