Curriculum Overview

Netherthorpe School – Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Statement

The aim of our curriculum at Netherthorpe is:

  • To make all learning an enjoyable experience which develops students as fully rounded individuals and enables them to explore their talents and interests.

  • To develop skills in communication, literacy, numeracy and decision making so that they are able to function in adult life.

  • To address students social, emotional and behavioural needs.

  • To prepare students for the world of work and independent living and to take their place as active citizens of the United Kingdom.

In achieving our aims we will deliver a curriculum that:

  • Is stimulating, motivating, enjoyable and seeks to engage pupils in their learning.

  • Challenges and stretches students to achieve their potential and promotes high standards.

  • Is delivered in a supportive, safe and attractive environment by high quality teaching

  • Encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour based upon mutual respect.

  • Supports post 16 progression into further education, employment or training.

  • Prepares students for life beyond school both in their personal and working lives.

  • Promotes students spiritual, moral and social development enabling them to become active citizens..

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The two year Key Stage 3 ( KS3 ) curriculum is delivered in years 7 and 8. The curriculum comprises the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and the following foundation subjects: Geography, History, Languages   ( French or Spanish ), Technology, Information Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Studies and PSHE.

The time allocation for each subject is as follows:

Number of hours per week

Subject Year 7 Year 8 
English  33
Maths  33
Science  3
Geography  2 2
History  2 2
Languages  2 2
Technology  2 2
Physical Education  2 2
Drama   1 1
Art  1 1
Religious Studies   1 1
PSHE  1 1
Music  1 1
Information Technology  1 1
  Total 25 25


On entry to the school, students will be placed into a teaching group that will study either French or Spanish. They will then study that particular language throughout the whole of KS3 ( and the first year of KS4 ).


Within technology, students study a variety of topics which presently include Food, Textiles, Graphics and Design Technology

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The three year Key Stage 4 ( KS4 ) curriculum is delivered in years 9, 10 and 11. In year 9 students follow a common curriculum before making option choices for the start of year 10. In years 10 and 11 the following subjects are compulsory: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, PE ( non examined ) and Citizenship.

The time allocation for each subject from September 2015 is as follows: - 2014-15 time allocation, if different, is shown in bracket.

Number of hours per week

Subject  Year 9Year 10 Year 11 
English (Lang / Lit  5 4
Maths 4 4 3
Double Science  3 5 5
Physical Education 2 2 1
Citizenship 1 1 
Geography  1  
History  1  
Languages 3  
Drama 1  
Art 1  
Religious Studies  1  
Music  1  
Information Technology  1  
 Total 25   
Option 1   2 3
Option 2   2 3
Option 3    2 3
Option 4    2 3
  Total  25 25



Students are allowed to choose 4 subjects from the list below ( subject to availability ). At least one choice must be from a subject marked *.

Geography (*)                  Art                                  Physical Education
History (*)                         Drama                           Religious Studies
Third Science (*)              Food                              Media Studies                       Computer Studies (*)     Resistant Materials    Health and Social Care
French (*)                          Textiles                         Music
Spanish (*)                        Graphics                       Citizenship                                 Business Studies              Information Technology

In addition to Option choices a small number of students follow vocational courses with our Learning Community providers.                                  

The Key Stage 5 Curriculum

The two year Key Stage 5 ( KS5 ) curriculum is delivered in years 12 and 13. Students select up to 4 Advanced level subjects from a prescribed list or a BTEC level 3 in Health and Social Care. They study each option subject for 5 hours per week in both years.


Offer to Y12 students for September 2015 is:   

Option A

Option B

Option C

Option D

Applied Science






English Literature

Business Studies



English Language


English Language

Health & Social Care



Product Design







Religious Studies








English Literature


Further Maths







Creative Media




Level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care (equivalent to 3 A levels)




Students who are prevented from selecting their preferred combination of subjects should discuss this with the Assistant Headteacher responsible for the 6th form. There is a degree of flexibility and we may be able to accommodate alternative choices.