Curriculum Aims


Curriculum Aims

To create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

 It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides regular opportunities for the social, academic and emotional development of all students. Our strategic intent is to implement a curriculum which is:

  1. DISTINCT: The sharing of powerful knowledge that surpasses the daily experience and gives knowledge that otherwise students wouldn’t have access to. This acquisition of knowledge takes students beyond their own experiences, enables social mobility and social justice.
  2. SYSTEMATIC: Each subject provides the powerful knowledge to support students in thinking beyond particular contexts. Knowledge content is taught to be remembered and is specific in detail. Strategic planning and delivery that builds in spaced retrieval practice, formative low-stakes testing and repeated practice for fluency.
  3. SPECIALISED: Powerful knowledge developed by distinguishable groups with a clearly defined focus for enquiry. This includes a range of experts that have the knowledge and skills to teach this knowledge adequately.

 Curriculum – KS3

We have a very broad three year KS3 Curriculum covering a range of subjects to meet all national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 25 hours of contact time each week and inclusive of:




Modern Foreign Languages (MFL – French)

Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Education

Performing Arts – Drama and Music

Creative and Practical – Art and Design, Catering and Product Design


Physical Education (two hours per week)

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through Accelerated Reader and PiXL Code to enable them to rapidly catch up. ACE Days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place throughout the year.  These days allow students to learn in different ways such as off site, with external providers and a range of students. ACE Days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and Work-ready Skills and support the form period programme. KS3 students also have access to the Brilliant Club which provides early links with universities to challenge and inspire the Most Able. An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, drama, languages, games, engineering and film club. There is daily support for homework in the library.

Curriculum – KS4

In Year 9 students begin to specialise to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they will choose to study to GCSE level.  Our options process retains the balance of providing students with the right advice alongside appropriate guidance based on their specific needs. We aim to ensure students leave with qualifications that allow access to further education and employment but still retain opportunities for students to study subjects that they are passionate about. Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum is broad so that pupils can experience a range of opportunities across the curriculum; balanced because it is unwise for pupils to narrow down their options before the age of 16; relevant to students’ individual needs and to the demands of a rapidly-changing world; and personalised so that the level and type of work are suited to the ability and learning style of each individual pupil. KS4 students also benefit from the ACE Day programme.

All students must study the following:

English – Literature and Language


Science – Trilogy or Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Humanities – History or Geography

Physical Education – Cambridge Nationals (Y10 and below) or NCFE (current Y11)

Optional Subjects (at least three of the following):

French (German is offered to the Most Able as an additional twilight GCSE)

Performing Arts – Drama Btec

Creative Arts – Art and Design GCSE, Catering (Hospitality and Catering Y10 and below (Btec), NCFE Catering for current Y11), Dance GCSE or Resistant Materials (NCFE Engineering Y10 and below, NCFE Craft for current Y11)


Business Studies


Religious Education


Wishing the best of luck to any of our ex-students collecting A Level results tomorrow. We’d love to know where you are off to next!

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Fab last lesson with Y7s this week at @ArmthorpeDN3 . When revision meets creativity!