Curriculum Statement of Intent:

At Aldersley High School, we offer a broad and balanced five-year curriculum, allowing students to develop a passion for learning across a wide variety subjects. Our curriculum raises the aspirations of our students; encouraging them to become well-rounded, employable individuals and future leaders.

The heart of our curriculum is knowledge based: teachers ensure that the knowledge they are imparting during lessons is challenging and purposeful at all times and allows students the opportunity to make cross-curricular links where appropriate and be fully prepared for the next stages in their education, employment and training. We use knowledge books and knowledge organisers to support students in their acquisition of knowledge and revision and recall across all subjects.

Through a knowledge-rich approach, we provide our students with the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the subjects studied. This greater depth of learning is seen across all five year groups and beyond within our Amethyst Sixth Form.

Most students study the full range of English Baccalaureate qualifications up to the end of Year 11, alongside further qualifications from a range of creative and vocational based subjects.

Our curriculum promotes British Values and social, moral, spiritual and cultural development, alongside ensuring that all subjects support our students in becoming literate and numerate, and creative problem solvers.

Furthermore, our extra-curricular offer encourages students to take part in a range of activities including a plethora of sporting teams; regular showcases of Creative and Performing Arts subjects and the opportunity to gain a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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

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 BusinessEDEXCEL
BUSINESS STUDIESBTEC Enterprise PEARSON
CATERINGLevel 1 / 2 in Hospitality and CateringEduqas
CHEMISTRYGCSE ChemistryAQA
COMPUTINGGCSE Computer ScienceOCR
DANCERSL in Creative and Performing Arts – DanceRSL
DRAMARSL in Creative and Performing Arts - DramaRSL
ENGLISHGCSE English LiteratureAQA
ENGLISHGCSE English LanguageAQA
FRENCHGCSE FrenchAQA
GEOGRAPHYGCSE GeographyOCR
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARECNAT Health and Social CareCNAT
HISTORYGCSE HistoryOCR
ICTLevel 1/2 iMedia CNAT
MATHSGCSE MathsEDEXCEL
MUSICRSL in Creative and Performing Arts – MusicRSL
PEGCSE Physical EducationEDEXCEL
PECNAT SportCNAT
PHOTOGRAPHYGCSE PhotographyOCR
PHYSICSGCSE PhysicsAQA
REGCSE Religious Studies A SpecificationAQA
SCIENCE CORE TrilogyGCSE Combined Science: TrilogyAQA
SPANISHGCSE SpanishAQA
TECHNOLOGYGCSE Design and TechnologyAQA

KS5 Curriculum Offer at Aldersley High School

SubjectTitleBoard
APPLIED BUSINESSLevel 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business AQA
APPLIED SCIENCELevel 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science  AQA
ARTLevel 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Art and Design - Fine ArtOCR
ARTLevel 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design - Fine ArtOCR
BIOLOGYA-Level Biology AQA
BIOLOGYA-Level Biology AQA
CHEMISTRYA-Level Chemistry AQA
CHEMISTRYAS Chemistry AQA
COMPUTINGAS ComputingCAM TECH
COMPUTINGA2 ComputingCAM TECH
DANCELevel 3 Edexcel BTEC Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts Edexcel
DRAMALevel 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and TheatreEDEXCEL
ENGLISHAQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in English Language and LiteratureAQA
ENGLISHAQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Language and LiteratureAQA
GEOGRAPHYOCR Level 3 Advance GCE in GeographyOCR
HISTORYAS HistoryOCR
HISTORYA2 HistoryOCR
MATHSAS MathsEdexcel
MATHS/FURTHERA2 MathsAQA
PHOTOGRAPHYOCR Level 3 Advance GCE in Art and Design: PhotographyOCR
PHYSICSAS Physics AQA
PHYSICSAQA AS Level Physics AQA
SOCIOLOGYAS SociologyAQA
SOCIOLOGYA-Level SociologyAQA
SPANISHA-level SpanishAQA
TEXTILESAQA Advanced GCE in Art and Design (Textiles Design)AQA

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