Curriculum KS3


  • The aim of the curriculum in Year 9, in common with the Years 7 and 8, is to keep a wide variety of options open for the pupils. New students into the College are given the opportunity to try a variety of subjects in the hope that they will identify strengths for GCSE. There are a few differences:
  1. a. All pupils will have a drama/music lesson once each week, on a carousel, to augment the creative provision.
  2. b. The LSU and the languages department will jointly identify students for whom language provision should cease. These may be new entrants who have had no history in languages and who have a SpLD of may be current students who have reached the limits of their abilities. In both cases, a better alternative may be SpLD lessons.
  3. c. Talented new entrants have, at times, been able to start a new MFL ab-initio. Pupils in Year 9 take the Asset Language examinations. 
  • Common Entrants: Those pupils entering from Prep schools will probably be quite advanced in both Maths and MFL. It is the College’s aim to push these pupils in these subjects through differentiation so that they do not idle through Year 9. 
  • Setting by ability: Every effort is made to set the core subjects and MFL. This is done on the basis of CAT tests on entry, Common Entrance and MidYIS testing before Christmas. Again it is flexible to allow for improvements. Humanities may be setted where it is possible but groups for other subjects will be randomly selected. 
  • Homework: This should amount to approximately 1.5hr each evening. The first hour will be done, under supervision, from 4.30 – 5.30 every evening. Staff should be on hand to provide support and guidance. Work not completed should be done at home that evening. 
  • PHSE: All Year 9 students attend an afternoon of PHSE from September – December. Including lectures on Bullying, Drink, Drugs, Relationships. 
  • CCF: After Christmas, Year 9 pupils will all join the CCF where they will complete a course until the end of Year 10.     This will provide more opportunities for teamwork and eventually leadership.
  • SpLD: Lessons are arranged on a 1-1 basis in the Cottage. They will never take place in core lessons or in place of a lesson much loved by the pupil. This will ensure there is no resentment. Negotiated settlement is the preferred result with before school, after school and breaks all possible.
  • Chapel: Year 9 pupils attend Chapel on their own once every few weeks and the main school Chapel services on Friday.
  • Team sports: There are usually two boys’ teams and two girls’ teams in Year 9 for all the major team sports.
  • Assemblies: There are one full school assembly, one Chapel and one Year group assembly each week.
  • Tutor Periods: Tutors meet with their tutees for registration twice each day. There is a longer tutor meeting after school on Wednesday.
  • A co-curricular activities programme offers:
    1. A range of evening activities for boarders. Sport, films and trips.
    2. Main school activities such as Archery, Fencing etc
    3. Musical Activities: Orchestra, Choir, Rock Bands and Music Technology.
    4. Saturday morning activities: Golf Academy, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Climbing.
    5. Greenpower Car building and Racing.
  • Careers: From Christmas, advice is given on GCSE choices. These are informed by the use of CAT data, MidYIS data and the chances graphs. Parents are involved, and fully informed, throughout.
  • G&T: Any students identified as G&T should be given extra challenges where possible. This might be achieved through imaginative use of the co-curricular time or through differentiation. It will also be possible to put these into house groups by using the Vertical Tutor Programme.