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Our Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Y7 – 9  on the Chatham House site)

At KS3 students follow a programme of the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Languages (French in Y7, French and Spanish in Year 8 and 9)
  • History
  • Geography
  • RS
  • Computing
  • Technology (Product Design and Food Technology)
  • PE and Games
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • PSHE

Students are taught in single sex groups in all lessons. All classes are mixed ability apart from Maths which is set in all years. Student’s progress in their subjects is measured from their baseline assessment (see the ‘Assessment 2016’ page for more information on our assessment system).

In addition to our timetabled curriculum, there is a very large provision of lunchtime and afterschool clubs and societies – most subjects have clubs attached to them (please see the Clubs and Societies link on the left).

At the end of KS3, Students make a choice of their ‘GCSE Options’ for year 10. Please see the ‘Y9 Options’ page for more information about this.

Key Stage 4 (Y10 & 11 on the Clarendon House site)

Students in KS4 follow a two year programme towards GCSE qualifications. The majority of students will be working towards 9 or 10 GCSEs. The core subjects are as follows:

  • English  (iGCSE) Two qualifications (English Language  and English Literature)
  • Maths  (Top set maths also study for Level 2 qualification in Further Maths)
  • Science   either Double Award or Triple Award (Core, Additional and Further) from 2016 Triple Award is replaced by ‘Separate Sciences’
  • Language -  French or Spanish

Pupils then study 3 GCSEs of their choice, one of which must be a Humanity (History, Geography or RS). See Options page for more information. All students have one games lesson per week.

Students study their core subjects in single sex classes, but their 3 option subjects are mixed. Core subjects operate some setting by ability.

Student progress is tracked regularly, by the awarding of ‘Working at’ and ‘Projected’ GCSE grades. Students are set targets by their teachers taking into account their prior attainment at KS2 and KS3.

At KS4 there are many ‘Activity Days’, when the normal timetable is suspended and students focus on a specific area, examples are Health Days, Careers Information, University visits.

6th Form – (CCVi)

The Chatham & Clarendon 6th Form (or CCVi) is based in the CCVi Centre in Cavendish Street. Students have lessons in this building as well as on the Chatham House site and the Clarendon House site.

The 6th form offers a very large range of courses. The Academic route offers the choice of 30 subjects at A Level. Students choosing a vocational pathway have a choice of 4 Vocational Subjects (Health and Social Care, Travel, Leisure, and Sport) which can be taken together, or ‘Mixed’ with A Level subjects.

All students following an Academic or Mixed route study a General Studies programme . Vocational students study toward their EPQ (Extended Project Qualification. All pupils have a Games lesson on their timetable.

Please see the 6th Form section of the website for more information.