Key Stage 3
All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3 which includes all the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects. In Year 7, students are setted in Maths and Modern Foreign Languages, but are taught in mixed ability groups (mainly tutor groups) in all other subjects.
Students choose French or Spanish for their Modern Language in Year 7. Most students are taught a second Modern Language as they move into Year 8 and Year 9. Some students have lessons to develop their literacy skills in place of Modern Language lessons. A particular feature of the Year 7 curriculum is ‘Opening Minds’, a course which allows students to develop the skills needed to become effective learners.
In Year 8, setting is introduced in English and Science and most students start to learn their second Modern Language.
Halfway through Year 8 students are given the opportunity to choose a GCSE course in a Technology or Arts subject which starts at the beginning of year 9. GCSEs in Maths, English and Science also begin in Year 9 to give students the best possible chance of success in these key subjects.
Key Stage 4
All students follow a core curriculum in Years 10 and 11. This includes English, Mathematics, Sciences, PE, RE, IT and PSHE. They choose 4 additional option subjects from a wide range which includes GCSE, BTEC and other vocational courses. We talk carefully with students and parents to help them choose courses on which they will achieve success and which open gateways to higher education and employment.
At the end of Year 10, most students take GCSEs in Mathematics, Science, IT and the Arts/Technology GCSE they started in Year 9. In Year 11, students take GCSEs in English, Additional or Triple Sciences, RE and their 4 option subjects.
Further details can be found in the Key Stage 4 course selection booklet which can be downloaded using the following link
Key Stage 5
At Sixth Form level there is a balance of academic and vocational opportunities which leads to the large majority of our students staying with us. In Year 11 there is a thorough interview and course selection process which helps students to make the right choices.
Most students study 4 AS subjects in Year 12, carrying through 3 of these subjects to full A levels at the end of Year 13. More details can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus available through the following link
Every year at all Key Stages our results are well above the National Average. We are as proud of those who enter the College with learning difficulties and achieve their own best as we are of those who each year go on to Oxbridge.