KS3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 we provide an exciting and innovative curriculum over three years. The curriculum is designed not only to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects but also to enable them to develop the skills required to become independent learners throughout the rest of their time in school and beyond.

Students study English, Maths, Science, French and/or Spanish and German, Art, Music, Drama, Dance, PE, Computer Science, D&T (Resistant Materials and Textiles), Food Preparation and Nutrition, History, Geography, RE and PSHE including careers and citizenship.

The Key Stage 3 timetable is based on a two week cycle and comprises a twenty five period week with five taught periods a day. Whilst most lessons will be at the same time each week, some lessons vary between week 1 and week 2.

Some things that we do differently:

  • Skills Curriculum – Year 7 Humanities comprises of History, Geography and RE. Students study each subject for 2 hours a week. The focus in Year 7 is on content and skills essential for each subject but also the skills to enable them to become effective learners. Students learn about study skills, effective listening, independent and group work skills, problem solving, research skills and how to develop a growth mindset. Much research has been done on how to develop these skills in students and make learning more effective. This has been embedded within the Humanities curriculum in Year 7. The aim is to put in place the foundations students will need as learners as they progress through the key stages.
  • Modern Foreign Languages – All students study French in year 7.
  • To build on the year 7 Skills Curriculum, Geography, History and RE are taught in 8 week intensive blocks to give the opportunity to develop skills in these areas and apply the skills learnt in Year 7.
  • Modern Foreign Languages – All students continue to study French. More able linguists will also study German or Spanish.
  • In Maths and Science, following the completion of the national curriculum, aspects of GCSE courses are taught in Year 9.
  • At KS3 students are taught in mixed ability groups in the Arts, Humanities, Computer Science and PE.

At KS3 students are in ability groups. All students, regardless of their current attainment in maths, have the support required to ensure they make appropriate progress.


In Year 7 within each half year group there are two mixed ability groups and one smaller group which enables a greater level of intervention.

Year 8 and 9 students are set by ability.


Year 7 students are set based on their KS2 Science, Maths and English results.

Students are reset according to their annual assessments and teacher assessment.


Students are set from Year 7 based on information from primary schools; these sets are adjusted as necessary as linguistic ability develops.