Key Stage 3 Overview


In Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9): Our students study the full breadth of the National Curriculum and beyond.  We are committed to delivering knowledge rich foundations across a broad range of subjects to support the academic and personal development of every student.  This holistic approach empowers students to make considered choices about their learning pathways at the end of the key stage.  

Areas of study currently include and all students study all of these subjects.

English Mathematics Science
Computer Science MfL German &/ French Geography
History Religious Education Music
Drama Physical Education D&T Suite
Art Food & Nutition Personal Development

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).

The aim is 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.