About our Curriculum

Curriculum

The curriculum we offer is broad and balanced in Key Stage 3 and offers students the opportunity to discover new talents and interests and develop the skills and existing knowledge they have acquired at Primary school. This allows students to make informed and well guided choices as they specialise and narrow the breadth of their curriculum as they enter Key Stage 4 and study for their GCSEs.

During Key Stage 3, students follow the National Curriculum over a two week timetable covering: Maths, English, Science, French (and German from Year 8), History, Geography, RE, Art, Drama, Music, ICT and Computing, Design Technology (Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles). Personal Health and well-being is also addressed through Physical Education and Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education.

In Key Stage 4 students continue to study English Language and Literature, Maths, Science (Combined or Separate), RE, PE and ICT and computing. They can then specialise through the options process. Choices are supported through specialist academic and careers advice to ensure that students and their parents are fully informed regarding the important choices they make.

Students follow one of three pathways for GCSE option choices:

Progression Pathway which requires students to take the subjects included in the English Baccalaureate (GCSE French and History or Geography) together with two other options.

Main Pathway which requires students to take either GCSE Geography or History. Students on this pathway may also choose to study all subjects in the English Baccalaureate up to a total of four option subjects.

Personalised Pathway students may study a reduced number of option subjects in order to access further support with the core subjects. Some students on the personalised pathway may spend some time completing the ASDAN award.

GCSE Option subjects currently include:

  • Art
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Design Technology: Resistant Material
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT or Computer Science
  • Photography
  • Sports Studies (GCSE PE)

Some students may extend their learning by attending one our partner schools or specialist providers for example Applied Art GCSE at a local studio and gallery or Outdoor Education at Bewerley Park.

More detailed information regarding individual subjects can be found by clicking on the subject button on the website. Parents and students are issued with full details of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum as part of the options process in Year 9. Queries relating the curriculum will be directed to the relevant member of staff via Mrs Trish Wardell, Receptionist or via admin@nidderdale.n-yorks.sch.uk.