Key Stage 3

Students access a broad and balanced curriculum in Year 9 that follows National Curriculum requirements. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to prepare students for Key Stage 4 when they will access GCSE and equivalent qualifications. The Key Stage 3 curriculum comprises of core and foundation subjects. Core subjects are English, mathematics, and science (biology, chemistry, and physics).

All students at KS3 receive 7 hours/fortnight of English and Mathematics. Literacy and numeracy skills are crucial in accessing the whole curriculum, enabling employability and as GCSEs, they make twice the contribution of other subjects. The third core subject, Science is also taught over 6 hours/fortnight as all students will undertake the combined equivalent of two GCSEs or three single GCSEs in science.

The other subjects that all students follow in Year 9 are:

Subject xxxxx Hours
Art 2
Computing and IT 3
Design Technology 3
French 5
Geography 4
History 4
Literacy 1
Performing Arts 3
Personal Development 1
Physical Education 3
Religious Studies 1


In Year 9 students are split into two half year populations, each having two teaching groups (A1/A2 and B1/B2). English groups are organised as mixed ability in each half-year. Maths and science groups are organised by ability in each half-year, ‘upper to top middle’ and ‘lower middle to low’. Technology is taught in five groups across the year, broadly organised as mixed ability.

Reviews of student progress take place in January and March when progress summary reports are issued.

Halfway through Year 9 students choose three options to study in Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11). A Year 9 Careers and Options  Consultation Evening takes place in March to help with the decision making process. Click here to view the 2021 Options Booklet.