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Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Key Stage 3 curriculum is a carefully planned, broad and balanced curriculum that builds on the learning from Key Stage 2, and also offers subjects that are new for year 7 students. Key Stage 3 includes all students in Year 7 to Year 9.

We review our curriculum regularly and are currently developing the 'Curriculum Statement 2020' to ensure all students benefit from the best possible academic and personal learning opportunities. Our staff pride themselves on seeking new ideas and use of the latest technologies to engage every student so they enjoy coming to school to learn whilst developing into confident, well-rounded young adults.

When students arrive in Year 7 the curriculum focuses on ensuring they settle quickly and start to take full advantage of their new school environment.  We have strong links with local primary schools and liaise closely with them to ensure information is shared and we plan ahead to meet the needs of every student.

We believe in building a sense of focus on learning and positive achievements from the first day at CVHS.  At the same time, we encourage students to look to the future: 'keeping the end in mind'. Therefore, as students learn there is a focus on the endpoint:GCSE qualifications in Year 11. Subjects taught at Key Stage 3 involve the development of skills and techniques required at GCSE. Progress towards GCSE begins at the start of Year 7 and we support learning by identifying these key skills and techniques and assessing how well they are developing through each subject over the year. Parents are provided with a “Creating Futures” report three times per year to monitor progress throughout Key Stage 3. 
Students study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Humanities (History and Geography) 
  • Design Technology (Food, Textiles, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials)
  • Computing
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Drama
  • Social Studies (includes the statutory requirements of health and sex education, careers education, Religious Education and the cross-curricular themes of citizenship, environmental awareness, work related learning and enterprise education).

All students belong to a Form Group.  The Form Group is led by a Form Tutor who, typically, will stay with their group throughout their five years at CVHS. Forms Groups meet daily with their Tutor and there is a year group specific programme of learning, including a weekly opportunity for a Year Group assembly.

Each year group is led by an Achievement Coordinator (AC) and a Deputy Achievement Coordinator (DAC).

The Careers Advisors are available to all students on a drop in basis; during designated Social Studies lessons; career specific ‘spotlight’ sessions; parents’ evenings and guided choices evenings; and scheduled appointments.
Students have access to a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs.

Personal support for students is available at all times through the Wellbeing Centre. Students can be referred to the centre, self-refer or take advantage of  drop-in sessions and workshops. Scheduled appointments are available for students as needed.

An overview of the Key Stage 3 curriculum can be downloaded here.