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Kingsbury
High School

The Kingsbury Curriculum

At Kingsbury High School we recognise that our curriculum plays a vital part in preparing our young people for future success.  We therefore offer all our students a curriculum which is broad and balanced and has support, stretch and challenge at its core.  Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all learners with robust academic study complemented with a wide array of extra-curricular experiences.

We operate a two-week timetable with 50 lessons a fortnight.

Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage consists of Years 7 and 8.  Students are based in the Lower School Site at Bacon Lane.  During this stage students become accustomed to a secondary school environment.  There is a particular focus on the building of positive relationships – between staff and students and also positive peer relationships.  To enable this, some subjects operate in a rotation to provide more in-depth learning experiences and reduce the number of teachers students are taught by in a given week.  We seek to ensure that students have in place solid foundations for further study but also receive an engaging range of learning experiences.  During these two years students learn in predominantly mixed ability classes in their form groups.

YEAR 7

Subject Lessons per fortnight
English (including 2 lessons of Latin or Literacy) 8
Mathematics 6
Science 6
Humanities 8
Languages 4
Physical Education & Active Wellbeing 6
Expressive Arts / Music / Design & Technology (rotation) 8
Computing / Art (rotation) 4

YEAR 8

Subject Lessons per fortnight
English (including 2 lessons of Latin or Literacy) 8
Mathematics 7
Science 6
Geography 3
History 3
Religious Education 2
Languages 4
Physical Education & Active Wellbeing 5
Expressive Arts / Music / Design & Technology (rotation) 6
Computing / Art (rotation) 6

Examination Stage

Students begin the Examination Stage in Year 9 and start studying towards the qualifications they will achieve at the end of Year 11.  Most students will follow an English Baccalaureate (EBacc) curriculum.  The EBacc consists of English Language; English Literature; Mathematics; Two Sciences; A Language and a Humanity (Geography or History).  Students will also study an additional optional subject.  Engaging in this curriculum allows students to become global citizens and allows them access to leading universities at the end of their studies in Year 13.  Alternative pathways are provided for students who may struggle to access the full EBacc curriculum.  In Year 10, students move across to the Upper School at Princes Avenue.  They consolidate their early Examination Stage learning and gain their first qualification in Year 10 – Religious Studies GCSE.  The remaining qualifications – GCSEs and vocational – are completed in Year 11.

YEAR 9 

Subject Lessons per fortnight
English  8
Mathematics 8
Science 8
Religious Education 4
Physical Education 4
Languages (or Alternative Provision: Graphic Communication) 6
History or Geography (or Alternative Provision: Media Studies) 6
Open Option 6

YEAR 10

Subject Lessons per fortnight
English  8
Mathematics 8
Science 12
Religious Education 4
Physical Education 4
Languages (or Alternative Provision: Graphic Communication) 5
History or Geography (or Alternative Provision: Media Studies) 5
Open Option 4

YEAR 11

Subject Lessons per fortnight
English  8
Mathematics 8
Science 12
Physical Education 4
Languages (or Alternative Provision: Graphic Communication) 6
History or Geography (or Alternative Provision: Media Studies) 6
Open Option 6

Advanced Stage

The final part of the Kingsbury Curriculum is the Advanced Stage in the Sixth Form.  Kingsbury High School offers a wide range of AS and A Level subjects.  All A Levels are now linear, two-year courses.  The Option Columns structure enables students to construct an individual programme according to their interests.  We offer AS Levels in almost all A Levels to help motivate students to work hard in Year 12.  We also offer four BTEC Nationals – two-year Advanced courses equivalent to one, two or three A-Levels.  The Access to A-Levels pathway is for students who attain slightly lower (around 4s and 5s) than required grades at GCSE for A-Level study, but who still want to achieve these qualifications.  It involves a one-year access course and then two additional years of study.

YEAR 12

Subject Lessons per fortnight
A-Level Route  8
Access to A-Level Route 10
BTEC Route 10

YEAR 13

Subject Lessons per fortnight
A-Level Route  10
BTEC Route 10