Pathways

Key Stage 3

All students at KS3 (years 7 and 8) undertake a two year KS3 curriculum. Students start their GCSE subjects at the beginning of Year 9 after having an extensive pathways programme including a very thorough Careers programme during Year 8.

The KS3 Curriculum (Year 7 & 8) 2019 comprises of the following subjects and operates on a two week timetable:

  Year 7 Year 8
English  8 hr periods a fortnight  8 hr periods a fortnight
Maths 5 hr periods a fortnight 5 hr periods a fortnight 
Science  5 hr periods a fortnight  5 hr periods a fortnight 
Art  3 hr periods a fortnight 2 hr periods a fortnight 
Dance  1 hr period a fortnight  1 hr period a fortnight 

Design & Technology 

(Food & Nutrition/Textiles/Product Design) 

4 hr periods a fortnight  4 hr periods a fortnight 
Drama 2 hr periods a fortnight  2 hr periods a fortnight 
Geography  3 hr periods a fortnight  3 hr periods a fortnight 
History 3 hr periods a fortnight  3 hr periods a fortnight 
ICT  2 hr periods a fortnight  2 hr periods a fortnight 

1 Language (French/German/Spanish)

(German Year 8 only) 

5 hr periods a fortnight  6 hr periods a fortnight 
Music 2 hr periods a fortnight  2 hr periods a fortnight 
PE 4 hr periods a fortnight  4 hr periods a fortnight 

Moral & Social Studies (MSS) including

careers guidance 

1 hr period a fortnight  1 hr period a fortnight 
RE  2 hr periods a fortnight  2 hr periods a fortnight 

 

In Year 9 students will undertake new options plus the core entitlement as mentioned under the KS4 Curriculum.

Key Stage 4

All students currently follow an entitlement curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education.

Students will be offered the opportunity to select GCSE subjects from a variety of curriculum pathways. At Key Stage 4 studying a modern foreign language is optional, although we encourage students to continue with the language they followed in Key Stage 3.

Full details on upper school courses will be distributed to students and parents during Year 8. If you require information about the courses please contact the Curriculum Deputy Headteacher.

The revised National Curriculum has been implemented from September 2014.

Pathways FAQ's
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Department for Education Information on Ebacc
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Pathways-2019-WINK
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ICT Pathways Booklet
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MFL Pathways Booklet
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