Years 7-9 Ages 11-14
(Key Stage 3)
We aim to make the transition between the primary school and the secondary school as smooth as possible. Teachers from Eastbury meet regularly with teachers from local primary schools to ensure that we are building on the skills, knowledge and understanding that children have acquired at Key Stages 1 and 2 in their primary schools.
Students follow courses in English, Mathematics, Science, French, Art, Music, Drama, Design & Technology, Physical Education, Information & Communication
Technology (ICT), History, Geography, Citizenship and Religious Education. They
also follow a programme of Personal and Social Education (PSE).
Students are placed into sets of different ability for the teaching of most subjects. The curriculum is differentiated - meaning that each student is given work suited to her/his ability and aptitude. Students experience a variety of learning situations: individualised programmes, group work, and whole class teaching. All students should find the curriculum stimulating and challenging.
Years 10-11 Ages 14-16
(Key Stage 4)
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to achieve breadth, balance and coherence. Like most secondary schools, we divide the programme into a compulsory part, to ensure key skills are covered and assessed, and an optional part, to provide choice based on aptitude and interest.
All students study English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, PSE including
Religious Education & Citizenship, and Physical Education. Students then choose
from a wide variety of options which includes French, Art, Photography, Music,
Drama, Food Technology, Physical Education as full GCSE, ICT, History, Geography, Religious Education as full GCSE and Business Studies. We are
developing our Vocational GCSEs for students who want a course with a
practical and work-orientated approach.
Key Stage 4 is a demanding time, but our intention is that our students will reach the age of 16 with a wide range of options open for their future.
The Curriculum for Years
12 and 13
We are fortunate in having a new purposebuilt Sixth Form Centre and a large number of students staying on to further their studies in one or two year courses. We offer a range of AS & A level subjects and vocational courses.
Many students go on to Further and Higher Education courses at a variety of
Universities and Further Education Colleges.
The Sixth Form is an exciting and dynamic time for our young adults, with many
opportunities to take part in clubs, trips and fund-raising activities.
We have a separate Sixth Form prospectus, which is published annually and gives full details about the courses and facilities we offer.
We regard homework as an essential part of every student’s curriculum and learning experience. In all subjects, students are expected to continue their studies outside the classroom. All subjects set homework regularly, usually on a weekly basis.
Students are given a homework timetable, indicating when homework will be set for each subject and a homework diary to help them organise their studies. Every parent is asked to ensure that students devote adequate time to homework and sign their child’s diary each week.
Homework will not always be written work, it may be drawing, reading, research,
revising or memorising. The importance of regular reading cannot be over-emphasised.
The school has a large Learning Resource Centre, including a well-stocked library, and we expect all students to use it.
Gifted and Talented Students
As part of assessment and monitoring, we identify students who are gifted and
talented in the school.
Teachers responsible for these students set suitable challenges throughout the
A full programme of additional activities, out of school time, is also organised to allow students to develop their talents to the full.
Curriculum access for students with Special
For students who experience difficulty with learning, the school has a team of Special Needs teachers which can provide support with learning and help students to access their basic entitlements of the National Curriculum. We work towards ensuring access throughout the curriculum, providing an education which is appropriate to the needs of all our students.
Further information about our Special Educational Needs policy, which details the
provision for all students with Special Educational Needs, both with and without
statements, may be obtained from the school.
The Hearing Impaired Base
We are proud to house the Local Education Authority’s Hearing Impaired Base specially equipped rooms, thus enabling students with hearing difficulties to be educated in a comprehensive school.
School Examination Entry Policy
The school values the success of all students. All students who complete
course requirements will be entered for public examinations.