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Key Stage 3

In KS3 all students follow the National Curriculum subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages –Spanish and/or French
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • Personal and Social Development

For 2021-2022 all students in Key Stage 3 study 8 different Art and Technology subjects through a yearly carousel of 4 rotations. This gives them a wide variation of practical and academic learning opportunities. Two carousel subjects are followed each week for a 9-10 week rotation, and these include Fine Art, Textiles Art, Digital Art, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Music, Drama and Dance.

Students in Year 7 also have a weekly lesson called ‘Futures’. This aims to support students in thinking about their futures, including careers, and the skills that are needed to achieve their ambitions. This includes the development of personal skills and learning strategies as well as finding out about the routes into future career paths. It helps to prepare and support students for the learning they do in their other lessons. Aspects of Futures are also covered within PSHE in Years 8 and 9.

Students in KS3 also have a dedicated Literacy lesson each week. This is designed to boost students Literacy to improve their oral and written competence and confidence. Students with weaker English literacy skills will be in smaller classes with session designed to accelerate their progress.

A small number of students at Key Stage 3 may have additional English lessons instead of Languages in order to strengthen their English progress and their ability to succeed in other lessons.

Students in Key Stage 3 are organised into mixed ability classes, and can be set in Maths. A small group of students needing additional English are set in English. Students are taught in mixed ability classes for all other subjects.

Students choose their option subjects for Key Stage 4 in Term 3/4 of Year 9. Students in Year 9 receive detailed information, advice and guidance about their KS4 subject choices. Parents are fully involved in this, including through Parents’ Evening and Options Evening.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) we offer a wide range of courses to ensure that all students have the opportunity to study subjects about which they are passionate, and to encourage a love of learning. Our focus in KS4 curriculum development is on quality and choice. We review our KS4 offer each year, and we evaluate the success of all courses regularly during the academic year.

All students study Maths, English Language and English Literature at GCSE. All students study Science at Key Stage 4: some students will study for three GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, some will study for two GCSEs in Combined Science. The head of science and science teachers will talk to students about the course which is right for them. All students will take core PE, and will study a programme of Personal and Social Development. Students will be set in Maths.

All subjects are GCSEs except for Visual Communication and Children’s Learning and Development which are Technical Awards, which are a vocational equivalent of GCSEs. We also support some students to study Level 1 Vocational Courses to meet their needs, and Functional Skills in English and maths.

All students are able to choose a combination of subjects to achieve the English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a modern foreign language and one of Geography and History). We expect all students to choose at least one of Spanish, French, Computer Science, History and Geography.

Some students will also be able to choose additional lessons in English and Maths as one of their option choices to boost their progress in these key areas. In Year 10 all students undertake work experience in a wide range of placements to match their different interests and abilities.

We provide support for students to continue their studies when they leave Barnwood Park. All students receive one-to-one careers interviews, and we have strong links with sixth forms and colleges which help each of our students continue their learning successfully.

Please contact Mr Fuller the Deputy Head if you have any questions concerning the curriculum at

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