KS3 Curriculum – exciting new learning pathways

This page of the website provides a guide to the new learning pathways offered at KS3. We do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach.  We ensure that each pupil has a tailored curriculum as far as possible to meet their needs, aptitude and interests. Each pathway is designed to maximise student progress at KS3 and KS4.

There are 3 learning pathways:

a) The English Baccalaureate (EBacc), “Grammar Stream” pathway

b) The “Main” pathway

c) The “Secondary Ready” pathway

It is important that every student follows the most appropriate learning pathway that meets their needs and reflects their prior attainment and progress to date. The learning pathway should provide sufficient pace and challenge to learning and reflect the student’s individual interest, talents and academic ability. All pathways provide each student with a broad and balanced curriculum at an appropriate pace and pitch of learning to ensure all students make expected or more than expected progress at KS3. Students in the Grammar Stream and Main Pathway study English, Mathematics and Science at the same time and are in sets based upon ability and progress within each subject regardless of their learning pathway.

KS3 is studies in 2 years with KS4 courses starting at the beginning of Year 9.

 

Pathway A – The English Baccalaureate (EBacc), “Grammar Stream”

This is an exciting new curriculum pathway designed to provide further challenge and extension to your child’s learning in preparation for study at GCSE in Y9. This is the most prestigious learning pathway offered and will lead to the English Baccalaureate qualification in Y11. The EBacc pathway provides students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options.

Students study English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, Spanish, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Design Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Dance and PE.

 

Pathway B – The “Main” Pathway

This is an exciting new curriculum pathway designed to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is both challenging and stimulating. Like the “Grammar Stream” students study a broad range of academic subjects except instead of studying Spanish students have extra curriculum time in the Creative Arts, such as Dance, Drama and Music.

Students study English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Design Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Dance and PE.

 

Pathway C – The “Secondary Ready” Pathway

The “Secondary Ready” Learning Pathway is an exciting new curriculum pathway designed to further support your child through their secondary education. The curriculum based offer will focus on literacy and numeracy allowing your son/daughter to gain the essential skills necessary to achieve in secondary school.

Students study English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Design Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Dance and PE.

However, this alternative pathway is taught slightly differently with extra essential lessons in Mathematics and English and project-based learning in Humanities and Performing Arts with a literacy focus.

 

These changes at KS3, along with other changes at the School, provide huge opportunities for students to make outstanding progress and achieve their full potential at both KS3 and KS4.