KS3 Curriculum


The curriculum for the 11-14 year olds is organised to meet the needs of students according to their age and abilities. The Lower School (KS3) comprises Years 7-9. All students in Years 7-9 follow a broad and balanced course of subjects based on the National Curriculum. German and Spanish are available, where appropriate, as an additional subject from Year 8. Information Technology is taught both discretely as a subject and across the curriculum.

Students study the core subjects of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Students study the Foundation Subjects of:

  • Design Technology and Art
  • French
  • Information Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Physical Education

In addition students study:

  • Careers and Work Related Learning
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • Personal and Social Education (including Careers Education and Guidance)

In Year 8 about 40% of the Students choose to follow a second Modern Foreign Language, either Spanish or German.  Throughout Key Stage 3 most the subjects are taught in mixed-ability groups, with the exception of Mathematics and Modern Languages, who set by ability from Year 7 and Year 8 respectively. In Year 9 students in English and Science are regrouped into broad ability groups. While Humanities students are re-grouped into mixed-ability groups different from their tutor groups.