Formal Curriculum

What is the Formal Curriculum? 

The Formal Curriculum contains the range of subjects which make up a broad and balanced education. It aims to provide students with the powerful knowledge and skills they need to flourish in life, learning and work.



The specifics of what students learn are important to us, and we believe strongly in a curriculum as represented by these academic disciplines. 

  • English  
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Humanities
  • Art, Design and Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education and Sport
  • Business Studies and Enterprise  

 Further down this page, you can click through to the subject specific pages which outline the nature of the disciplines which form part of the formal curriculum in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. 

A curriculum based on ‘Big Ideas’ 

All of our subjects have based their curriculum design around the ‘Big Ideas’ of their subject. The ‘Big Ideas’ capture the fundamental areas of knowledge and skills that students will need to develop on their journey to becoming subject experts. The ‘Big Ideas’ are not age specific, but describe the skills and knowledge that are taught and assessed whatever a student’s age. 

knowledge rich’ curriculum 

Our Formal Curriculum has been planned carefully to ensure students move from ‘novice’ to ‘expert’ from Year 7 to Year 13 and beyond. 

Individual subjects have carefully planned the order in which the curriculum is delivered, and we also look for opportunities to make links across subjects. 

Within our their Big Ideas, individual subjects are broken down into specific details of what we expect students to learn now and, more importantly, remember effectively in the future.  

The curriculum pages below outline how the different subjects content have been broken down across Key Stage 3. Within each unit of work, you will also see a ‘Knowledge Organisers’. These Knowledge Organisers are usually a one page document which contain the knowledge we expect student to learn completely by the end of each unit of study.  

You can read more about how students can achieve this at the How We Teach section of the website. 

Curriculum Pages 

Key Stage 3 Formal Curriculum: 

Grouping arrangements vary across subjects in order to maximise student performance. 

Key Stage 4 Formal Curriculum

Details of the Key Stage formal curriculum can be found at this link to the Key Stage 4 Course Choices process.

Key Stage 5 Formal Curriculum

Details of the Key Stage 5 formal curriculum can be found at this link to the Sixth Form Curriculum.