At KS3, pupils enter as children in year 7 and leave in year 9 as young adults. The curriculum at KS3 builds on prior learning so that pupils reach their optimum potential in core subjects. This supports pupils to make decisions and build confidence by accessing and evaluating a wide range of learning opportunities, and further develops independence and problem-solving skills.
All pupils continue to access core National Curriculum subjects of Maths, English and Science through discrete sessions tailored to individual needs and interests. Some pupils that are excelling in Maths, English or Science can access lessons taught in KS4 to further develop their skills and knowledge.
Foundation subjects such as History, Geography, Art, Music, Drama, ICT, Design and Technology, and Religious Education provide a context for learning, and are taught in discrete blocks or sessions throughout the year to allow pupils to use and apply knowledge and skills developed in the core subjects.
PSHE and Citizenship provide an opportunity for pupils to think about themselves, their future and any vocations that they may wish to pursue, looking ahead to KS4 where they can choose their options. Some of our pupils experience job related learning within school, such as working with the nursing team or assisting in a KS1 or 2 class.