Curriculum Overview 2018-12-07T15:17:50+00:00

Curriculum Overview


Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is deliberately broad and balanced to give all our students the opportunity to explore an exciting learning journey that will prepare them for KS4 and beyond.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all our students have the right opportunities to make excellent progress which is demonstrated through regular feedback and summative assessments.

Students are set based on prior attainment and ongoing assessments in Mathematics and Science and are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups for all other subjects. Students will find that teaching in all subjects is varied, interesting and delivered well so that they know how to make progress and what the teacher expects from them. Homework is set according to a homework timetable and all teachers offer individual support both in the lesson and outside it when required.

All the subjects listed above will appear on students’ timetables with the exception of PSHCE which is delivered through a series of drop-down days across the school year. This allows us to invite outside speakers, visitors, theatre groups and other agencies into school to give maximum benefit to our students’ education.

Subjects taught in Years 7, 8 and 9: Art, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Food Technology and Textiles, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Modern Languages, PSHCE, PE, Religious Education & Science

KEY STAGE 4 (GCSE) – YEARS 10 & 11

At KS4 all our students follow a core curriculum of GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science.

Our Science options mean that all students study either core Science, which is a double GCSE or the three individual sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The correct science pathway for each student is discussed during Y9 as students make their GCSE option choices.

Our main aim is to ensure that every student is on the best and most appropriate course for them so that they can progress to the next level of education or employment and training.

Subjects taught in Years 10 & 11: Art, Business Studies, Computing, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Food Technology, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, PE & Religious Education & Science

In addition, two BTEC qualifications are offered: BTEC First Certificate in Dance & BTEC First Certificate in Health and Social Care

Many students will take a combination that ensures they qualify for the English Baccalaureate which will include a Modern Language, History, Geography and / or Computing.

PRIORY 6 (Sixth Form) – YEARS 12 & 13

(The Priory School’s sixth form provision) is a fully inclusive sixth form which encourages all students to access Level 3 courses (A level and A level equivalent) and consists of students with a variety of academic backgrounds. We have students of the highest academic ability as well as having the flexibility to inspire others who may not be permitted to study to this level at other institutions. Currently we are a small body of students which allows everyone to be independently supported through our pastoral system. As we grow, this is an area of Priory6 we will ensure we maintain so that all students feel valued and are supported to achieve to the highest levels both academically and socially.

Below is the Priory6 prospectus for September 2019 entry. In it you will find all the information you need about our sixth form provision including details of the courses we offer, our support and enrichment programme, profiles of current students and how to make an application. Hard copies of our prospectus for 2019 entry can be collected from reception.

Below are links to our online application forms. There is a link for current Priory Year 11 students and another link for external students applying to join Priory6. To ensure you get the best chance of securing your first choice subjects please complete the application form by Friday 30th November. Applications will remain open after this date but subsequent applications will need to fit in to the option blocks that will have been created.

Application form for current Priory students
Application form for external students

If you have any questions regarding Priory6 please email:

At Priory6 we are committed to supporting all students to achieve the highest outcomes and aspirations. We have partnered with Blackstone Tutors to provide access to support for applications to study medicine. Please follow this link to see how Blackstone Tutors can support applications to study medicine.