Key Stage 3

The timetable is organised into a 50 period week and all pupils in Year 8 follow a common curriculum made up of the following subjects with the current period allocation.

NUMBER OF PERIODS PER WEEK
SUBJECT Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
English 6 6 6
Drama 2 2 2
Mathematics 6 5 5
Biology

5 1

2 2
Chemistry 2 2
Physics 2 2
Technology & Design 2 2 2
Home Economics 2 2 2
ICT 2 1 1
History 3 3 3
Geography 3 3 3
Religious Education 2 2 2
Art 2 2 2
Music 2 2 2
French 3 4 4
German/Spanish 2 3 3 3
Physical Education 2 2 2
Games 2 2 2
Learning for Life and Work 3 3 3
TOTAL 50 50 50

1 = Science: a general, balanced course

2 = in Year 8, three classes study German and two classes study Spanish; this is then reversed in Year 9; in Year 10 pupils study each language for half the year.


NOTES:

  • In Key Stage 3, the classes are not streamed.
  • Pupils are taught in their form groups [of about 30] for English, Mathematics, French, Spanish, German, Geography, History and Religious Education. They separate into boys’ and girls’ groups for Physical Education and Games and into groups of about 20 for Science,  IT, Technology, Art and Design, Home Economics and Music.

 

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Key Stage 4 study for GCSE examinations. The programme of subjects followed by each pupil attempts to combine a broad and balanced curriculum which enables pupils to keep their options for further study open with as much choice as possible.

COMMON CORE SUBJECTS
TAKEN BY ALL PUPILS

PERIODS PER WEEK
Year 11

PERIODS PER WEEK
Year 12

GCSE
SUBJECT

English & English Literature 7 7 2 x GCSE
Mathematics & Further Mathematics 1 6 or 7 1 6 or 7 1 1 or 2 x GCSE
Modern Languages - one of:
French or German or Spanish
NB Pupils wishing to study 2 or 3 languages select the second/third from the option box below.
5 5 1 x GCSE
Science - one of:
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
NB Pupils wishing to study 2 or 3 sciences select the second/third from the option box below.
5 5 1 x GCSE
Environment & Society - one of:
Geography, History, Home Economics
NB Pupils wishing to study 2 or 3 Environment & Society subjects, select the second/third from the option box below.
5 5 1 x GCSE
Religious Studies (Short Course) 2 2 0.5 X GCSE
Physical Education 1 1 or 2 1 1 or 2 1 non-exam
Games 2 2 non-exam
Learning for Life & Work
(incorporating Citizenship, PSHE and Employability)
1 1 non-exam
Careers 0 1 non-exam
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS
All pupils choose 3 subjects from the following list: 15 15 3 x GCSE
Art
Biology
Chemistry
Drama
French
Geography
German
History
Home Economics
ICT
Learning for Life & Work2
Moving Image Arts
Music
Physical Education
Physics
Religious Studies (Full Course) 2
Spanish
Technology
TOTALS 50 50 8.5, 9.5 or 10.5 x GCSE

1 Those doing Mathematics have 6 periods per week plus 2 Physical Education periods in Year 11 and one in Year 12.
Those doing Further Mathematics have 7 periods per week plus one Physical Education period in Year 11 and none in Year 12.

2 Depending on pupil numbers.

 


NOTE:

Further Mathematics is made available as an extra GCSE subject for those pupils who are considered strong enough mathematically to take it and who wish to do so. The total number of places will be limited and a decision about this subject will be made on the basis of the end of Year 10 examination results. Those who study Further Mathematics take Mathematics in Year 11. 

Sixth Form

Pupils in Lower Sixth (Year 13) study for AS Level examinations. The majority will choose 4 from a possible 24 subjects. We have a very successful collaborative arrangement with our close neighbour Priory Integrated College.

Pupils from Sullivan have an opportunity to study Business Studies and Health and Social Care at the College and pupils from Priory come to Sullivan to study a variety of subjects. Pupils are encouraged not to confine their choice exclusively to the Humanities or the Sciences/Mathematics.

In addition to their AS Level programme, pupils study Careers, PE, Games, General Studies and Personal Development.

In Upper Sixth (Year 14) pupils continue with 3 of their AS subjects and study for A Level examinations. A small number of pupils take 4 or 5 subjects to A Level.


GCE AS & A2 LEVELS SUBJECTS

Art Further Maths Moving Image Arts
Biology Geography Music
Business Studies * German Physical Education
Chemistry Health & Social Care * Physics
Computing History Politics
Drama Home Economics Religious Studies
Economics ICT Spanish
English Literature Mathematics Technology & Design
French

* Taught at neighbouring Priory Integrated College.