Curriculum Overview

Underpinning our philosophy of being ‘ambitious for all our students’ is a broad, balanced, relevant and exciting curriculum which ensures continued progression and development, both academic and personal.

We hope that it will enable students to leave school with strong morals, a tolerant and enquiring mind and a positive, well-rounded outlook.

If you do have any questions regarding our curriculum, or wish to find out more about the curriculum that we offer, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office using the details at the bottom of this page.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 and 8:

Students follow the curriculum below.

Art (2 lessons per fortnight)     

Design and Technology (3 lessons per fortnight)  

Drama (2 lessons per fortnight)

English (6 lessons per fortnight)

French or Spanish (6 lessons per fortnight)

Geography (3 lessons per fortnight)

History (3 lessons per fortnight)

ICT (2 lessons per fortnight)

Maths (7 lessons per fortnight)

Music (2 lessons per fortnight)

Personal Development (PD) (1 lesson per fortnight)

Physical Education (PE) (4 lessons per fortnight)

Religious Education (RE) (3 lessons per fortnight)

Science (6 lessons per fortnight)

Some students may be invited to take part in a specialist Literacy group. This is done in consultation with parents and involves the students concentrating on key Literacy skills such as reading and spelling in place of studying a modern foreign language.

Year 9:

In March of Year 8, students are involved in a mini Options process. They are asked to choose three of the subjects below in which they would like to specialise during Year 9. Students then receive three lessons per fortnight of the subjects that they have chosen during Year 9.

Art                                                         Food

Dance                                                   Graphic Products

Drama                                                  Resistant Materials

Music                                                    Textiles

They continue to study the remainder of the curriculum, as outlined above, as normal.

Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11

All students study the Core Subjects at GCSE:

  • English and English Literature
  • Maths
  • Science and Additional Science
  • RE

Students then have a choice of Options Subjects:

GCSEs                                                                                   Vocational Courses

Art                                                                                          Engineering

Business Studies                                                                 Hospitality (HALO)

Computing                                                                           Health and Social Care  

Dance                                                                                    Sports Leadership




Graphic Products





Physical Education

Resistant Materials



All students continue their core Physical Education and Personal Development lessons.

Please see the individual subject pages for more detail on the courses that we offer at Key Stage 4.

Sixth Form

Please see the Twynham Sixth Form website for details of the courses that are available.