Our Curriculum

At Trafalgar School we passionately believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum experience for all of our students. Our curriculum enables every student to experience success with their learning and achieve their full potential by encouraging them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. All our students experience a curriculum that promotes high aspirations and embodies the school motto ‘Learning today, leading tomorrow’.

A curriculum that enables our students to;

  • study a full range and breadth of subjects delivered by specialist teachers.
  • specialise in subject areas that they are particularly good at and interested in for their KS4 qualifications.
  • personalise a route best suited to their academic ability and strengths
  • achieve the best grades possible in a range of subjects.
  • discover themselves, their beliefs, values and their world.
  • celebrate their successes and challenge them to be even better.

Key Stage Three

At Key Stage three our core curriculum offer is as follows;

Subject Year 7

Lessons over 2 weeks

Year 8

Lessons over 2 weeks

English 8 8
Maths 8 8
Science 5 5
French 4 4
History 2 2
Geography 2 2
Ethics and Philosophy 2 2
Art 2 2
Design Technology 3 3
Music 2 2
Drama 2 2
Dance 1 1
ICT 2 2
Physical Education 4 4
PSHCE 2 1
Learning to Learn 1 2

In year 8, students will select five option choices to study in more depth. Year 9 is a skills based year which prepares our students for the demands of the KS4 courses.


Key Stage Four 

Core Compulsory Subjects

In Key Stage 4 all students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science. They will also have on their timetable PE, PSHCE and Ethics & Philosophy. Students will take their Ethics and Philosophy exam at the end of Year 10 so that more time can be dedicated to the core subjects in year 11.

English Baccalaureate Subjects (EBacc)

Students choose four additional subjects to study at Key Stage 4 alongside the core curriculum.  The majority of students are expected to take both a language and a humanities subject, giving them a combination of subjects which forms the English Baccalaureate and demonstrates ability and achievement in a broad range of academic subjects.  These subjects are: Computing, History, Geography, French or Spanish.

Choices Subjects  

For their remaining subjects, students can choose from the courses offered by the Arts team, Technology and Sports department and the Business team. We offer a range of qualifications in these areas including GCSEs and BTECs (a GCSE equivalent). These add breadth and depth to the diversity of our Key Stage 4 curriculum.

Sciences

In Years 7 and 8 all students study the Combined Sciences curriculum of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. During Year 9, depending upon career aspirations and ability, some students will change to studying the three sciences as individual subjects enabling them to take three GCSEs. Other students will be able to continue with the core Combined Sciences course and also take Additional Science, enabling them to take two GCSEs.

Recommendations

Trafalgar School will make a recommendation for each student’s choices over the next three years. In making this recommendation the school tries to balance a number of important factors:

  • The student’s strength in each of the subjects
  • The need to have a broad and balanced approach to their subject choices
  • The importance of giving students the most appropriate qualifications they will need in the future

Please note that whilst we work hard to provide choice for students and to give as many as we can their first choice, this is not always possible. With some courses the course is only possible to run if a sufficient number of students choose it. Should this happen we will be in touch with you to discuss the best next steps.t

Our curriculum offer is reviewed annually to ensure we are meeting the needs of our learners whilst also satisfying government performance measures.

Key Stage Four Curriculum Year 9, 10 & 11

Subject Course Faculty
Art and Design (Fine) GCSE Expressive Arts
Art & Design (Graphics) GCSE Expressive Arts
Business Studies GCSE Vocational
Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA) VQ Vocational
Computer Science GCSE Vocational
Drama GCSE or BTEC Expressive Arts
Design Technology GCSE Design Technology
English Language GCSE English
English Literature GCSE English
Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE Design Technology
French GCSE Modern Foreign Languages
Geography GCSE Humanities
History GCSE Humanities
ICT GCSE Vocational
Travel and Tourism BTEC Vocational
Maths GCSE Maths
Music GCSE Expressive Arts
Photography GCSE Expressive Arts
PE GCSE PE
Science (combined) GCSE Science
Triple Science GCSE Science
Sport BTEC PE
Spanish GCSE Modern Foreign Languages