Subjects at key stage 3

All key stage 3 pupils follow the same curriculum accessing 15 subjects, the vast majority of which are taught by subject specialists.

Table 1 below outlines the subjects taught and the subject hours per 2-week cycle. For further information, including specific curriculum content, assessment details and setting arrangements for individual subjects, please see the specific subject areas here and the separate handbooks for parents available in the parents’ section here.

Table 1: Key stage 3 subject hours per 2-week cycle


¹ Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, including elements of Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG). Timetabled lessons are supplemented by assemblies, structured mentor time activities and conference day events each year.

² Depending on need, small numbers of pupils will follow a literacy booster programme instead of some or all of their language lessons. Where pupils make sufficient progress in their literacy, they may be re-integrated into French or Spanish.

³ Dual linguists only – Pupils in the top language sets in Year 8 and 9 split their total of five hours of language lessons to study German alongside either French or Spanish. In Year 9, pupils study a third hour of German in place of the seventh hour of English.


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