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THE KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM MODEL

A one-week timetable comprising of 29 lessons. 4 lessons more per week than the majority of Essex Secondary Schools  Lessons are of 60 minute duration.

Subject

Number of lessons per week 

English

5

Maths

5

Science

4

Humanities (Geography, History, RE)

4

Spanish

4

PE

2

Art

1

Drama

1

Music

1

Technology (ICT, DT, Food tech)

1

Life Skills & Citizenship

1

 

In Year 9, able linguists are invited to study German in addition to Spanish. 

The 180 learners are divided into 8 tutor groups in Year 7 (4 on each year half). These are mixed in terms of prior attainment, feeder primary, gender, ethnicity, SEN, FSM etc. 

Learners study the following subjects in mixed ability groups: Spanish, Art, Technology, Drama, Music, PE (although there are some single gender PE lessons). From Year 7 the teaching groups in each year half are arranged into sets for Maths (according to prior attainment in Maths), Science (according to prior attainment in Science), English (according to prior attainment in English) and Humanities. In Year 8 and 9, learners are placed into sets for Spanish.

THE KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM MODEL

Building on our successful Key Stage 3, our Key Stage 4 curriculum centres on essential academic subjects, providing our learners with an excellent foundation for further study and the option to continue their studies at a top university.

All learners study a compulsory core GCSE curriculum of English (2 GCSEs), Maths (1 GCSE), and Science (Triple or Combined) over 2 years. In addition, all learners follow a programme of non-examined Life Skills & Citizenship.

All learners study an additional four optional GCSE courses over 2 years.  All learners are encouraged to include Geography or History, along with Spanish/German, providing they are able, to ensure a rounded and secure academic foundation for further study, as well as satisfying the requirements of the English Baccalaureate (Ebac). All learners are required to study at least one Ebac option (Geography, History or Spanish/German).

BTECs (or the equivalent vocational qualification) will be delivered where these are the most appropriate qualifications for our learners.

We offer the following courses at Key Stage 4: (TBC as approved courses change yearly)