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Curriculum

The Spires College aims to provide an integrated, comprehensive and varied curriculum in an environment where the whole learning experience is one of enjoyment, opportunity, endeavour, achievement and excellence.

How our curriculum is constructed

Our timetable is split into two weeks, Week A and Week B, during which 50 hours of lessons are rotated. Here is how much time is allocated to each subject over the 2 week period:

Key Stage 3

 

English

Maths

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

IT

PE

History

Geography

SMSC

MFL

Art

Drama

Music

Technology

Year 7

7

7

2

2

2

2

4

4

4

2

6

2

2

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 8

7

7

2

2

2

2

4

4

4

2

6

2

2

2

2

 

Selective Students

As a Bilateral School, a number of students in each year group are allocated a selective place via the completion of the 11+ exam.

These students receive a particularly academically rigorous curriculum, including Economics in Key Stage 3.  At Key Stage 4, these students are advised to follow a highly academic pathway to include Triple Science, a Humanity and a Language.

 

 

Key Stage 4

 

English

Maths

Science

ICT*

PE

SMSC

Opt A

Opt B

Opt C

Opt D

Opt E

Year 9

8

8

9

3

4

2

4

4

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10

8

8

9

 

4

1

4

4

4

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 11

8

8

9

3

4

2

4

4

4

4

 

Note: ICT time given to Triple Science students

Option Subjects available in each year
Year 9

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Geography

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Art

Food Preparation and Nutrition

History

Computer Science

Business Studies

French

Music

Drama

BTEC Dance

Geography

Sport and Active Leisure

BTEC Engineering

Media

History

Spanish

History

Sport Science

Music Practitioners

 

Product Design

 

Photography

 

Year 10

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Block E

Business Studies

French

Geography

Art

Art

Dance

Geography

IT

Computer Science

Business Studies

Drama

SEN Geography

Media

Drama

Computer Science

Engineering

IT

Science 1

Geography

French

Product Design

Psychology

Science 2

History

Geography

Psychology

Spanish

Sports Science

Media

History

Photography

 

 

Music

Health & Social Care

Spanish

 

 

Sports Science

 

 

Year 11

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Art

Art

Business Studies

Business Studies

Catering

Construction

Catering

Geography

Computer Science

Computer Science

Dance

History

Engineering

Geography

Drama

Health & SC

French

History

French

Literacy/Numeracy

Geography

Health & SC

Geography

Media

History

Photography

History

Music

Public Services

Spanish

Media

Photography

Sports Science

Sports Science

Product Design

 

 

 

Spanish

 

 

Key Stage 5

Each subject is allocated 9 hours per fortnight.