Secondary Curriculum

At Simon Balle we offer our students a broad and balanced curriculum which is engaging and challenging for all year groups.  Staff, department and whole school planning means that we meet the individual needs of all students.

Our ‘new Y7’ Induction programme, recognised as the most comprehensive in the area, means that the transition from primary to secondary school is smooth and students and parents quickly feel welcomed as members of the Simon Balle community.

Please take a look at this document which is given to new starters and documents the areas of study for KS3.

KS3 Transition Learning Guide 2017-18

 

In Y7 students study: Art, Art Textiles*, Drama, English, Food*, Geography, History, Maths, MFL (either French or Spanish), Music, PE, PRE, Science and Technology*

* Rotation  subjects – students study one per term.

In Y8 students study: Art, Art Textiles*, Computing, Drama, English, Food*, Geography, History, Maths, MFL (strong linguists take second language, other students continue to specialise in original language), Music, PE, PRE, Science and Technology*

* Rotation  subjects – students study one per term.

In Y9 students study: Art, Art Textiles*, Computing, Digital Art, Drama, English, Food*, Geography, History, Maths, MFL (students advised which language they are best suited to study, some continue as dual linguists) Music, PE, PRE, Science and Technology

* Rotation  subjects – students study one per term.

NB: In Y9 students start their GCSE studies in Maths, MFL, core Science and PRE.

 

GCSE preferences are chosen during Y9

 

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Please see the documents below which were shared with Y10 and Y11 students and parents at the start of the year.

Y10 Expectations Booklet 2017-18

Y11 Expectations booklet October 2017

 

 

*Students in all years follow non-examined elements of the curriculum during P5:

  • SMSC
  • Careers Education and Guidance
  • PSHE

 

Parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum Simon Balle follows by contacting the relevant Head of Department.  Head of Department contact information can be found on the staff list page.