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Sarah Holmes-Carne | Interim Principal

Curriculum Model

Key Stage 3
  • Students are divided into three pathways: Enhanced, Standard and Tailored. CAT tests taken in Y7 yield information which, along with transition information, is used as an initial guide to place students in these pathways. The curriculum models below outline which curriculum students on each pathway follow. The pathway a student is placed on is reviewed at the end of the year and as and when new information emerges that would suggest a review is needed, such as after a termly data collection. Students are set by ability in all subjects with Maths and English determining the setting for the other subjects in their linear block.
  • Group sizes are between 15-30 students.
  • Students in the Tailored Pathway have additional Literacy and numeracy lessons each week, to enable them to close gaps with their peers.
  • All lessons are 60 mins in length and there are 25 lessons a week – you can see a breakdown below.
  • SMSC and British Values are delivered within PSHE and across the curriculum, but are woven throughout other national curriculum subjects, as well as in our Tutorial Programme.
  • PSHE provision is delivered as a discrete subject.


You can see the subjects available at Key Stage 3 here. 

Key Stage 4

In Y11 we are currently seeing through the old 3-year KS4 model but Y10 experiences the start of a new model for a 2-year KS4.

  • In Y11 KS4 core subjects are set by ability, humanities and options are set by mixed ability
  • In Y11 KS4 students are divided into two half-year blocks.
  • In Y10 Students are divided into 4 pathways: Enhanced, Standard, Supported and Tailored based on a review of the pathway each student was on in Y9
  • In Y10 core subjects are set by ability, humanities and options are set by mixed ability
  • All lessons are 60 mins in length and there are 25 lessons a week, we operate a 1 week cycle – you can see a breakdown below
  • Group sizes are between 10-30
  • SMSC and British Values are delivered within PSHE and across the curriculum
  • PSHE provision is delivered as a discrete subject in Y10 and in Y11


You can see the subjects available at Key Stage 4 here. 

Key Stage 5
  • At KS5, Level 3 Academic or Vocational programmes are given 4X60min lessons per week; Level 2 Vocational programmes are designed to be completed in a year; they are given 8×60 min lessons; Maths and English re-sit students are given at least 4×60 min lessons
  • Groups are small (typically less than 10) for the majority of subjects, excluding re-sit classes which have up to 25 students
  • Year 12 complete a planned tutorial pre-school programme, alongside an Enrichment programme (1x60min lessons) which includes a rotation of chaplaincy, RE, healthy living, media awareness, budgeting, British Values and life and study skills. This culminates in a week of work experience at the end of year 12
  • Year 13 participate in a one-to-one tutorial programme, designed to secure progression into university or the world of work
  • Higher ability students complete Bright Futures, Slipstream, Hull University Alumni Mentoring, HE Plus and the EPQ independently
  • A comprehensive PSHE programme of guest speakers is delivered through weekly assemblies


You can see the subjects available at Key Stage 5 here. 

  • Students at both Key Stages have the opportunity to follow a Rugby or Football scholarship, they form a scholarship pathway on the model in KS3 but in KS4 they are integrated into the main pathways. At both Key Stages Core PE is replaced with Scholarship training sessions to allow the curriculum to be geared towards their needs and future aspirations to play their sport professionally.
  • At Key Stage 4 one of their options is BTEC Sport
  • At Key Stage 5, students can participate in a Drama or Rugby Academy scholarship programme

You can find out more about our Sports Scholarships here and our Spotlight Scholarships here.


The Arc allows our students to learn in an environment that better suits their needs. At KS3 students follow the same curriculum as the tailored pathway to allow them to integrate back into the main academy. Students do not study a language at the ARC as more time is dedicated to their personal development.

At KS4 students follow a core curriculum of Maths, English, Science, RE and PSHE and a range of subjects that they can access, are engaging and relevant to their futures. These are Graphic Design, Photography, Health and Fitness and ICT. Students also study and gain qualifications that are Entry Level or Level 1 to build their confidence on their journey to sitting a GCSE exam. These also provide students with valued qualifications in the workplace to compliment any GCSE grades they achieve.

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