The school week is divided into 50 periods, each 30 or 35 minutes long. The general curriculum structure for Years 8 to 14 is set out below. The Cross-Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities are infused throughout the subjects.
|Area of Study||Subjects||Year 8|
|Modern Languages (9.33%)||French|
|The Arts (10.66%)||Art & Design|
Technology & Design
|Learning for Life|
and Work (9.33%)
|Physical Education (8%)||PE & Games||4||4||4||12|
|Religious Education (5.33%)||Religious Education||3||4||2||8|
|Other (2.66%)||Information Technology|
All pupils will study one of the following Science options:
- Three sciences (pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate sciences, also known as Triple Award Science),
- Two sciences (pupils study two of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate sciences),
- Double Award science (pupils study reduced content in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with the examinations resulting in two GCSEs graded as A*A*, A*A, AA, AB, BB, etc.)
Depending on their Science choice, pupils select either three or four optional subjects (5 periods) from the following list:
|Art & Design||Digital Technology||Geography||Physical Education|
|Business Studies||Food Technology||History||Religious Studies|
|Design & Technology|
Pupils who do not study English Literature study a Short Course (½ a GCSE) in Religious Studies (2 periods).
Non-examination subjects taken by all pupils include: Religious Education (1 period); Careers Education (1 period in Year 12 only); Learning for Life and Work (1 period); and Physical Education & Games (2 to 4 periods depending on subject choices).
|Art & Design||Economics||Life & Health Science||Politics#|
|Business Studies||Food Technology||Media Studies#||Religious Studies|
|Computer Science||Further Mathematics*||Geography||Drama & Theatre Studies#|
|Design & Technology||Health & Social Care||Health & Social Care||Spanish|
|Digital Technology||History||Physics||Engineering BTEC|
* Depending on interest and teaching resources and only available as an AS in Year 14.
# These subjects are taught in St Patrick’s Academy through our partnership with them.
Non-examination subjects taken by pupils include: Religious Education, Careers Education, Physical Education and Games.
At Key Stages 4 & 5, it may be possible to arrange other educational pathways to meet the specific needs of a small number of individual pupils through collaboration with other local education establishments.