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Curriculum: Overview of Key Stage 3

Our curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 is broad and balanced, enabling students to develop key literacy and numeracy skills, develop their wider learning skills and to experience a range of exciting curriculum opportunities.

Our grouping policy means that in Maths and English, students will be broadly set on entry in Year 7, which then drives the setting for most other subject areas.  As students move though Key Stage 3, other subjects may group students by ability such as in Science, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages and Physical Education.  This means the needs of all students can be met.  More able students will be able to learn at a pace and level of challenge which meets their needs and students who need to focus on key skills will be given the extra support and smaller class sizes to enable them to access the curriculum and to succeed.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum allows students to study the following subjects, as per the requirements of the National Curriculum:

Design Technology
Modern Foreign Languages *
Religious Education
Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education
Physical Education

For a curriculum overview for each year group, for all subjects, please see the following:

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Year 9 Curriculum Overview


*  At KS3, all students study either French or Spanish as their main Modern Foreign Language.

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