Curriculum Overview

At SMCC our curriculum is planned and organised to promote learning, personal growth and development and is designed to develop the independence and responsibility of all our pupils.  This is achieved through a highly motivated, experienced and pupil centred workforce. We ensure that all children have a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides ample opportunities for continuity and progression in all areas of development. It takes wide ranging individual differences into account, and our creative planning caters for different learning styles, personalities and a range of interests. We work hard to make sure that our pupil’s entitlement to achieve their full potential is realised.

We promote and achieve high levels of progress and success in all spheres is championed. Our curriculum is extended by an array of enrichment activities including day visits, cultural experiences and themed activities/days. Extra-curricular activities also form an important part of the curriculum and we have an array of lunchtime and after school clubs, which are available for many children throughout the school year.


Curriculum Plan
South Molton Community College operates a two week timetable (weeks A and B), with lessons split into five x 60 minute sessions per day.


Curriculum policy​


Key Stage 3

Years 7,8,9
All students follow a broad ranging curriculum which provides a firm foundation for their chosen Key Stage 4 options. As with all year groups, year 7 - 9 students are continually assessed throughout the Key Stage.

Areas of study currently include






Computer Science
















Students study French and German in year 7.  At the end of year 7 they will be asked to specialise in one of these languages.

At the end of Year 8 students will be asked to choose from a suite of D & T subjects and specialise in 3 of their choice.

Students also have the opportunity to take part in field trips, and alternative and extra – curricular activities throughout the year.

The grouping of students is the responsibility of each Head of Department. The general pattern is for students to be taught in mixed ability groups in most subjects. In English, Mathematics, Science, and Modern Languages, in some year groups students are taught in groups of similar ability (called sets).

It is hoped that Key Stage 3 will lay sufficient foundations for the students to choose a sensible, informed and suitable course of study for Years Ten and Eleven. Heads of Departments are always willing to discuss any point of philosophy or detail of the courses they offer.


Key Stage 4

During Years 10 and 11 students study both GCSE subjects plus a range of enrichment courses designed to broaden their KS4 experience and PE.

In Year 9, students begin their GCSE selected courses as well as courses in English, Mathematics and Science.
GCSE Options should ideally include either a language, and/or at least one subject from Geography, Computer Science or History. Four subjects in total can be selected from the courses available, plus English Language and Literature, Science (Double or Triple) and Maths. 

For details of all course available see our Options page