Curriculum

Our school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences we provide for our pupils. As a maintained school, we teach the latest National Curriculum as prescribed by the Department for Education.

We offer a full range of National Curriculum subjects, ensuring that each child follows a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of our modern British society and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Our school timetable comprises 25 one hour teaching periods per week for each year group.

Key Stage 3 (Years, 7, 8, 9)

During their first three years at Broughton, pupils follow subjects according to the National Curriculum. As well as the ‘core subjects’ of English, Maths and Science, the students also study the ‘foundation subjects’ of Art, Business, Computing, Design and technology, Drama, Humanities (History, Geography & Religious Education) Languages (French & German), Music, Physical Education, together with Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and Learn to Learn.

A summary of the time allocation for each subject at Key Stage 3 is shown in the table below.

SubjectYear 7 (hours)Year 8 (hours)Year 9 (hours)
English333
Mathematics333
Science333
Art111
Business0.5-0.5
Computing11.51.5
Design and Technology222
Drama0.5-1
Humanities543.5
Languages243
Music111
Physical Education222
PSHE10.50.5

(25)(25)(25)

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In Year 10 and Year 11 pupils work towards predominantly GCSE qualifications. They follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and RE/PSHE. Pupils then have a choice of option subjects from a guided option scheme. We offer a range of GCSE courses, but recognise that some students require a personalised curriculum to meet their needs and alternative courses, including vocational qualifications, may be appropriate.

A student has a choice of two option routes depending on whether they wish to study separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or a combined Science course.

Pupils studying separate Sciences choose three additional subjects, whilst students studying combined Science choose four additional subjects from the following list:

  • Art
  • Applied Business
  • Computer Science
  • ICT
  • Drama
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • German
  • DT-Engineering
  • DT-Food Technology/Catering
  • DT-Graphic Products
  • DT-Resistant Materials
  • DT-Textiles
  • Health and Social Care
  • Music
  • Religious Studies

The tables below give a summary of the time allocation at Key Stage 4 depending on the route taken.

Separate Science route
Year 10 (hours)Year 11 (hours)
English Language and Literature43
Mathematics and Statistics43
Separate Sciences78
Option 132
Option 223
Option 323
RE/PSHE11
Physical Education22

(25)(25)

Combined Science route
Year 10 (hours)Year 11 (hours)
English Language and Literature43.5
Mathematics and Statistics43.5
Combined Sciences55
Option 132
Option 223
Option 323
Option 423
RE/PSHE11
Physical Education21

(25)(25)

At both Key Stage 3 and 4 we recognise that careers education and guidance form an important part of the curriculum. A variety of support and advice, including an independent careers advisor and other external sources, is provided to help students progress into further education, training or work.

Find out more about Options.