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Curriculum Overview

Our broad, balanced and personalised curriculum is designed to meet the needs of every student offering a choice of subjects.

The accelerated Key Stage 3 curriculum is studied over two years and encompasses the national curriculum subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Languages, History, Geography, PE, Technology, the Arts and Computing amongst others.

At KS4, the GCSE curriculum is studied over three years and all students will follow the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) by virtue of the options process. The EBacc ensures students pursue a balance of rigorous academic subjects at GCSE and is sound preparation for Post-16 study. Our KS4 curriculum allows students to choose from a varied range of academic subjects upon which to build their future career paths.

At KS5, students select from a range of A Level subjects, choosing three to specialise in. In Year 12 they have the opportunity to study for the Extended Project Qualification – always valuable in university applications. Year 12’s also have a week of work experience towards the end of the year. All Sixth Formers are allocated a weekly Enrichment session, self-directed Private Study sessions and supervised Mindset Study sessions. 

In essence, our curriculum is designed and delivered to enable students to become successful, resilient and independent learners and to help them make a positive contribution to their community and the wider world.

DGSB - 2019/20 Curriculum - 50 period two week timetable

The number below each subject refers to how many lessons there are per subject or option in the two week timetable period.

Year 7

English Maths Science Geography History MFL (2 of French, Spanish, German)
8 7 6 3 3 3 3
Art Tech Music ICT PE RE Ci/PSHE/Food
2 2 2 3 4 2 2

Year 8 (End of KS3)

English Maths Science Georgraphy History MFL (2 of Fr, Sp, Ge)
8 7 6 3 3 3 3
Art Tech Music ICT PE RE Ci/PSHE/Food
2 2 2 3 4 2 2

Year 9 (Start of 3 year KS4)

English Maths Biology, Chemistry, Physics PSHE/Ci/Comp PE RE
7 7 2 2 2 2 4 4
Humanity MFL Option A Option B Option C  
4 4 4 4 4  
Geography, History French, German, Spanish

Art, Media Studies, Music, Computer Studies, Geography, History, Design Technology, Social Studiess, French, German, Spanish, Triple Science

Year 10 (Mid-3 year KS4)

English Maths

Biology, Chemistry, Physics

PSHE/Ci/Comp PE RE
7 7 3 3 3 1 3 3
Option A Option B Option C Opt ion D Option E  
4 4 4 4 4  

Triple Science, Geography, Hisotry, French, German, Spanish, Computer Studies

Art, Media Studies, Music, Computer Studies, Geography, History, Design Technolgy, Social Studiess, French, German, Spanish, Triple Science

Year 11 (10/11 GCSEs)

English Maths Biology, Chemistry, Physics PSHE/Ci/Comp RE
7 7 3 3 3 1 3
Option A Option B Option C Option D PE
5 5 5 5 3
Georgraphy, History, French, German, Spanish, Computer Studies Art, Media Studies, Music, Computer Studies, Georgraphy, History,  Design Technology, Social Studies, French, German, Spanish
Year 12 Year 13
3 x A Levels 3 x A Levels
Extended Project Qualification Mindset Supervised Study
Private Study Private Study
Mindset Supervised Study Enrichment
Enrichment UCAS Process/Careers advice
UCAS Process/Careers advice