The curriculum at William de Ferrers School is the key to achieving our schools vision, values and beliefs. In Key Stage 3, we aim to ensure that pupils are provided with a first-class forward-thinking education that prepares them fully for the challenges of Key Stage 4 and beyond.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
We aim to provide our students with the knowledge, skills and vocabulary which raise self-confidence and encourage independence of mind. We want our students to be able to formulate reasoned judgements and opinions and be able to engage in debate and conversation. Learning at William de Ferrers is academically challenging and provides opportunities to develop creativity and individuality. Every opportunity is taken to ensure that students are able to explore what it means to be a citizen of a global community, as well as understanding modern British values.
The key stage 3 curriculum provides the foundations for high levels of literacy, an extensive knowledge base and mastery of skills. The curriculum has been carefully researched and planned by subject specialists to incorporate the essential content and skills needed for success in each curricular area. The curriculum builds on prior learning at primary school and prepares students for the rigorous demands of the new GCSEs. It is essential that each student enjoys a rich and varied learning experience. Subjects are delivered in a coherent manner and build upon previous learning, to ensure that pupils understand not only what they are learning but why.
Within Key Stage 3, both mathematics and literacy are taught in ability groups from Year 7 until Year 9. These groups are determined by the results of Key Stage 2 assessment, ‘Accelerated Reader’ test results, and internal assessment mechanisms. For the remainder of the curriculum in Year 7, pupils are taught in mixed-ability groups. In physical education, boys and girls are taught separately and in broad ability groups.
Moving into Years 8 and 9, students continue to be ability grouped for mathematics, literacy and PE (these groups are more finely grouped by ability than in Year 7) but, also in English and science. Students in Year 9 begin their GCSE studies in the final summer term of each academic year. Students select their optional subjects for study at key stage 4 in the early spring of Year 9.
|Subject||Number of lessons per fortnight|
|GCSE Mathematics||8 lessons|
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE Seperate Science
GCSE Combined Science - Support Group
|Personal, Social and health Education (PSHE)||1 lesson|
|Physical Education||2 lessons|
Students select 3 subjects of any combination from the subjects below.
|GCSE Subjects||Level 1, 2 and Vocational Subjects|
|Fine Art||French||BTEC Sport|
Design and Technology - Electronics
BTEC Health and Social Care
Food Preparation and Nutrition
|Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy|
Design and Technology - Resistant Materials
|Multi Skills Construction|
|Economics||Support Studies||Graphic Design|
|Hospitality and Catering|
Before making choices from the above options subjects it is recommended that you refer to the detailed subject information that is available in the options booklet which explains the content and assessment arrangements for each of the qualifications identified above.
William de Ferrers Sixth Form offers a wide range of AS and A Level subjects as well as Level 3 BTEC courses which are equivalent to A Levels. These BTEC courses can be taken as a single award (worth 1 A Level) or a double award (worth 2 A Levels). An A Level is a General Certificate of Education (GCE) qualification designed around an individual subject which is usually assessed predominantly by examinations. In progressing towards Year 13 you will also take AS Level examinations in these subjects.
A BTEC is a vocational or applied coursework based qualification that is also well regard by universities and employers.
In addition to these academic qualifications, students also have the option to take a number of enrichment options, the details of which can also be found in the sixth form course guide.
Please follow this link to the sixth form course guide or contact Mr Russell, Director of Studies for the Upper School by using this email link for further information.