Curriculum

As an Academy we have the freedom to decide the best qualifications for our very able students and we keep our curriculum model under constant review to ensure our students benefit from the best opportunities available, whilst preserving a commitment to the longstanding academic values of a Grammar School.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9

Students joining us in Year 7 study Art, Computing, Design and Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Music, Personal Development, Physical Education and Games, Religious Education and Science. As they progress through their first three years, they also have the opportunity to start learning other languages (Spanish and Mandarin.) On Tuesday afternoons we further enrich our curriculum with a wide range of additional learning activities from cookery and climbing to yoga and bushcraft! Year 9 is a transition year when in most subjects students meet some GCSE skills and content. During Year 9 our information, advice and guidance programme helps students in deciding which subjects they will choose to study in Years 10 and 11 to GCSE.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

Students take all their external GCSE qualifications at the end of Year 11. All students have a core curriculum of English Literature, English Language, Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. They can then choose four options subjects from the list below, on top of the non-examined subjects of PDC (Personal Development Curriculum), Physical Education, Core PTE and Games. Tuesday afternoons and termly Flexible Learning Days provide extra opportunities for enrichment activities and careers advice.

Art, French, Business Studies, Geography, Music, Computing, German, Physical Education, Design and Technology, History, Religious Education, Drama and Spanish.

Our student-centred system means we give free choice, under guidance of the pastoral and academic teams, as to which GCSEs a student would like to follow. We then build the curriculum around them. We feel this is the best approach to meet the needs of each individual student in our care.

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13

The Sixth Form years offer exceptional opportunities for academic progress and self-development. Our curriculum meets all aspects of the Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds - our IAG (Information and Guidance Programme) and a vast array of enrichment and super-curricular activity supplementing pupils' core academic study. We offer a unique combination of A level and Pre-U qualifications - recognised as the 'gold standard' by universities and allowing some of our students to have their achievements at this level to be recognised as 'beyond A*'.

The majority of our students begin year 12 on four advanced level or Pre U courses, usually moving onto three in year 13. A small number of students studying Maths and Further Maths may wish to study 5 subjects, but this is the exception rather than the norm. Many students also elect to complete an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), an area in which our students have had outstanding success.

Subjects currently on offer at Pate's Sixth Form:

English (Pre U), Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Art, French, Economics, Geography (Pre U), Music, Computing, German, Physical Education, Design and Technology, History, Religious Education, Drama and Spanish.

For more information on the Pate's Curriculum please see our Whole School and Sixth Form Prospectuses or contact the school office - office@patesgs.org

"The range of subjects we do is amazing and the Tuesday Afternoon Enrichment Block has allowed me to do activities such as Mandarin, Cookery, Public Speaking and Bushcraft in addition to all my usual subjects on my timetable" (Year 8 student)