Curriculum Statement

The curriculum at The Priory School aims to develop confident individuals and successful learners who are able to lead fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to society, the environment and the economy.

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum ensures a foundation for a coherent programme of provision that meets the needs of individual learners and provides a genuine gateway to personalising learning at post 14 and beyond.

  • There are two high attaining form groups in each year, one in each half of the year group.  The remaining four forms are mixed ability
  • All departments are following the new National Curriculum which came into use in September 2014
  • Setting arrangements – each year group is split into two half year bands of equal ability. All subjects are taught in mixed ability groups with the exception of Maths, ICT, MFL and Science (from Year 8) due to the hierarchical nature of the subject content.
  • High attaining students are able to study dual languages during their MFL lessons.  Our raising aspirations programme offers high attaining students the opportunity to visit Cambridge University.

Key Stage 4

The Post-14 curriculum at The Priory School provides continuity and progression from the breadth of subjects studied at Key Stage 3. It prepares all students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, including Raising Aspirations of future careers. The curriculum ensures a more individualised learning culture where there is equality of opportunity for all to succeed.

Students are offered a ‘free options’ choice where their initial choices are not arranged in blocks.  This is to allow the maximum number of students to gain their top choices and allow greater flexibility to the options process. All subjects are available to students but subjects cannot run where numbers who have opted for the course are too low. All students study Double Science in Year 10 or Core and Additional Science in they are in Year 11.  The curriculum ensures a more individualised learning culture where there is far greater equality of opportunity for all to succeed and includes four Learning Routes to access post 14 education:

  • Learning Route 1 – This route includes the core subjects of English Language & Literature, Mathematics, including an entry level certificate for appropriate students, Science, at least one Humanity (Geography/History). In addition, students choose 3 options.  In Year 10, students taking this learning route study the Level 1 Cambridge National in I-media.  In Year 11 students take part in a half day college course at North Herts College
  • Learning Route 2: (no language) – This route offers a minimum of 9 GCSEs (including English Language & Literature, Mathematics, Science, at least one Humanity (Geography/History).  All students will study Double or Triple Science.  Students will have 3 additional options. Philosophy and Ethics is offered as a twilight option.
  • Learning Route 3:  The English Baccalaureate – This route offers a minimum of 9 GCSEs (including English Language & Literature, Mathematics, Science, at least one Humanity (Geography/History). Students taking learning route 3 need to choose one language (French or Spanish) and two other options, which will allow them to achieve the English Baccalaureate. Statistics in Maths may also available for the most able students. Philosophy and Ethics is offered as a twilight option

Key Stage 5

The curriculum at post 16 enables progression of learning from key stage 4. The aim is to encourage more young people to remain in a structured learning environment, which includes traditional and vocational opportunities. All students participate in a Raising Aspirations programme and receive specific guidance through the Connexions service and additional external support via the Hertfordshire Aim Higher programme and University Open Days.

  • Learning Route 1 – Students undertake a BTEC National in Business at Level 3, equivalent to two A levels and choose one or two A level subjects or BTECs to complement their studies. Work Experience is undertaken in Year 12 as part of the two year course.
  • Learning Route 2 – LR2 is a traditional three or four AS and A2 course, studied over a two year period.  Students are offered the opportunity of studying the EPQ L3.  All students will be examined at the end of Year 12 in their AS subjects.

From September 2016 all students will commence a 2 year A – level course, which will be assessed at the end of Year 13. We will no longer have AS exams. Most students will study 3 A level or BTEC subjects.