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Curriculum Overview

Key Stage Three

Students study a wide range of subjects during their 6 x 50 minute periods per day, as shown below.  In order to accommodate students working in separate bubbles in different zones within the school, each KS3 year group is currently streamed into three strands:

  • Strand 1: Faster paced, for the most able students
  • Strand 2: Our standard curriculum offer
  • Strand 3: Includes additional opportunities for literacy and numeracy support

When we move away from this ‘covid curriculum model’ the three strands will continue but during KS3 groups of subjects will move to separate setting arrangements.

Strand 3 includes our bridgestar enhanced support programme.  Students timetabled into bridgestar are able to engage with additional literacy and numeracy support alongside their French studies.  The programme includes for us to include both Lexia and Lexonic literacy support which occasionally involves small group withdrawal for short period of intensive literacy training.  We also have a DEAR (drop everything and read) programme running as a thread through KS3 giving students the opportunity to engage with reading on a regular basis.

SubjectsNumber of periods
Year 7Year 8Year 9
English544
Mathematics455
Science344
History222
Geography222
RE111
Music111
Drama111
Art211
French/Cultural French + support222
ICT222
Personal Development111
Physical Education222
Technology222
Total number of lessons303030

Key Stage Four

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum offers the expected range of GCSE subjects as detailed below, but with two distinctive features. The first is the wide range of optional subjects that students can choose from. The second is that the bridgestar programme which continues from KS3. At KS4 bridgestar provides opportunities for students to access support to help keep them on track with their studies, by avoiding overload and stress, alongside additional numeracy and literacy support.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum offers the expected range of GCSE subjects as detailed below, but with two distinctive features. The first is the wide range of optional subjects that students can choose from.  The second is that the bridgestar programme which continues from KS3.  At KS4 bridgestar provides opportunities for students to access support to help keep them on track with their studies, by avoiding overload and stress, alongside additional numeracy and literacy support.

Compulsory KS4 SubjectsNumber of periods
Year 10Year 11
English (literature and language)55
Mathematics45
Science*66
History** or Geography**33
Personal Development11
Physical Education21
Total number of lessons2121
*Science also appears in the options to accommodate students studying triple rather than double award
**Students can choose history or geography as option subjects too

Option subjects are studied for 3 periods per week.

GCSE option subjectsVocational option subjects
ArtHospitality and Catering
DramaEngineering
FrenchICT
Triple ScienceTravel and Tourism
Computer scienceConstruction
GeographyHair and Beauty
HistoryHealth and Social Care
 Music
 Media Studies
 Sport
 Outdoor Education

For the 2021 academic year we are exploring the possibility of timetabling bridgestar students as a separate curricular strand at KS4.  This is so that we can ensure that all of our students are as well prepared as possible for the education or training programmes they will engage with once they have completed KS4 with us.  In a small number of cases we already adapt the curriculum offer made to individual students so that it becomes more personalised and is the best possible fit to meet their needs. A new bridgestar strand would extend this personalisation to a group rather than to individual students.