Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 our curriculum provision largely reflects the breadth of study offered in mainstream schools; providing access to a similar range of subjects. The offer that is enhanced in year 9 by a number of practical, work-related learning opportunities that provide the experiences necessary to make decisions ahead of GCSE/ Vocational study in Key Stage 4. Delivery is personalised to mitigate barriers to learning and this might include therapeutic or learning support at different times of a child’s Key Stage 3 experience. We offer Entry-Level accreditation in English, Maths and Science.

 

The Core Curriculum at Key Stage 3 comprises:

-English Language

-Mathematics

-Science

 

The Foundation Curriculum at Key Stage 3 comprises:

-Music

-Art

-Geography

-History

-PSHE

-Sport

-DT

-Computing

-Food Technology

-Swimming

-Farming

 

The Personal Development Curriculum:

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is enhanced by regular ‘WOW! days’. During these days pupils experience enrichment activities linked to the relevant area of study or a personal development topic. ‘WOW! days’ provide opportunities to learn in context and bring ‘learning to life’ by establishing greater links and understanding between study and the real world.

British Values and Cultural Capital are promoted by offering a wide range of enrichment activities, including visiting speakers, special

assemblies, ‘drop-down’ (themed) days, sporting events and residential trips. Pupils also have the opportunity to learn about the care of animals and land-based studies on our award-winning farm and there are opportunities to work in the school kitchen with our chef educator.

-Relationship & Sex Education (RSE)

-Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG)

-Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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