Curriculum at the Kidsgrove Secondary School

Curriculum at the Kidsgrove Secondary School

It is our belief that the school curriculum is essential in determining, moulding, and empowering the young people to find their place in modern society.

The curriculum has at its heart the notion that to develop young people in a rounded way there is a need to develop them socially, intellectually, physically, spiritually, culturally, and digitally.

To meet this end, we have a comprehensive programme of subjects in what we call the taught curriculum and a rich diet of personal, cultural, and spiritual experiences in the personal development curriculum.

We believe that having a rich variety of opportunity in this way, we create the possibility of individualised and personalised pathways into further education or the world of work, for our young people. This belief is underpinned by the use of digital technologies to enhance the digital skills for life of our students and to maximise the impact of the curriculum.

Curriculum Principles:

  • The curriculum is flexible and ambitious for all students from different starting points.
  • A curriculum that encourages breadth for study at KS3.
  • A curriculum that addresses the needs of students from a fully comprehensive range of backgrounds.
  • The curriculum in all subjects is planned and sequenced so that new skills and knowledge build on prior learning.
  • A curriculum that strongly encourages student to follow the EBacc where this is appropriate in line with the philosophy of the Trust.
  • A curriculum that offers stretch and challenge to all.
  • A curriculum that recognises the importance of Mathematics and English which is reflected in the additional curriculum time allocated to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • A curriculum that offers intervention and additional challenge, where required, to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • An extended curriculum programme that offers a wide variety.
  • A curriculum where All students will have the opportunity to experience residential trips.
  • A curriculum that seeks to embed CIAG opportunities into all subjects to create high aspirations.
  • A curriculum with an extensive Personal Development programme encompassing SRE, Citizenship, CIAG, financial capability and personal development that seeks to equip all students with essential life skills.
  • A curriculum that seeks to address social disadvantage and increase cultural capacity in the classroom and wider school experiences.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 through 9)

The curriculum includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Language (Spanish)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Arts
  • Computing
  • Digital Skills
  • Physical Education
  • Technology, including Food, Preparation & Nutrition
  • Personal Development - Covering PSHEe, CIAG, Citizenship, SRE, Health and Wellbeing and Study Skills

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal from languages to enable them to rapidly catch up. 


An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music and Art. The Duke of Edinburgh scheme from Bronze, Silver and Gold is available to pupils from Year 9.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

During the the spring term of Year 9 students will choose their option subjects that they will specialise in to GCSE level, examinable at the end of Year 11. They will choose 3 Option subjects that they will study across the two week timetable.

All students must study the following:

  • English – Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science - Combined Trilogy Science or separate Triple Sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • History or Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Development - Covering PSHEe, CIAG, Citizenship, SRE, Health and Wellbeing and Study Skills and financial capability.

Optional Subjects (at least two of the following):

  • Spanish (Approximately 30% of students will follow a language course)
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • I-Media
  • Technology
  • Business Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Food Nutrition & Preparation

We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs and interests of our students, and to enable them all to be highly employable.