Key Stage 3 & 4

The school operates a ten-day timetable and each day includes five one-hour lessons, which meets National Assembly requirements. The medium of teaching is English.  Welsh is taught as a second language throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.

During Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) the following subjects are taught :

Hospitality and Catering

History

• Mathematics

• Religious Education

• Biology

• Art

• Chemistry

• Technology

• Physics

• Music

• French

• Drama

• Physical Education

• Welsh

• Personal, Social and Health Education

• Geography

• ICT

In Year 7, teaching groups are organised in mixed ability groupings, and follow a theme-based approach to learning. Much emphasis is placed on ensuring that pupils of all abilities are suitably challenged by the learning opportunities presented to them.  This requires careful differentiation of learning materials and teaching methods.  Exceptionally able pupils are encouraged to develop any particular aptitudes they may have and each subject department is required to operate procedures for identifying such pupils and suitable strategies for teaching them.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) all pupils study a common core of subjects, consisting of :

• English

• Religious Education

• Mathematics

• Physical Education

• Science

• Social Studies

• Welsh

• Welsh Baccalaureate

Additionally, pupils choose optional subjects from the following list:

• Science (Separate Physics, Chemistry and Biology)

• History

• Art

• Geography

• French

• ICT

• Drama

• Music

• Welsh

• Physical Education

• Religious Studies

• Health, Social Care & Child Development

• Technology


Technology Past Papers

• Construction


These subjects are taught to GCSE level. Some are also available at Entry Level.

The following vocational courses are also offered at Key Stage 4:

• Hospitality and Catering

• Engineering

As part of 14 – 19 Pathways pupils also have the opportunity to study courses at off site locations.

An alternative curriculum is available for a small number of pupils whom the full curriculum does not suit. They follow the core curriculum, and a variety of other subjects to suit their needs; this may include off site work placement.

Further details on curriculum matters are available on application to the school.