All pupils at the school follow the National Curriculum, which ensures that they all receive a broad and balanced education. At Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) all pupils follow a common curriculum leading to Standard Attainment Tests towards the end of Year 9. At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 - 11) there is a greater degree of flexibility, allowing pupils to embark on some new courses and discontinue others. Key Stage 4 courses lead to examination through GCSE including double option applied GCSE. Some non examination and alternative vocational qualifications courses are available
Key Stage 3
In their first 3 years all pupils follow a common curriculum consisting of English, Maths, Science, Religious Education, History, Geography, French, Technology (which includes working with construction materials and working with food), Information Technology, Art & Design, Music, Physical Education and PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education). In addition, most pupils learn German from Year 8.
In Year 7 pupils are taught in many subjects in common groups based upon aptitudes shown in Key Stage 2 SATs and in Year 8 most departments begin to group pupils according to ability as evidenced by classwork, homework and regular assessments and examinations.
Towards the end of Year 9 pupils select the courses they wish to follow for Key Stage 4. To help pupils make their choice we have a very full programme of information and advice and we encourage parents to take a very active part in the decision-making process. Pupils will begin their GCSE courses in French and Religious Education in Year 9 to enable them to sit the exams a year early in Year 10.
Key Stage 4
A number of subjects remain compulsory for all pupils at Key Stage 4: English, Maths, Science, French, Religious Education, Physical Education and PSE. Pupils select additional subjects from a wide range of options, including History, Geography, Art, Music, Technology, German, Drama, Physical Education, Health & Social Care, Engineering, Business Studies and Leisure & Tourism. We also offer NVQ taster courses in Catering, Business Information Technology, Engineering and Hairdressing at Bury College.