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    Seniors Curriculum

    Senior School Curriculum

    In the Senior School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares our pupils well for each next stage of study and for future careers. The details of our curriculum for each keystage can be found below.

    For further details, including information about how we teach PSHCE, British Values, how we develop the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural awareness of our pupils and our Careers programme, please see our Curriculum Policy, which can be found here:


    Curriculum Policy 2017-18

    The Polam Hall KS3 Curriculum

    All our lessons are 50 minutes long.


    Subject Lessons per wk Set/Mixed ability Other information
    English 4 (5 in Y7) Set
    Maths 5 (4 in Y8 and Y9) Set Teaching for GCSE Maths begins in Y9
    Science 3 (6 in Y9) Mixed Teaching for GCSE Science begins in Y9
    French 2 Mixed
    German 2 Mixed Taught in Y8 and Y9 only
    History 2 Mixed
    Geography 2 Mixed
    Art 1 Mixed Rotation with F Tech and Enterprise in Y8
    Food Tech 1 (2 in Y7) Mixed Rotation with Art and Enterprise in Y8
    Enterprise 1 (Y8 and Y9 only) Mixed Rotation with Art and F Tech in Y8

    Rotation with Computing and PSHCE in Y9

    PE 2 Mixed
    Computing 1 Mixed
    Music 1 Mixed
    Drama 1 Mixed
    RE 1 Mixed
    PSHCE 1 Mixed Rotation with Computing and Enterprise in Y9


    The Polam Hall KS4 Curriculum

    The following compulsory GCSE subjects are taken by all our pupils:


    Subject Lessons per wk Set/Mixed ability Other information
    English 4 in Y10/5 in Y11 Set All pupils take English Language and English Literature
    Maths 4 Set The GCSE course for Maths begins in Y9
    Science 6 Set The GCSE courses for Science begin in Y9
    RE 1 Mixed
    PSHCE 1 Mixed
    PE 1 Mixed


    Pupils can then select from the following option subjects:

    • Art
    • Business Studies
    • CACHE
    • Drama
    • Food Technology
    • French
    • Geography
    • German
    • History
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Triple Science

    Option subjects have three 50 minute lessons per week. Some option subjects will be taught in sets and others in mixed ability groups, depending on the number of pupils and demands of the subject.

    Curriculum content and assessment:

    All our subject teachers have defined the core skills and core knowledge which each year groups will be taught. We have also developed age related expectations for KS3, against which pupils are assessed. At GCSE and A Level pupils are assessed against the criteria for the specification and qualification. As an all-through school we are able to assess and track our pupils throughout their school careers. The following diagrams show how our assessment system works:


    For further, subject specific information about curriculum content and assessment, please use the subject tabs on the Senior School menu.