We aim to provide a curriculum that motivates and encourages creativity, and offers appropriate challenge to children of all abilities.
The school enjoys its independence in designing its own curriculum and is not formally bound by the National Curriculum until the end of Year 9 when exam board requirements make it essential. This enables us to incorporate the examination system without being completely driven by it.
There are six periods per day, lasting 50 minutes each.
In Year 7 there are four periods of English, three periods of Maths, Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish); two periods of History, Geography, Art and Games; one period of Drama, Music, SPACE (Social, Personal and Community Education), PE, Design Technology, and IT. There is one period per week dedicated to a Tutorial session and two periods called Choice when students are offered a choice of non-examinable subjects (see below).
In Year 8 there are four periods of Maths; three periods each of English, Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages; two periods of History, Geography, Art and Games; and one period of Drama, Music, SPACE, DT, IT and PE.
In Year 9 there are four periods each of Maths and Sciences; three of English and Modern Foreign Languages; two periods of History, Geography, Art and PE/Games; and one period of Music, Drama, SPACE, DT, IT and Art (craft, pottery and art). As in the previous two years, one period per week is dedicated to a Tutorial session and two periods to a Choice subject.
Choice subjects are offered one afternoon a week. These are in three categories: Head, Heart and Soul. ‘Head’ is a new intellectual skill, ‘Heart’ involves mainly physical exercise and ‘Soul’ is doing something for the community. Choices offered include, Creative Writing, Sailing, Photography, Film, Cooking, Computer Programming, Music Technology, Football, Hockey, Pottery, Song and Dance, KAS Radio, The Forge, Costume Design, Oaklodge Art Project and helping in Lower School.
Detailed information on each curriculum subject offered in Years 7 , 8 & 9 can be found by accessing the Guide to the Middle Years pdf on left.