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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our learners.  We aim to provide learning experiences that are challenging, exciting and fun so that students develop a life-long love of learning.  We aim to do this so that our young people become:

  • Successful learners who have high expectations, achieve, make good progress and enjoy their learning
  • Independent learners who are able to work with sustained concentration and with purpose
  • Resilient learners who are able to learn from their mistakes and not give up
  • Responsible learners who develop into responsible citizens and see the point of view of others
  • Resourceful learners who are able to find out, research and resolve problems
  • Creative learners who are able to think imaginatively and innovatively

Key Stage 3

Students at key stage 3 follow a broad and balanced curriculum in preparation for their GCSE's and A Levels. In a typical day there are 6 lessons that last for 50 minutes each.

In Year 7, students are taught in two broadly mixed ability bands.  This allows students to settle into their new school.  However, setting does occur in Maths and English.

From Year 8 onwards students are taught in sets.  They are grouped by ability in both individual subjects and groups of subjects.  During Year 9, students make informed decisions about their options for Key Stage 4.  Part way through Year 9, parents and students are invited to an Options Information Evening where they can discuss proposed choices with members of staff.

We also have 'Extended Learning' for Key Stage 3 students.  Read more on the Extended Learning web page

Key Stage 4

By the time students reach key stage 4, they will have followed courses in English, Maths, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) Design Technology, ICT, French, German, History, Geography, Ethics, Philosophy & Spirituality, Physical Education, Art, Music and Drama.  Computers are used throughout the curriculum and students therefore, have the chance to use IT as part of their everyday learning.

In Key Stage 4, all students follow courses in English, Maths, Science and PE.  In English all students also have the opportunity to gain a qualification in English Literature. The range of Science courses includes Separate Sciences and Double Award Science.

In addition to the above, students can choose subjects from a range of options including Art and Design, Business Studies, Drama, French, German, Geography, Graphics, Health & Social Care and Child Development, History, ICT, Leisure and Tourism, Music, PE, Resistant Materials and Textiles. All options are open to all students and advice will be given on an individual basis.

Subjects such as Citizenship, Personal, Social & Health Education, Careers Education and Enterprise Education continue throughout so that student's learning is kept in a context which relates both to the world of work and broader spiritual, moral, social and cultural values. At the end of Year 10, all students undertake work experience.

Key Stage 5

Campsmount offers a wide range of A level subjects from traditional courses such as Biology and Maths to vocational courses such as Health and Social Care.  For further information please visit the Sixth Form section of the website.

For more information regarding curriculum content, please choose a page from the Department menu. 

Alternative Curriculum (AC)

Campsmount delivers Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Enterprise through 'Alternative Curriculum Days'. These days are topic based and have brought national and international renown for innovation in education to Campsmount.

Careers Education forms part of our PSHE curriculum so students, from Year 7 to Year 13, can start to put their learning at school into the context of their own personal ambitions and future career aspirations.

Further Information

If you would like to speak to someone about any aspect of the school curriculum please email: heads.pa@campsmount.com