About the Curriculum

Students follow a broad, balanced curriculum which is relevant to their needs and caters for all abilities. Our curriculum is personalised to meet the needs of all our students. The delivery is based on active learning where the students participate in a wide variety of activities and are never allowed to be passive observers.

In order to match work to students’ need, and to accelerate the progress of all students, we employ a mixed ability system. This is based on research conducted by the Senior Leadership Team of systems used by some of the highest performing State schools in England.

For information on how GCSE and A-Levels are changing from September 2015, 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

 

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

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Key Stage 3 – Year 7

Students take the following subjects
(The number of hours per week are shown in brackets)

  • English (5)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • Science (3)
  • Design Technology (2)
  • Modern Foreign Language (2)
  • Geography (1)
  • History (1)
  • Religious Education (1)
  • Art (1)
  • Computing (1)
  • Music (1)
  • Physical Education (2)
  • PSHCE (1)

Students will study one Modern Foreign Language throughout Key Stage 3, either French or German. Students who have the greatest literacy needs will not study a foreign language, but will receive 2 hours of additional Literacy lessons.

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

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Key Stage 3 – Year 8

Students take the following subjects:
(The number of hours per week are shown in brackets)

  • English (4)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • Science (3)
  • Design Technology (2)
  • Modern Foreign Language (2)
  • Geography (1)
  • History (2)
  • Religious Education (1)
  • Art (1)
  • Computing (1)
  • Music (1)
  • Physical Education (2)
  • PSHCE (1)

Students will study one Modern Foreign Language throughout Key Stage 3, either French or German. Students who have the greatest literacy needs will not study a foreign language, but will receive 2 hours of additional Literacy lessons.

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

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Key Stage 3 – Year 9

Students take the following subjects:
(The number of hours per week are shown in brackets)

  • English (4)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • Science (3)
  • Design Technology (2)
  • Modern Foreign Language (2)
  • Geography (2)
  • History (1)
  • Religious Education (1)
  • Art (1)
  • Computing (1)
  • Music (1)
  • Physical Education (2)
  • PSHCE (1)

Students will study one Modern Foreign Language throughout Key Stage 3, either French or German. Students who have the greatest literacy needs will not study a foreign language, but will receive 2 hours of additional Literacy lessons.

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

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Key Stage 4 – Year 10

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.

  • Computing
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History

Route V: Vocational learning

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

  • Computing
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History

Route F: Foundation learning

Students choose to follow a Foundation Learning programme which consists of Personal & Social Development, a vocational course run by East Riding College, the European Computer Driving Licence qualification and an Extended work experience placement.

 

List of subjects for Routes E & O

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Engineering (BTEC)
  • Food & Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic products
  • History
  • ICT (i-Media)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Resistant Materials
  • Religious Education
  • Spanish

List of subjects for Routes V

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

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Key Stage 4 – Year 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 (5)
  • Religious Education (1)

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

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

Pathway 1

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 in pathway 2. Each of these subjects is studied for three hours per week.

Pathway 2

Students choose to study one of the following subjects for 3 hours per week.

  • Computing
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History

In addition students choose to study courses in two additional subjects, from the list below, for 3 hours each per week.

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Electronic Engineering (BTEC)
  • Engineering (BTEC)
  • Food
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphics
  • History
  • ICT (i-Media)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Triple Science
  • Spanish

Pathway 3

Students choose to follow a Foundation Learning programme which consists of Personal & Social Development, a vocational course run by East Riding College, the European Computer Driving Licence qualification and an Extended work experience placement.

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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 section of this website.

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 there is collaboration between the Joint Sixth and Longcroft School to widen still further the choices offered post 16 in the Beverley area.

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.