Key Stage 3 (KS3) Years 7-8An overview of how Crompton House structures the curriculum delivery for Key Stage 3
We have a two-year Key Stage 3 which introduces students to many subjects they may continue into Key Stage 4.
At the start of year 7, it is important that students settle in quickly. Coming to a large and vibrant secondary school is a big change for their Primary School experience. To assist with this, we use information collected from the Primary School, SATs and CATs data to place students into appropriate teaching groups that will enable all students to maximise progress and ensure that class sizes are balanced.
Across most subjects in years 7 and 8, including science, humanities, music and drama, students will remain in the same teaching group; this allow them to develop good interpersonal relationships and enables teachers to work collaboratively to improve the teaching and learning dynamics for each class. The arts and technologies are taught in smaller mixed ability classes in order to comply with all health and safety requirements and to allow greater teacher support in practical subjects. Students also study a number of other subjects including maths, English and a modern foreign language, also PSHE, work-related learning and PE.
In Year 8, students decide which subjects they wish to study at GCSE. Using DfE and in-school data, we recommend students for different subject pathways, including Separate or Dual science options, modern foreign languages, and other subjects specifically suited to support students with educational needs.
• Students on the red ‘high’ ability pathway will be required to follow a pathway that meets the Ebacc requirements (including a humanities and a modern foreign language).
• Students on the yellow ‘middle’ ability pathway may opt to follow an Ebacc route if appropriate, but are not required to do so.
• Students on the blue ‘low’ ability pathway may also opt to follow an Ebacc route if appropriate; however, they are also offered a number of vocational subjects, or they may exchange a GCSE option for additional numeracy or literacy. In a few cases, it may be appropriate to offer a reduced number of options and use the gained time for extra support in the learning hub.
The options process begins in the Autumn term with a Parents Information Evening; this gives parents essential information on the options process so that they can give greater support to their son or daughter. For students, the process begins in January with assemblies to explain the options process and introduce new subjects that have not been taught at Key Stage 3. Students have taster lessons in all subjects to help them gain greater insight into which subjects may be most appropriate for them.
In February we hold a ‘Careers and Information’ evening. This is highly valued by all who attend, giving students and parents the opportunity to meet subject leaders, further education providers, and a wide range of business advisors. In addition, parents and students may book in for one-to-one meeting with a member of the senior leadership team or pastoral team to review and discuss career aspirations and suitable GCSE options.
Subject options are made during the spring term between February half term and Easter. Our timetable manager constructs the timetable for September of that year to ensure that most students starting Year 9 are given the opportunity to study their desired options. Where this is not possible, we will inform students and parents and a suitable alternative subject is agreed.