Key Stage 3 Two pathways

On Entry to Key Stage 3 there are two main pathways:

  • Extended Pathway: Students within P Levels – generally P6 and above
  • Main Curriculum Pathway: Students within National Curriculum Levels

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Extended  Curriculum

National Curriculum subjects are taught through a termly theme

Maths, English, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, DT including food, Music, Religious Studies, PE and PSHC.

Students stay with the same Tutor and staff team and access some of the specialist teaching rooms for Art/Science/Food Technology.

Main Curriculum

The National Curriculum from 2015

Maths, English, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, DT, Music, Religious Studies, PE, PSHC and French.

Students follow a mainstream secondary model and move around school to different teachers. Ability Groups for English/Maths/Science

Additional Areas

Specialist music tuition, Swimming

Careers – Year 8 onwards.


Key Stage 4

Curriculum – Three pathways

Extended  Pathway

  • Maths
  • English
  • ICT
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • DT Food
  • Art
  • Independent Living Skills
  • PSHC including Careers/Work related Learning
  • PE/Leisure
  • RS
  • The curriculum is delivered using ASDAN Transition Challenge and focuses on the functionality of learning.
  • Towards Personal Progress Diploma

Students stay  with their tutor for most lessons.

Entry level Pathway

Core Subjects Entry Qualifications

  • Entry 1, 2, 3
  • Maths
  • English
  • PE
  • RS
  • PSHC including Careers/Work related Learning

Options Subjects

  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Sports
  • DT Food-ASDAN Award
  • Art-Arts Award Explore

Students move around to different tutors.

Level 1 and 2  Pathway

GCSE Subjects

  • GCSE/Level 1/2
  • Maths
  • English


  • Science
  • DT Food
  • Art- Bronze Award level 1

Students move around to different tutors.


Personalised Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Through careful assessment students are grouped according to their learning needs, whether this is in terms of environmental needs or learning needs.

All students follow the same basic curriculum which leads towards a range of accreditation from Awards to GCSEs and Diplomas.

The curriculum is differentiated and delivered to suit the needs of the students.

Key Stage 4/5 (14-19)

Students follow a curriculum that will prepare them for life after school depending on their aspirations and goals for the future as adults.

All students are taught functional skills and Personal and social development discretely and across the curriculum because these are essential skills for life.

Other curriculum areas are taught in a ratio that suits the individuals needs or likes/dislikes.

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