At Kettlethorpe High School, pupils will:

  • experience a broad, deep and knowledge rich curriculum;
  • be literate and numerate;
  • have high expectations for their behaviour and achievement;
  • build their character;
  • develop their cultural, social, moral, mental and physical development;
  • secure foundations for progression.

Check our full curriculum intent and policy.

Click below to read the letters sent by Mr Lickiss advising what pupils will be studying in the Summer Term 2024:

Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Year 10

Year 7 and 8

Pupils in Year 7 & Year 8 follow the curriculum below. There is an increased emphasis on these two year groups to ensure that pupils are fully prepared for their GCSE qualifications. In Year 7 & 8 most pupils will follow a balanced and broad curriculum which includes the subjects below.

Subject Lessons per week Grouping
English 5 Mixed ability groups
Maths 4 Ability groups
Science 3 Ability groups
Physical Education 2 Mixed ability groups
Modern Languages 2 Mixed ability groups
DT / Computing / Food 3 Mixed ability groups
Art & Design 1 Mixed ability groups
Drama / Dance 1 Mixed ability groups
Geography 1 Mixed ability groups
History 1 Mixed ability groups
Music 1 Mixed ability groups
Religious Studies 1 Mixed ability groups

Alternative Curriculum and Nurture

At Kettlethorpe High School, we are proud of our broad and balanced curriculum offer. We recognise, however, that upon joining secondary school in Year 7, some pupils may require additional support in accessing learning in the different subject areas. To this end, certain pupils will receive a ‘Nurture Curriculum’ offer which will provide them with small-group, specialised teaching across the different subjects which aims to better support individuals with access to the curriculum. This may be time limited, or, in specific cases, longer-term provision. Some pupils may receive an ‘alternative curriculum’ offering which follows the main curriculum, but in smaller groups and with highly adapted approaches to better suit the specific needs of the pupils in each group; pupils will continue to be taught by subject experts for each of the curriculum subjects.
Pupils who receive this curriculum offer will be carefully selected upon transition from primary school to make sure they receive the best possible start at Key Stage 3 so that, by the time they reach Key Stage 4 (GCSEs, BTECs and other Level 1/ 2 vocational qualifications), they have as many opportunities as possible to succeed.
In Year 8, all pupils will continue to receive a broad and balanced curriculum offer. Where the ‘Nurture Curriculum’ has been successful in supporting pupils with access to the curriculum, pupils may rejoin the mainstream or alternative curriculum groupings. However, in recognition that further pupils may continue to need specialised, small-group support, they will continue to have access to both ‘nurture curriculum’ and ‘alternative curriculum’ provision, based on need.

Year 9, 10 and 11

In Years 9, 10 & 11 pupils will follow the curriculum below. The majority of pupils will study English, Maths, Science, History or Geography, French or Spanish and Physical Education.

Subject Lessons per week Qualification
English 5 English Language and English Literature GCSEs
Maths 4 Maths GCSE
Science 6 (4 in Y9) Combined Science or Triple Science GCSE
PE 1 (2 in Y9)
Modern Language 2.5 (3 in Y9) French or Spanish GCSE
Geography or History 2.5 (3 in Y9) Geography or History GCSE
Option 1 2 open choice subject
Option 2 2 open choice subject

Pupils will then have the choice of a further two subjects. These subjects are wide ranging and change slightly each year depending on the resource available. However, in most cases these will include:

  • Art & Design (Fine Art) GCSE
  • Art & Design (Graphic Communication) GCSE
  • Art & Design (Textile Design) GCSE
  • Citizenship GCSE
  • Computer Science GCSE
  • Dance GCSE
  • Drama GCSE
  • Design & Technology GCSE
  • Hospitality & Catering Vocational Award
  • ICT  Creative iMedia Cambridge National
  • Media Studies GCSE
  • Music GCSE
  • Outdoor Pursuits OCR National
  • Religious Studies GCSE
  • Sports Studies Cambridge National

A small number of pupils will be selected to follow a slightly alternative curriculum which meets their individual needs.

Exam boards we use: