At Key Stage 3 (ages 11- 14), the curriculum is deliberately broad so that the best possible schooling is combined with the latest National Curriculum initiatives.
At this stage, all of the Key Stage 2 subjects continue, but the separate sciences – Physics, Chemistry and Biology – replace General Science. Latin is introduced in Year 7 and Latin or Drama is offered for pupils in Year 8. Spanish is being offered as the second modern foreign language. The number of 55 minute periods studied over a two-week timetable by pupils at this stage is as follows:
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Year 9 will have the opportunity to choose certain subjects from a pre-GCSE option list.
One main advantage in the new Year 9 curriculum structure is that there will be more time allocation for the subjects chosen compared to previous years. The core subjects will still be compulsory and a more comprehansive GCSE option system will still apply in Year 10.