Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Key Stage 3

In September 2016 we introduced new Year 7 and 8 schemes of learning under the heading of a ‘High Performance Curriculum.’ Much time went into preparing new schemes of learning, new assessments as well as the careful consideration of the teaching required to help our students develop the learning skills and competencies needed to be successful at KS4. Since then, we have continued to review our schemes and assessment to ensure we maximise the learning for our students.

What will students study?

In Year 7 and 8 all children will follow programmes of study in the following subjects.  English, Maths, Science, French, Spanish, Technology, Physical Education, History, Geography, Religious Education, Computer Science, Music, Drama and PSHE.

To see how many lessons per fortnight the children will be taught in these subjects please click here.

In Years 7 and 8 students are set by ability in Maths and are taught in mixed ability groups for all other subjects. The mixed ability groups are labelled Pilsdon, Eggardon, Allington, Colmers and Langdon.

To enable setting to take place in Maths, the students are placed into one of two bands.  L Band (left) and R band (right).  There is no difference in ability between the equivalent teaching groups in the two bands.   Set L1 is the same ability as set R1.  Set L2 is the same ability as set R2.  In the R band there is an additional teaching group (R3) which provides for those students who arrive at the school with a lower level of understanding in Mathematics.  To see a diagram of these setting arrangements please click here. At the end of each term the Maths groups are reviewed and students moved up or down as appropriate.

In some cases the students may not follow a course in French and instead will use this teaching time to develop their literacy skills. This may also be supported by a programme of support in our SEN centre with specialist staff.  Where this is the case, contact will be made with parents to discuss the various options.

During Year 8 our students will begin the options process that enables them to shape their own curriculum for Years 9, 10 and 11.  Please see the link for Key Stage 4

If you have any questions about the curriculum, setting or assessment in Years 7 and 8 please contact Carol Duffy, Assistant Head and Director of KS3.

If you have any questions about Special Educational Needs (SEN) and how we might support your child please contact our SENCO, Bryan Glover (Assistant Head).