SEND & the Curriculum

Young people only get one opportunity to learn. We owe it to our students to ensure the curriculum is exciting, engaging and provides them with every opportunity to achieve educational outcomes that will make their future success inevitable.

Students participate in 25, one-hour lessons per week. We operate a two-week timetable which means students’ lessons are spread across ‘Week A’ and ‘Week B’.

In Years 7 and 8, our focus is to develop the foundations needed for successful learning across a range of subjects. Students will study English for 7 hours per fortnight; Mathematics and Science for 6 hours per fortnight; Languages (French and Spanish) for 5 hours per fortnight; PE and Technology for 4 hours per fortnight; History and Geography for 3 hours; Art, Drama, Music, Computing, Resilience (Year 7 only) and Religious and Citizenship Studies (RCS) for 2 hours per fortnight.

As they move into Year 9, we enhance our students’ knowledge, skills and understanding as we prepare them for the next significant step in their learning journey. Recognising the importance of English and Mathematics as the cornerstones for learning, we will increase the amount of time students spend studying these key subjects. Throughout Year 9 students will be provided with opportunities to consider future pathways and to decide which subjects they would like to specialise in as they move into Key Stage 4.

In Years 10 and 11, students take control of almost 40% of their learning, studying subjects that interest and enthuse them and which contribute to their longer-term goals and aspirations. At Key Stage 4, students will spend significantly more time studying core subjects: 9 hours per fortnight of English and Mathematics, and 10 hours per fortnight of core Science. We will continue to recognise the importance of developing our students as well-rounded and healthy individuals and to this end our students will participate in practical PE lessons and Personal, Social, Health, Religious and Careers Education (PSHRCE) (2 hours per fortnight).


Students that require additional in-class support will receive this from either their classroom teacher, a learning or curriculum support assistant. These specialised staff are highly trained and extremely experienced.