Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview >

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:

Year 7 Year 8
English 7 7
Maths 7 7
French 4 4
Spanish 0 2
Physics 3 3
Chemistry 3 3
Biology 3 3
Geography 3 3
History 3 3
Latin 2 0
Latin/Drama 0 2
RE/PSE 3 3
IT 3 2
Art 3 3
Music 3 2
DT 2 2
PE 6 6

 

 

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.