Curriculum – Year 9

Our mission statement “an achieving school, a caring community” is reflected in the curriculum which enables students to pursue and develop their talents, academic interests and skills. We are proud of our model for Year 9 – we believe it embodies our curriculum statement – enabling social mobility and providing success and challenge for all.

The Year 9 curriculum has been carefully planned and sequenced to ensure that learning from Years 7 and 8 is built upon and embedded.
Students study a broad core (compulsory) curriculum plus their first choices of option subjects. We believe that this model gives students some ownership of their curriculum and enables us to offer a diverse range of subjects, whilst maintaining the breadth of study offered by the Core curriculum.

In addition, students will choose their option subjects. Each year the range of option subjects and the content of the courses may change.

Core Curriculum:

Maths (1 x GCSE)

English Language (1 x GCSE)

English Literature (1 x GCSE)

Science – students will study all of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will either be entered for the Combined (2 GCSEs) or Separate (3 GCSEs) qualifications.



A Modern Foreign Language – most learners will continue to study a language to GCSE. Some learners will be offered alternate choices for their Year 10 and 11 studies.

PE (not examined)

Cooperative Learning (not examined)

RE (at least ½ a GCSE)

All students will continue with Geography OR History to GCSE. Some students may choose to continue both subjects (in exchange for one of their option subjects)



The list of option subjects varies each year. Students choose 2 subjects from the following list:


Business Studies

Child Development

Computer Science

Deign and Technology: Graphic Products, Resistant Materials or Textiles




MFL (this option is for students who wish to study two languages)



(Each year the range of option subjects and the content of the courses may change).