Curriculum

At Simon Balle All-Through School we strive to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. Although the majority of subjects remain constant we do adapt according to the ability profile of the cohort.

Key Stage 3

Students study the following subjects. English, Maths, Science, Art, Citizenship, Drama, MFL, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Technology.

Technology comprises of Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles.

Modern Foreign Languages - Year 8 students have the opportunity to study a second language which may be German or Spanish. Some students will continue to study just French.

Maths – students are set from Key Stage 2 data at the start of Year 7.

Other subjects utilise some setting once students reach Year 9.

Key Stage 4

Students study a core curriculum made up of English, Maths, Science (some students will be studying the three separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Core RE, PE, ICT.

They will also make four further options from the subjects they have studied at Key Stage 3 or the following additional subjects. Business Studies, Sports Studies, Expressive Arts, BTEC Sport.

As before, we will always adapt and personalise the curriculum according the individual or groups within the cohort.

Key Stage 5

We provide a wide range of subjects for study through to A level. These include all the traditional subjects studied at Key Stage 4 plus the following: Applied Science, Economics, Sociology, Further Maths, Government & Politics, Psychology, English Literature and Language and Photography.

In addition a small number of students access further subjects via our consortium arrangements with local schools.

Out-of-lesson Learning

At Simon Balle we take great pride in our Library which was completely refurbished in 2010.