Curriculum Statement of Intent:

  • Is ambitious and aspirational for all students, particularly disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND, and is designed so students have the knowledge and cultural capital they need to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.
  • Is centred around the personal development of our students 
  • Is evidenced-based and research led 
  • Is rigorous, so that pupils learn the critical knowledge that they need to engage in subject-specific questions, and to gain disciplinary knowledge of how the subject works, and, as a result, achieve well. 
  • Is designed to provide expert and up-to-date careers guidance, so that students are prepared for future learning and employment. 
  • Is planned and sequenced coherently, so that the end points of learning are clear and that students develop the knowledge and skills, building on what has been taught before, to be able to reach those end points 
  • Accounts for delays and gaps in learning that have arisen and continue to arise as a result of the pandemic. 
  • Remains as broad as possible for as long as possible, through a 3-year Key Stage 3 and full access to the curriculum for all students, with Ebacc at its heart 
  • Is successfully adapted, designed or developed to be ambitious and meet the needs of pupils with SEND, developing their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence. 
  • Is designed to ensure that reading and oracy is prioritised. 
  • Promotes British Values and social, moral, spiritual and cultural development throughout the curriculum and in particular through a coherent programme of PHSE, RSE and Religious Studies 
Year 7
  • English 5 periods a week
  • Mathematics 5 periods a week
  • Science 4 periods a week
  • MFL 3 periods a week (Students will study either French or Spanish)
  • History 2 periods a week
  • Geography 2 periods a week
  • PE 2 periods a week
  • Art 1 period a week
  • Computer Studies 1 period a week
  • Religious, Ethical and Social Studies 1 period a week
  • PHSE 1 period a week
  • Music 1 period a week
  • Rotation between Dance, Design Technology (including Graphics) and Food Technology 2 periods a week (equivalent of one term per subject area)
Year 8
  • English 5 periods a week
  • Mathematics 5 periods a week
  • Science 4 periods a week
  • MFL 3 periods a week (Students will study either French or Spanish)
  • History 2 periods a week
  • Geography 2 periods a week
  • PE 2 periods a week
  • Art 1 period a week
  • Computer Studies 1 period a week
  • Religious, Ethical and Social Studies 1 period a week
  • PHSE 1 period a week
  • Music 1 period a week
  • Rotation between Dance, Design Technology (including Graphics) and Food Technology 2 periods a week (equivalent of one term per subject area)
Year 9
  • English 5 periods a week
  • Mathematics 5 periods a week
  • Science 4 periods a week
  • MFL 3 periods a week (Students will study either French or Spanish)
  • History 2 periods a week
  • Geography 2 periods a week
  • PE 2 periods a week
  • Art 1 period a week
  • Computer Studies 1 period a week
  • Religious, Ethical and Social Studies 1 period a week
  • PHSE 1 period a week
  • Music 1 period a week

Rotation between Dance, Design Technology and Food Technology 2 periods a week (equivalent of one term per subject area)

Year 10
  • English 6 periods a week (including English Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics 5 periods a week
  • Science 6 periods a week
  • MFL 3 periods a week (Students will study either French or Spanish)
  • Humanities 3 periods a week (Students choose Geography or History)
  • Option 1 – 3 periods a week
  • Option 2 – 3 periods a week
  • Core PE – 1 period a week
  • PHSE and RESS 1 hour a week as part of form time
Year 11
  • English 6 periods a week (including English Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics 5 periods a week
  • Science 6 periods a week
  • MFL 3 periods a week (Students will study either French or Spanish)
  • Humanities 3 periods a week (Students choose Geography or History)
  • Option 1 – 3 periods a week
  • Option 2 – 3 periods a week
  • Core PE – 1 period a week
  • PHSE and RESS 1 hour a week as part of form time

Year 9 Options Booklet

KS4 Options:

Alongside all students studying English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Religious, Ethical and Social Studies, Physical Education and Computer Studies, students also select from French or Spanish, and History or Geography at GCSE level. Students then select two options from the courses listed below:

GCSE Triple Science
GCSE Design and Technology
GCSE Art
GCSE Art Photography
GCSE Physical Education
GCSE Business
GCSE Computer Science
GCSE Religious Education
BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise
CNAT Sport
CNAT Health and Social Care
CNAT iMedia
RSL Music Practitioners
RSL Music Technology
RSL Dance
RSL Drama
Cache Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Technical Award in Hospitality and Catering

Enrichment and Intervention Offer:

All students have the opportunity to engage in enrichment sessions, which run as part of Period 7 from 3.30pm until 4.15pm. Some sessions may run until 4.30pm where indicated on the parental consent form. These sessions are designed to support and stretch the knowledge rich curriculum, and to allow students the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of additional opportunities and experiences. Please see below the enrichment offer for KS3 and KS4:

Click here for our Enrichment and Intervention programme

Students have the opportunity to select from two options from the lists above, with suitable advice and guidance being provided to ensure that students follow an appropriate curriculum depending on their individual aspirations and needs.

KS4 Curriculum Offer at Aldersley High School

SubjectTitleBoard
ARTGCSE Fine ArtOCR
BIOLOGYGCSE BiologyAQA
BUSINESS STUDIESGCSE BusinessPearson
BUSINESS STUDIESBTEC EnterprisePearson
CATERINGLevel 1 / 2 in Hospitality and CateringEduqas
CHEMISTRYGCSE ChemistryAQA
CHILD DEVELOPMENTLevel 1/2 Technical Award in Child Development & Care in Early yearsCache
CHILD DEVELOPMENTLevel 1/2 Technical award in Child Development and care - to be discontinued after current Y11 certificate
COMPUTINGGCSE Computer ScienceOCR
DANCELevel 1 /2 in Performing Arts - Dance elementRSL & Pearson - final year for RSL
DRAMARSL in Creative and Performing Arts - DramaRSL - to be discontinued once the current Y11's have certificated
ENGLISHGCSE English LiteratureAQA
ENGLISHGCSE English LanguageAQA
FRENCHGCSE FrenchAQA
GEOGRAPHYGCSE GeographyOCR
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARECNAT level 1/2 Health and Social CareOCR
HISTORYGCSE HistoryOCR
ICTCNAT level 1/2 iMediaOCR
MATHSGCSE MathsPearson
MATHSGCSE StatisticsPearson
MUSICRSL in Creative and Performing Arts – MusicRSL
MUSICVCERT level 1/3 in Music TechNCFE
PEGCSE Physical EducationPearson
PECNAT level 1/2SportCNAT
PHOTOGRAPHYGCSE PhotographyOCR
PHYSICSGCSE PhysicsAQA
SCIENCE CORE TrilogyGCSE Combined Science: TrilogyAQA
SPANISHGCSE SpanishAQA
TECHNOLOGYGCSE Design and TechnologyAQA

KS5 Curriculum Offer at Aldersley High School

SubjectCourse TitleExam Board
Applied ScienceLevel 3 Extended Certificate in ScienceAQA
ArtLevel 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design – Fine ArtOCR
BiologyLevel 3 Advanced GCE in BiologyAQA
Business StudiesLevel 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in BusinessOCR
ChemistryLevel 3 Advanced GCE in ChemistryAQA
ChildcareBTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and DevelopmentPearson
Core MathsLevel 3 Certificate in Mathematical StudiesAQA
DanceLevel 3 Diploma in Creative and Performing ArtsRSL
DramaLevel 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and TheatreEdexcel
EngineeringLevel 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology – Design EngineeringOCR
English Language and LiteratureLevel 3 Advanced GCE in English Language and LiteratureAQA
Food Science and NutritionLevel 3 Applied Diploma in Food Science and NutritionWJEC
GeographyLevel 3 Advanced GCE in GeographyOCR
Health & SocialLevel 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social CareOCR
Health & SocialLevel 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social CareOCR
HistoryLevel 3 Advanced GCE in History AOCR
ITLevel 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in ITOCR
LawLevel 3 Advanced GCE in LawAQA
MathematicsLevel 3 Advanced GCE in MathematicsEdexcel
MusicLevel 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music PractitionersRSL
PhotographyLevel 3 Advanced GCE in Art & Design – PhotographyOCR
PhysicsLevel 3 Advanced GCE in PhysicsAQA
PsychologyLevel 3 Advanced GCE in PsychologyAQA
SociologyLevel 3 Advanced GCE in SociologyAQA
SpanishLevel 3 Advanced GCE in SpanishAQA
SportLevel 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical ActivityOCR
SportLevel 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical ActivityOCR
StatisticsLevel 3 Advanced GCE in StatisticsEdexcel
TextilesLevel 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design – Textile DesignOCR

For further information in regards to our curriculum offer, please see the subject specific overviews or email nreynolds@aatrust.co.uk