About the Curriculum

Students at BGS follow a broad, balanced curriculum which is relevant to their needs and  designed to cater for all abilities. Our curriculum is designed to support our wider school aims, that students:

  • Have the ambition and confidence to achieve their dreams
  • Act with self-awareness, empathy and tolerance
  • Have the independence and resilience to overcome barriers

In order to match work to students’ need, and to accelerate the progress of all students, we employ a mixed ability system across most subject areas: such a system is helping us develop the cultural literacy of all students whilst, through strong differentiation within the classroom, enabling all learners to achieve their personal bests.

For information on how GCSE and A-Levels have recently changed, click the link below.

GCSE and A level reform for parents

For help understanding the new GCSE numbered grading system, click the link  below.

Information regarding the new GCSE number grading system.pdf

British Values

At BGS we aim to encourage all of our students to understand the fundamental British values of rule of law, democracy, individual liberty and mutual respect/ tolerance of people of all faiths, races and cultures.

For the British Values Statement, click the link below.

Promoting British Values.pdf

If you require any additional information about the curriculum, please contact the Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum), Mr Hamshaw-Hart by e-mail at l.hamshaw@beverleygrammar.co.uk

Key Stage 3 – Year 7, 8 and 9

Students take the following subjects (The number of hours per week are shown for each year group)

Subject Hours in year 7 Hours in year 8 Hours in year 9
English 5 4 4
Mathematics 4 4 4
Science 3 3 3
Design Technology 2 2 2
Modern Foreign Language 2 2 2
Geography 1 1 2
History 1 2 1
Religious Education 1 1 1
Art 1 1 1
Computing 1 1 1
Music 1 1 1
Physical Education 2 2 2
PSHCE 1 1 1

Students will study one Modern Foreign Language throughout Key Stage 3, either French or German.

Students are set for Mathematics. Students are placed into a mixed ability teaching group for the remaining subjects.


Key Stage 4 – Year 10 & 11

Full details of Key Stage 4 Options are available to download in the Options Booklet for each academic year. These will be available on the homepage when they are published.

In years 10 and 11 all students study the following subjects to GCSE level:
(The number of hours per week are shown in brackets)

  • English (4)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • Science (6)

Students also have 2 hours of Physical Education per week and follow programmes of PSHE and RE, which are delivered in form times and specialist “drop-down” days.

These subjects form the statutory Core Curriculum. In addition students choose one of four possible routes:

Route E: EBacc learning

Students choose to study courses which will lead to achieving the EBacc (a Modern Foreign Language and a Humanity) and one other from the list shown for route E and O. Each of these subjects is studied for three hours per week.

Route O: Open learning

Students choose to study one of the courses below and two additional subjects from the list shown for route E and O. Each of these subjects is studied for three hours per week.

  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History

Route T: Technical learning

Students choose to study one of the courses below and two additional subjects from the list shown for route T. Each of these subjects is studied for three hours per week.

  • Geography
  • History


List of subjects for Routes E & O

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Engineering Studies
  • Food & Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • ICT (i-Media)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies

List of subjects for Routes T

  • Art and Design
  • Business & Enterprise (V-Cert)
  • Drama
  • Engineering (V-Cert)
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Graphic products
  • Health & Fitness (V-Cert)
  • ICT (i-Media)

The Joint Sixth (Years 12 and 13)

Our 6th Form is organised jointly with Beverley High School and teaching in most subjects is shared equally between the staff of both schools. Find out much more by visiting the Sixth Form website by clicking the Beverly J6 link at the top of the page.

Both Beverley Grammar School and Beverley High School have extensive and successful experience of 6th Form work and students benefit from the shared resources and wide range of expertise which is available to them.

In addition to examination courses all Sixth Form students follow a programme of complementary studies which include tutorials, community service and a range of optional courses.