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Secondary school curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that every child is successful in their studies and learns knowledge and skills from a broad and balanced range of subjects.

Throughout their time at St Mary Magdalene Academy, ambitious targets are set for each child. Performance and progress are recorded, monitored and reviewed regularly. Parents and carers receive regular reports at least termly and more frequently in Year 11.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8), all learners follow a core curriculum of English, maths, science, geography, history, religious studies, PE, drama, music, art, citizenship education, design technology, Chinese culture and a modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish).

All pupils sit the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB) 13+ exam at the end of Year 8. The ISEB examinations are used to assess pupils for entry in Year 9 and to evaluate how well the knowledge and skills from the new National Curriculum have been mastered.

See the curriculum presentation from the Year 7 parents’ curriculum information evening in September 2016.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11), pupils are placed into two academic streams. All pupils prepare for eight core GCSEs: maths, English language, English literature, double science, either history or geography and two option subjects from a wide range of choices.

Pathway 10 pupils also study GCSE religious studies and a modern foreign language.

‘Drop down’ lessons and half days at Key Stage 4 enable pupils to explore globalization, careers and preparation for work and to cover age specific elements of sex and relationship education.