Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 currently covers Years 7, 8 and 9. The curriculum builds on the work covered by pupils at primary school. The range of subjects studied is broad and balanced and includes: English, Mathematics, Science, Languages, History, Geography, Religious Education, Music, Art, Design and Technology, Computing, Physical Education, Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).
Key Stage 3 students study two languages from either French, German and/or Spanish.
The Form Tutors and Director of Year 7, who are responsible for the students’ academic and pastoral welfare, work closely with parents to ensure that any difficulties or concerns are dealt with promptly.
In addition to attending Parents’ Evenings, parents are encouraged to make contact with their son’s Form Tutor if they have any concerns about the academic progress or the well-being of their son.
The Learning Centre provides support for students having difficulty with their learning – this could be because of a medical condition, a specific learning difficulty, a weakness in literacy skills, or emotional problems. Gifted and Talented students are identified and provision is made to ensure they are challenged appropriately.
Students begin aspects of their GCSE courses in Maths, English and Science during year 9. During the year, students are interviewed individually before decisions are made about which other subjects they will study at GCSE. Parents are kept fully informed throughout this process.
The Year 7 cohort who started in September 2014 are following a new curriculum pattern which will mean completing an accelerated Key Stage 3 in just two years. These students will choose their GCSE options in Year 8 (2015-16) and begin a three year GCSE programme the following year.