In KS 3, students will basically study everything. We want them to get to grips with a wide range of subjects, to see what they are like when students study them as separate courses, taught by specialist teachers who are real enthusiasts for their own subjects.
The only slight exception to this is in the language programme. Students will have time to study two languages, and they’ll need to choose the two they want to study. The languages we offer are Mandarin, French, German and Spanish, although students can only choose Spanish when they get to year 9. If students aren’t a native or fluent English speaker, and they find working in English difficult, they can also choose EAL instead of one of their language options.
We teach some of our subjects in sets, where students will be in a set with other people who are about the same ability as them in the subject. This is how we do maths, English and science. We teach the remainder in mixed ability groups, so that students study history, geography, art, amongst others, in their form group. We find that the balance of setting and mixed ability works well for most students, as it gives them the right opportunities to progress as fast as possible and allows them to mix with more people than if they were just with their form group the whole time. We’ll keep an eye on whether or not students are in the right set and we’ll move them if necessary.
All the subjects students will study are described in our course guide, but, as always, ask us if you’d like to know more about any of them.