The curriculum at Weston Secondary School has been designed to open doors to our students’ future learning and employment.  We believe that character and academic performance go hand in hand if a young person is to have a successful education that provides many opportunities for their future.

Our core values of working hard, being kind and taking responsibility for our own actions are at the heart of everything we do.  We set high expectations of ourselves and our students to ensure that every student has the opportunity to achieve the very best outcomes and develop a passion for lifelong learning.

The curriculum at Weston Secondary School has been shaped to meet the needs and aspirations of every student. We offer an ambitious and knowledge based curriculum that is carefully mapped to build and secure deep knowledge and skills across KS3 and KS4 so that students leave us well prepared and equipped to take their next steps in their education or training beyond  Weston Secondary School and to develop their role as a British citizen.

Curriculum Map

Students at Weston Secondary School will:

Experience a broad and balanced, ambitious and knowledge rich curriculum which meets the needs of all learners

Our curriculum is designed to enable all students to achieve high standards and make excellent progress across all five years of their learning journey with us.  We have constructed our curriculum in Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9) intentionally to build solid knowledge based foundations across a range of subjects which prepares them well for further study and application in Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11.)

A bespoke and rigorous Preferences (Options) process in Year 9, coupled with our personalised career programme ensures that all students are fully supported and guided into making well informed choices when selecting subjects for their Key Stage 4 curriculum in Years 10 and 11.  Working with students, parents and teachers, we construct and deliver an engaging and appropriate curriculum which enables students to take their next steps in education or training when they leave us at the end of Year 11.

Develop deep knowledge that can be retained, recalled and applied

We have designed our curriculum at KS3 to be the ‘engine for take off’ in KS4 and use it intentionally to prepare students for their GCSE courses.  We give opportunities for students to apply their acquisition of knowledge in different contexts so that it is embedded through a range of implementation strategies.

Have high expectations of themselves, be ambitious for their futures and build their own character

We deliver a curriculum that allows students to develop their character as well achieving academic success through our PSHE and Citizenship programmes.  All students in Years 7-10 engage in one PSHE and one Citizenship lesson a week as well as participating in drop-down experience days which cover a range of topical and relevant issues.

To support our students in raising aspirations and realising their ambitions, our comprehensive 5 year careers programme focuses on bespoke personal guidance addressing the needs of each of our students.  It ensures students encounter employers and employees, that students experience workplaces and further and higher education so that they can make aspirational and informed choices for their future.

Develop the skills to become confident literate young people who can articulate with accuracy and precision how they feel and think about academic and social issues

As part of our morning tutor time curriculum, students have access to a range of activities

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All Students in Years 7-9 have access to a progressive 3 year Ebacc focussed curriculum complemented by a wide range of foundation subjects, carefully selected to give students opportunities to engage in the creative and performing arts, humanities and computing.  We believe in the power of performance for developing young people’s character and so ALL students at KS3 study drama, music and dance.  The arts contribute hugely to building students self esteem and allowing young people to express themselves. ALL students have the opportunity to perform on stage to parents, staff and peers.

Whilst we endeavour to personalise students’ learning journeys to match their needs, we do not believe in narrowing their entitlement earlier than we have to. The curriculum is adapted to ensure equality for students including those with special educational needs or disabilities. In Year 9, students select from a range of academic and vocational courses which develop their interests and career ambitions as they move into Key Stage 4.

Core subjects:  English, Maths, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education and Character and Culture

Foundation subjects: Art, Computing, French/Spanish, Design Technology, Food Technology, Drama, Dance, History, Geography, Music.

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum offer enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the subjects they are studying and gives opportunities for enrichment beyond the examination specification.  We tailor the range of courses (outside of our core provision) to meet the needs and interests of each cohort ensuring that we always offer a variety of academic and vocational subjects which lead to post-16 pathways. All students have the opportunity to follow an EBacc based curriculum as well as choosing subjects they enjoy. Students continue to receive individual advice and guidance so that they are well placed to apply for and succeed in their post 16 choices. Careers advice and guidance, RE and SMSC is delivered through weekly PSHE and Citizenship lessons, assemblies and drop down days which cover expert support on Careers, Mental Health and topical issues.

Subjects currently offered at Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) 2023-24


Core Optional Subjects
GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Science (Trilogy)

Physical Education

Character and Culture

GCSE Art and Design

GCSE Computer Science

City and Guilds Construction (Level 2)

GCSE Drama

RSL Dance

BTEC Engineering

GCSE Food and Nutrition

GCSE French/Spanish

GCSE Geography

BTEC Health and Social Care

GCSE History

RSL Music

GCSE Religious Education

BTEC Sport


Curriculum Model 2023-2024


Key Stage 3 2023-2024

Year 7 – 8

Subject Number of hours per fortnight
English 5
Mathematics 4
Science 3
Physical Education 3
Religious Education 1
Character and Culture (including RSE) 1
Drama 1
Dance 1
History  2
Geography 2
MFL (French or Spanish) 3
Music 1
Art/Design Technology/Food Technology 

(on rotation – 1 subject per term)



Key Stage 3 2023-2024

Year 9

Subject Number of hours per fortnight
English 5
Mathematics 4
Science 4
Physical Education 3
Religious Education 1
Character and Culture (including RSE) 1
Drama 1
Dance 1
History  2
Geography 2
MFL (French or Spanish) 2
Music 1
Art/Design Technology/Food Technology 

(on rotation – 1 subject per term)



Key Stage 4 2023-2024

Year 10 – 11

Subject Number of hours per fortnight
English Language and Literature 5
Mathematics 5
Science  5
Character and Culture (including RSE, RE) 1
Physical Education 2
Option A 3
Option B 3
Option C 3
Option D 3


Examination Board information for 2023-2024


Subject Level Exam Board Specification 


Art and Design GCSE (9-1) AQA 8202
Computer Science GCSE (9-1) OCR J277
Construction Level 1/2 Technical Award City and Guilds 6720-21
Dance Level 2 Certificate RSL
Drama GCSE (9-1) Pearson 1DRO
English Language GCSE (9-1) AQA 8700
English Literature GCSE (9-1) AQA 8702
Engineering BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award Pearson YYM50
Food and Nutrition GCSE (9-1) EDUQAS C560P1
French GCSE (9-1) AQA 8658
Geography GCSE (9-1) EDUQAS C112QS
Health and Social Care BTEC L1/2 Technical Award Pearson DLYT6
History GCSE (9-1) EDUQAS C100QS
Mathematics GCSE (9-1) Pearson 1MA1
Music Level 2 Certificate RSL
Photography GCSE (9-1) AQA 8206C
Religious Education GCSE (9-1) EDUQAS C120P3
Combined Science Trilogy GCSE (9-1) AQA 8464
Sport BTEC L1/2 NQF First Award Pearson BPRK7


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