Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 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, Information Technology, and Physical Education. Students also study Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) alongside other themes as part of a rolling Carousel.
Students study French and Latin in Year 7. In Year 8, they continue with French and choose whether to continue with Latin or take up German or Spanish.
There are five ‘cross-curricular days’ during Key Stage 3. On these days, the normal timetable is replaced with a project based learning task which will give students the opportunity to develop important enterprise skills such as teamwork, planning and implementing a task, presentational skills and making links between subjects.
The Form Tutors and Heads of House, 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.