Key stage 3

Students undertake a two year Key Stage 3 curriculum that has both breadth and focus on a wide range of skills and knowledge. In key stage three students are taught the following subjects:

  • English - 5 hours per week - this includes an hour of Accelerated Reading for all students with the exception of the top ability sets who have an additional hour of MFL
  • Maths - 4 hours per week
  • Science - 3 hours per week
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) - 1 hour per week following the locally agreed syllabus
  • Physical Education - 2 hours per week
  • Geography - 1 hour per week
  • History - 1 hour per week
  • Art – 1 hour per week
  • Design Technology - taught as a rotation of Resistant Materials, Electronics and Food - 2 hours per week
  • Computing – 1 hour per week
  • Music – 1 hour per week
  • Drama – 1 hour per week
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) – Almost all students study at least two hours of languages per week and study French and Spanish in Key Stage 3. Students in top ability sets study three hours per week to allow them to access two modern languages every week. 

Students in year 7 and 8 are grouped by ability in English, Maths, Science and MFL classes. These groupings are based on Key Stage 2 National Curriculum outcomes and teacher assessments. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability groupings.

Once a week, during tutor time, the whole school takes part in Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time, supporting our ambitions of raising reading ages and every day Year 7 and 8 students have a 15 minute start to one lesson per day that is used for DEAR time. Targeted support is given to students who have reading and / or literacy levels that require support to successfully access the wider curriculum.

For any questions regarding the curriculum in Years 7 and 8 please contact Mrs J Mora (Assistant Head Teacher for curriculum)