Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3, students follow the current National Curriculum but, as in the Primary School, the emphasis is on ensuring that students strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills (students have daily sessions in addition to their English and maths lessons) to support their progress across other areas of the curriculum, and to support their move towards independence, both in their learning and their daily lives.

The Nightingale Community Academy curriculum at Key Stage 3 is thematic, which allows teachers to plan and adapt lessons to meet the individual needs and interests of the students. Although English, maths and science are taught discretely, teachers provide rich opportunities for cross-curricular writing, scientific exploration and applied numeracy skills within the themed topic lessons. Creating and highlighting meaningful links between these core areas of learning and the topic theme provides opportunity for progression in both breadth and depth of learning.

Students with SEMH needs can find transitions challenging, therefore Key Stage 3 students are taught in nurture groups, meaning they have the same teacher for many of their lessons throughout the day. When not being taught by their nurture teacher, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have lessons with specialist teachers (P.E., Art, D.T. and Food Technology). Science lessons for Year 9 are also taught by a specialist teacher in the laboratory to enable them to participate in practical experiments. In addition to National Curriculum subjects, students also have the opportunity to learn about the care of animals and land based studies on the onsite farm.


We’re excited to begin our partnership with Orchard Hill College Academy Trust, together working towards positive outcomes for our students

Andre Bailey, Headteacher

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