The Curriculum Key points

The school ethos of all students Achieving, Belonging and Participating to secure the best possible qualifications in a positive and resilient way is fundamental to our philosophy.


Aim of the curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be balanced and broadly based and to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Our aim is to provide a curriculum that is highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all our students’ needs. We aim to ensure that students leave the schools within The Castle Partnership Trust very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.

The curriculum will:

Develop students’ knowledge of themselves as learners in order to make them more effective learners.
Encourage independent learning and positive thinking amongst all students. Prepare them for life-long learning.
Be personalised in order to meet the needs of individual students.
Build on the primary opportunities.
Ensure students are literate and numerate.

The curriculum – organisation

In Years 7 and 8 the students are split into two equal ability populations and setting occurs by subject in Maths and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in Year 7 and in Maths, MFL and English in Year 8, within the two populations. Setting in each subject is independent of that in other subjects. These sets are constantly reviewed and changes made whenever necessary. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups. In Year 9 onwards, students will be set, in equal ability populations, for English, Maths, MFL and Science.

Subjects Year 7 and 8

All students are taught core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education and PE. In addition, they will also be taught the following:

  • Humanities subjects: History and Geography.
  • Modern Foreign Languages: either one or two languages from French, Spanish, German and Mandarin.
  • Arts: Art, Textiles, Dance, Drama and Music. 
  • Design Technology, Computing and Food.
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), which is taught via timetable enrichment days at various times through the year. 


Subjects Year 9

All students are taught core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education and PE. In addition, students will select five choices which enables them to specialise in a broad range of subjects. One of the five will be the start of a two-year GCSE course, studied through Years 9 and 10.

Subjects Year 10 and 11

All students study English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, PE, PSHE, Careers and RE. Students select a further three option subjects. These options include:

  • Modern Foreign Languages: French, German, Spanish, Mandarin.
  • Humanities: Geography, History, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Child Development.
  • Computer Science or Information Communication Technology. 
  • The Arts: Music, Drama, Dance, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles.
  • Design Technology.
  • Health related subjects, GCSE PE or Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Curriculum Guide 2019-2021