Curriculum

All hours are per fortnight

 

Year 7

 

Classes

Students are place in one of two equal prior attainment bands (X and Y). Each band is then split into five classes (1-5). The class a student is in is determined initially by the KS2 SATs results. The groups are reviewed during the year with current attainment taken into account. Students are in the same group for all their subjects except PE and Design Technology. PE groups are primarily based on gender and Design Technology groups are smaller to reflect health and safety requirements.

 

Subjects

English (6 hours)          

Science (6 hours)          

Geography (4 hours)    

Spanish (3 hours)                                                       

Art (2 hours)                                                                 

Music (2 hours)                                                            

PE (4 hours)                                                                   

REP (1 hour)

Mathematics (6 hours)

History (4 hours)

French (3 hours)

Design Technology (3 hours)

Computing and ICT (2 hours)

Drama (2 hours)

PSHE (2 hours)

 

7X5 and 7Y5 have a different number of hours for certain subjects; English (8 hours), Mathematics (7 hours), History (3 hours) and Geography (3 hours). In addition they study one language; French (4 hours).

 

Year 8

 

Classes

The grouping arrangements are the same as in Year 7

 

Subjects

English (6 hours)                                                                                                           

Geography (4 hours)                                                    

German (3 hours)                                                         

Art (2 hours)                                                               

Music (2 hours)

PE (4 hours)                                                                   

PSHE (1 hour)

History (4 hours)

Science (6 hours)    

French (3 hours) 

Design Technology (3 hours)

Drama (2 hours)

REP (2 hours)

8X5 and 8Y5 study one language; French (6 hours)

Year 9

Classes

For the majority of subjects, students are placed in one of ten groups (0-9). Their group is determined by the student’s prior attainment. In English, Mathematics and Science the group is specific to that subject. For Art, Computing and ICT, Geography, History, Music, REP, and PSHE students are in the same class for all of the subjects. Students select a language to study, either French or Spanish. One group studies two languages. PE groups are primarily based on gender and Design technology groups are smaller to reflect health and safety requirements.

 

Subjects

English (6 hours)                                                       

Science (6 hours)                                                           

Geography (5 hours)                                                     

Design Technology (3 hours)                                                                                                   

Computing and ICT (2 hours)                                                      

PE (4 hours)                                                                   

PSHE (1 hour)

Mathematics (6 hours)

French or Spanish (6 hours)*

History (5 hours)

Art (2 hours)

Music (2 hours)

REP (2 hours)

 

*Students studying both languages have 4 hours of each one.

 

Year 10 and 11

 

Classes

The ‘core’ or compulsory subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, MFL, PE and REP) are arranged in the same way as Year 9. The remaining subjects are ‘options’ subjects. Students select three subjects from the list below. All qualifications are GCSE.

 

Core Subjects

English (9 hours, 2 GCSEs)                                        

Science (9 hours, 2 GCSEs)                                       

PE (4 hours)          

Mathematics (6 hours)        

French, Spanish or German (6 hours)                 

RE (2 hours)

PSHE is delivered through a number of theme days throughout Year 10 and 11

 

Options Subjects (5 hours each, students select 3)

Art                                                                                     

Geography                                                                       

ICT (Year 11 only)                                                          

Music                                                                                

Food Technology                                                            

Product Design                                                               

RE Full Course                                                                

Media Studies                                                                  

Triple Science*

Business Studies (Year 11 only)

History 

Computer Science

Psychology

Graphic Products

Textiles Technology

PE Full Course

Drama (Year 10 only)  

A second modern foreign language                                                           

 

*In addition to the compulsory science, students can opt to study science in more depth, leading to 3 GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year 12 and 13

 

Classes

All subjects in Year 12 and 13 lead to an A-level qualification. There are no compulsory subjects, students select three from the list below. Usually there is one class in each subject, some popular subjects have two classes.

 

Subjects (10 hours each)

Biology                                                                              

Physics                                                                              

French                                                                               

History                                                                              

Sociology                                                                           

Art                                                                                       

RE                                                                                       

Media Studies                                                                  

Computer Science                                                            

Textiles Design                                                                 

ICT (Year 13 only)

Chemistry

English Literature

Mathematics

Geography

Psychology

Graphic Communication

PE

Business Studies

Music

Product Design

 

Enrichment

All students in Sixth Form complete several enrichment activities during the year. It is essential that students have opportunities to develop the transferable skills needed to move onto either University or into the world of work. Students can choose activities from the following strands: Sport, School/Community and Career Development/Additional Qualifications. Through completing their enrichment activities, many students will receive the Pixl Edge Graduate qualification which rewards students for demonstrating skills in the following areas: Leadership, Organisation, Initiative, Resilience and Communication

Extended Project Qualification

The Sixth Form offers the opportunity for Year 12 students to complete the EPQ. This is a nationally recognised qualification by both Universities and Employers. It focuses on students working independently on a particular area of interest they might have, researching and investigating this, as well as delivering a final product.