Key Stage 3

At KS3, Years 7-9, students study a strong academic core of subjects, a broad range of foundation subjects and a wide enrichment offer over a two-week timetable.

In Year 7, 8 and 9 students are taught the subjects outlined below with the allocation of time for each subject per fortnight (lessons are either 60, 65 or 70 minutes):

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 8 8 8
Maths 7 7 7
Science 6 6 6
Art 2 2 2
Computer Science 2 2 2
Drama 2 2 2
Design Technology 1 2 2
French / Spanish 3 /0 2 / 2 2 / 2
Food Technology 2 2 2
Geography 2 2 2
History 2 2 2
Music 2 2 2
Performing Arts 1 0 0
PE 4 4 4
Religious Education 2 2 2
Accelerated Reader 1 0 0
Lifeskills 1 1 1
Enrichment 2 2 2
50 50 50

 

Setting
In Year 7, every student undertakes a MidYIS baseline test to give us more information about their individual strengths and areas for development.  Students are taught in their form groups for the duration of Year 7.
In Year 8, students are taught in two different ‘groups’ of subjects:
Group 1 consists of Drama, English, French, Geography, History, PE and Spanish.  In these classes, students are taught in mixed ability groups.
Group 2 consists of Art, Computing, DT, Food, Maths, Music, RE and Science.  In these classes, there are two ‘joint top’ groups, with the rest taught in mixed ability groups.

For each subject there is a programme of study that guides the content of lessons. For some subjects there are aspects of the programme that are compulsory.

In Year 7, students are taught French. From Year 8, students are able to study two languages: French and Spanish.

During Year 9, students will be asked to make choices about the subjects they wish to study at GCSE.  The options available are offered in line with the learning needs of individual cohorts.

GCSE options

In Year 10 and 11, in addition to the subjects studied at KS3, students are also currently able to choose from the following options:

  • Business
  • Food Nutrition and Preparation
  • Creative iMedia
  • Product Design
  • Music Technology
  • Sociology
  • Health and Social Care