The Key Stage 3 curriculum

English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Modern Foreign Languages and Religious Education are studied as part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship is delivered through a weekly lesson in Key Stages 3 & 4, as well as some input through Learning for Life (L4L) tutorials and Super Learning Days.  ICT is compulsory for all children and is delivered in discrete lessons and through cross-curricular development. Relationships and Sex Education is also compulsory but parents have a right to request their child’s withdrawal from such lessons.

When students arrive, they are placed in mixed ability form groups, taking into account primary school recommendations.  Initially they are taught in these groups for most subjects but setting is gradually introduced in Mathematics, English and Science so that they can be taught in ability groups which match their strengths and interests.  All students are tested during their first half-term in the school, using the NFER Cognitive Abilities Test, which provides us with a baseline of information against which to monitor progress. A few students will be placed in Foundation groups which will create the extra time to improve the students’ literacy and/or numeracy levels. We also test for Reading Age throughout Key Stage 3, so that we can put in place appropriate support for students who need help with their literacy. For example, we make effective use of the Bedrock programme with targeted students.

 

Special Educational Needs and Disability

The School’s SEND policy encompasses the SEN Code of Practice which aims to provide all students with access to Quality First Teaching and a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. Students with SEND are supported through in class support and, where it would be beneficial, withdrawal to attend workshops in literacy and numeracy as part of a modified curriculum. Students who require additional support for learning or behaviour in Key Stages 3 and 4 may have a modified curriculum which includes some additional on-site provision or off-site provision.

 

Year 7

Students study a full breadth of subjects to develop their knowledge of the full curriculum.

English

4 hours

Mathematics

4 hours 

Science 

3 hours

Geography

2 hours 

History

2 hours 

PE 

2 hours

Art 

1 hour 

IT 

1 hour 

French

2 hours 

Music 

1 hour 

Religious Studies 

1 hour 

Technology & Drama (carousel)

2 hours 

PHSCE

45 minutes

 

 

Year 8

Students study all subjects to continue to deepen their knowledge of the full curriculum.

English

4 hours

Mathematics

3 hours 

Science 

3 hours

Geography

2 hours 

History

2 hours 

PE 

2 hours 

Art 

1 hour 

Drama 

1 hour 

IT 

1 hour 

French

2 hours 

Music 

1 hour 

Religious Studies 

1 hour 

Technology 

2 hours 

PHSCE

45 minutes

 

 

Year 9 

Students continue to follow a broad curriculum whilst also starting to specialise in some areas of the creative curriculum rather than studying all of the subjects previously offered. This system of pre-options has been introduced to allow for a greater depth of study in two of the subjects in the creative curriculum subjects rather than a shallower experience of them all. What this means in reality is that each student will study one subject from Art, Music and Drama and a combination of two of the technology subjects from the choice of  Food Preparation and Nutrition; Fashion and Textiles; Materials Technology. Please see the Key Stage 3 page for more details of the pre-options process. In Year 9 students study 2 hours per week of Religious Studies so that they can start the GCSE course which then culminates at the end of Year 11. By frontloading some time in Year 9, we can ensure that the full cohort has the knowledge and understanding to achieve well in GCSE Religious Studies by the end of Key Stage 4 even though curriculum time in Years 10 and 11 is limited to 1 hour per week.

 

English

3 hours

Mathematics

4 hours

Science

3 hours

Geography

2 hours

History

2 hours

French

2 hours

PE

2 hours

Art or Drama or Music

2 hours

IT

1 hour

Religious Studies

2 hours

Technology

2 hours

PHSCE

45 minutes

 

 

The Key Stage 4 curriculum

Years 10 & 11 

Alongside a strong core of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, IT, Physical Education, PHSCE and Geography or History, students can then choose two further options they are passionate about and which will lead to either GCSE or vocational level 2 qualifications. Instead of studying for a vocational IT qualification, some students will opt to take GCSE Computer Science alongside a language and triple science as part of our STEM package. Please see the KS4 page for a description of the full range of subjects offered.

 

English

4 hours

Mathematics

4 hours

Science

5 hours

History or Geography

3 hours

Religious Studies

1 hour

IT

1 hour

Core PE

1 hour

PHSCE

45 minutes

Option 1

3 hours

Option 2

3 hours


In addition, we are committed to providing our students with high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance in line with our CEIAG Policy.

 

 

Post 16 Curriculum

We offer a wide range of academic A-Level courses and vocational qualifications at Post 16. Most students will take three qualifications. Some subjects are offered in key stage 5 as part of the C6 collaborative. This safeguards the breadth and depth of the curriculum offer in key stage 5 by working closely with neighbouring schools and means that some students form partner schools attend Brighouse Sixth Form College for certain subjects while some Brighouse students attend other schools in the collaborative to study certain subjects.

 

There are also good opportunities for some enrichment lessons as part of the 6th form curriculum; students can apply to carry out an Extended Project (EPQ), or they might choose to get involved in the CREST Award, or indeed the Progression Module. Work experience is usually part of the curriculum for all students in Year 12, with students completing a one week placement in the summer term of Year 12.

 

For students who have not yet achieved the entry requirements for level 3 study, we also offer a one year bridging course, so that they can gain sufficient level 2 qualifications to then progress to further study.

From September 2023, we also intend to offer the T-levels and the T-level Transition Programme.

Please see our Key Stage 5 page for a full description of all the courses and opportunities on offer at Post 16.

 

Our curriculum is under constant review as new courses come onto the market as others are withdrawn. We continuously assess the needs of our students in order to match their needs with the best courses available at that time.