Key stage 3

The Carlton Academy offers a two-year Key Stage 3 curriculum in Years 7 and 8. The curriculum offers students opportunities to study a broad and balanced range of subjects that will lead to them making guided choices, or Options, for GCSE study at the start of Year 9.
The curriculum is designed to effectively support young people in making excellent progress and for them to experience a wide range of subjects and transferable skills, with a rigorous focus on English and Mathematicss.
In Year 7 and 8, students will study the following subjects:
  • English - 5 hours per week - this includes an hour of Accelerated Reading
  • Maths - 4 hours per week
  • Science - 3 hours per week
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) - 1 hour per week
  • Physical Education - 2 hours per week
  • Geography - 1 hour per week
  • History - 1 hour per week
  • A Language (either French or Spanish) - 2 hours per week
  • Design Technology - taught as a rotation of Resistant Materials, Electronics and Food - 2 hours per week
  • Art - 1 hour per week
  • Music and Drama - 1 hour per week for each subject
  • Computing (ICT) - 1 hour per week


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

Please click here for a copy of our full Curriculum Overview 

Please click here for a copy of our Curriculum Outlines for Key Stage 3.

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