At Orleans Park we have a three-year Key Stage 3, and we offer as broad a curriculum as possible.
Students are taught in mixed ability classes apart from Mathematics. All National Curriculum subjects are covered; English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, a Foreign Language, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and PSHE. In Years 7 and 8, students also study Drama, Film Studies, Food, Textiles and Photography. We build upon the high standards set at Key Stage 2 (Primary) and work closely with our local primary schools ensuring that our Key Stage 3 curriculum is relevant, engaging and challenging. For each subject, students have a "Learning Journey" which outlines key vocabulary, what they will be learning and how they will be assessed.
Some subjects in Year 9 are compulsory ensuring that there is full coverage of the National Curriculum. These subjects include English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Computing, Music, Art, DT, PRE and PE/Games. Students will also study at least one language in Year 9 ( French, German or Spanish).
However, at this stage in their education students at Orleans Park now have some choice over the courses they study and the remainder of curriculum time is individual and personalised. Students get four option choices and the options on offer are varied as we aim to meet the needs and aspirations of all of our students. A student's choice of subjects will be determined by their aptitude and their interest and enthusiasm for the subject. The following subjects are on offer : Business, Child Development,, Drama, Hospitality and Catering, French, German, Media Studies ,Physical Education ,Religious Studies ,Textiles and Spanish. Students may opt to study a second language from this list if they wish to do so.
For a small number of students, we can recommend our Flexible Pathway. This pathway is for invited students only, and families will be approached by the school over the next few weeks to discuss this. Students on this pathway are provided with the opportunity to complete the Prince’s Trust Programme as an alternative to one option subject.
At the end of Year 9 students will select which subjects they wish to take for GCSE.
Below you will find FAQs for English, Maths and Science at KS3 for 2022-23. Each document indicates the subject lead for that particular subject. If you have any additional questions, please contact the named teacher in the first instance via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curriculum Choices Handbook 2023
Curriculum Choices Presentation 2023
Year 9 Curriculum Choices Form