What we teach, and how we teach it, underpins our development of each child. We aim to prepare our students for further study and successful and fulfilling working lives. Ofsted judged that our curriculum “is a key factor in ensuring pupils’ excellent outcomes.” Class sizes average 24 but in many cases are less than this at Key Stage 4 and when pupils require additional support. We have an effective system of support for all pupils including those with Special Educational Needs and those identified as more able. Key Stage 3 currently covers Year 7 and 8 at the school and provides a firm foundation for success at GCSE. Key Stage 4 covers Year 9, 10 and 11 when students are prepared for GCSE examinations. Year 7 are in  mixed ability groups in most subjects. However, in Maths pupils are set during the first term. From Year 8, English streams 2 groups and teaches the remaining 4 groups in mixed ability classes. In Year 10 and 11, core subjects continue to be set but Options are taught in mixed ability groups. Movement between sets occurs when deemed necessary.

At Key Stage 3 we teach the full range of National Curriculum subjects, and are proud to offer three modern languages, (French, German and Spanish) together with a wide range of technology subjects. This is complemented by strong development of Computing capability, both in Computing lessons and across the curriculum. We provide excellent, personalised provision for those students who need additional support. Pupils will experience Maths, English, Science, Art, Drama, Music, PE, RS, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, History, Geography, PSHE, Citizenship, Computing and a Modern Foreign Language. Our aim is to provide a thorough grounding for subsequent study.

Our wide choice of options at Key Stage 4 allows each student to configure a curriculum which meets their abilities and aspirations. We offer the full range of traditional academic subjects and a number of creative and broadly vocational subjects. These currently include at GCSE: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Computer Science, Combined Science or Physics, Chemistry and Biology, French, Spanish, German, Geography, History, Business Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Photography, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Design Technology, Art, Drama, Music, P.E. and Computing. We also offer Level 2 qualifications in PE, Catering, Computing, Performing Arts and Travel & Tourism.

The PSHE and Citizenship curriculum is supported by 3 Personal Development days throughout the academic year.

Our Careers provision is further supported by a Careers Adviser (Mrs R Dixon) who is available to see any student to answer careers related queries across all years, particularly during Year 11 when they are applying for Post 16 places. In addition, all students participate in work experience at the end of Year 10.