Curriculum

Heathcote School offers a broad and balanced curriculum, with clear progression routes for students of all abilities through Key Stages 3 to 5. The curriculum over time has evolved to meet the changing demands and needs of our students, for example, increased intervention for literacy for identified students in Year 7, Study Support for targeted students at KS4, and a demand led curriculum at KS4 and KS5. At Heathcote, we personalise and extend our curriculum to meet the needs of individuals and groups of students as they progress through the school. Our students succeed because we ensure:

  • All students have access to a curriculum that supports learning.
  • A strong core means that basic skills are embedded at an early stage so that students are able to access the wider curriculum.
  • We use our specialisms to influence learning opportunities and raise aspirations.
  • The curriculum is inclusive and meets the needs of individual students at every Key Stage.
  • ICT is used to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Our students have opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills through tutorials and citizenship programmes.
  • Healthy lifestyles are promoted.
  • An extended curriculum ensures all students have access to catch-up, extension and enrichment.

 

If you have any queries regarding the curriculum on offer at Heathcote then please contact Mr S. Bailey at [email protected].

 

KS3

Please click here to access the Key Stage 3 Curriculum.

Heathcote operates a set Assessment Procedures system, to assist with monitoring, assessing and setting targets for our students. Please click here for more information on our assessment procedures in Key Stage 3.

Subject Grade Descriptors
English Click to download
Maths Click to download
Science Click to download
History and R.E Click to download
Geography Click to download
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Click to download
Design Technology (D.T) Click to download
Drama Click to download
Music Click to download
Art Click to download
Information & Communications Technology (I.C.T) Click to download
Physical Education Click to download

 

KS4

At Key Stage 4, all students follow a core GCSE curriculum that includes:

Subject

Hours per week

English & English Literacy

5

Mathematics

5

Combined Science (Trilogy)

4

Physical Education

2

Additionally, students select three ‘Option’ GCSE subjects from the list below:

Subject

Hours per week

History

3

Geography

3

French

3

Spanish

3

Information Technology

3

Business

3

Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

7

Physical Education

3

Religious Education

3

Art & Design

3

Drama

3

Music

3

DT: Graphics

3

DT: Textiles

3

DT: Resistant Materials

3

Food and Nutrition

3

Our options evening is held in March, allowing students to learn more about their options for Key Stage 4. Please see below for our most recent options presentations launched in 2017.

2017 Curriculum Presentation for Year 8

2017 Curriculum Presentation for Year 9

 

Option choices are made from a carefully structured guidance programme throughout Year 8 to ensure students make informed choices for their future studies. The guidance includes:

  • Early survey in Year 8 to assess student interests in different subjects
  • Detailed curriculum booklet that outlines KS4 course content.
  • Curriculum evenings to meet senior staff and Department Heads.
  • Individual interviews with key staff to discuss career options and suitable subjects.

Please click here for a copy of the 2017 Option Booklet for our current Year 9 students

Please click here for a copy of the 2017 Option Booklet for our current Year 10 students

Please click here for a copy of the 2016 Option Booklet for our current Year 11 students

 

KS5

For more information please see our Sixth Form Curriculum here.