Curriculum Year Group

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

The focus in Key stage 3 is to ensure a nurturing learning environment with a specific focus on developing strong basic skills alongside a broad and balanced curriculum. This provide a foundation for good progress in the future years. Each department offers a relevant, balanced and differentiated curriculum, written by our teachers for our students, that has regard to the National Curriculum.

In Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed-ability groups in the following areas; Music, Art, Dance, Drama, PE, D&T, Computer Science, Geography, History, MFL and Religious Studies.  Academic setting is introduced in Mathematics and English, during Year 7 and Science from Year 8.

During year 7 and 8 students follow a carousel of technology subjects (Food Technology, RM and Textiles). Additionally, students select a language of choice in MFL (Spanish, French and German) on entry to year 7 which they continue to specilise in during Year 8.

Any student who arrives in Year 7 below the expected level of literacy and/or numeracy will receive help and support through are intervention programme delivered through the English and Maths subject teams and also learning support.

We take enormous pride in in providing a high standard of pastoral care and guidance, so that students secure a solid base with which to build their future, this happens both in and outside of the classroom.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

In Key Stage 4 there is a shift towards preparing students for their BTEC and GCSE examinations and Post-16 opportunities. There is a wide choice of  possible option subjects (as outlined in our options booklet) alongside the core of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Life Skills.

In Key Stage 4, students are generally taught in mixed-ability groups in their option areas; Art, Business, Media Studies, Health and Social Care, Computer Science, Drama, IT, D&T, Modern Languages, Music, Dance, History, Geography & Sociology.  Academic setting is used in; Mathematics, English and Science.

Key Stage 5 – Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

The Post-16 curriculum has reflected the considerable expansion of interest in Sixth Form studies and Post-16. There is also the opportunity to exploit the Stevenage Sixth’s (4 school consortium) shared options programme. Courses offered are reviewed each year in light of student interest following discussions with the Year 11 cohort of students.

For more information regarding the Sixth Form, please click on the ‘Sixth Form’ tab at the top of this page.

For further details about the curriculum offer at Marriotts, please contact:

Mrs J Leach, Assistant Headteacher: