Curriculum Overview

The aims of our curriculum are to:

  • provide equal opportunities for all students regardless of gender, aptitude or cultural, ethnic or religious background
  • offer a broad and balanced entitlement to all students
  • prepare students for further study, the world of work and to become active citizens
  • develop positive personal, moral, spiritual, cultural, social, mental and physical values
  • provide a variety of activities which bring about effective learning
  • provide appropriate challenges for all students and lead to achievement for all students
  • provide continuity and progression from the point of transfer to the time of leaving school.

Years 7, 8 & 9 Core Aspects of learning

  • The Year 7 Academic Outline can be found here.
  • The Year 8 Academic Outline can be found here.
  • The Year 9 Academic Outline can be found here.

Pupils study the following subjects to acquire a wide variety of skills:

Aesthetic, Creative, Expressive

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • English
  • Music
  • RE
  • PE
  • MFL (French, German or Italian)

Mathematical, Spatial

  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Maths
  • Science

Social, Environmental

  • PSE
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • RE
  • Science

Linguistic, Literacy

  • English
  • MFL (French, German or Italian)
  • History
  • RE

Physical, Recreational

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • PE

Scientific, Technological

  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Science

Years 10 & 11

Students study a broad core of subjects. In addition they are able to express a limited preference for further subjects to support their individual interests and aspirations.

GCSE Subjects

Core subjects

  • English (GCSE)
  • Maths (GCSE)
  • PE
  • Science (GCSE)

Students then, usually, select 4 options from the following:

GCSE
Art Business Studies Catering Computer Science Drama
French Geography German Graphics History
ICT Italian Music PE Product Design
Photography Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Textiles

These option choices are reviewed annually.

Years 12 & 13

Most students choose to study 3 or 4 A Level courses.

A Level courses are in a process of change. Some A Level courses are now linear, meaning that they last for two years and lead to either an Advanced Subsidiary or an Advanced Level. The AS Level does not count towards the A Level.

A second group of subjects can currently be studied at either Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced level. At the moment the AS Level does contribute to the final A Level grade if the course is continued into a second year. This group of subjects will switch to the linear model above for September 2016.

A third group of subjects can currently be studied at either Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced level. At the moment the AS Level does contribute to the final A Level grade if the course is continued into a second year. No date has been set for these subjects to switch to the linear model above.

The subjects available are:

Linear Subjects (AS does not contribute to A Level):
Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry
Computing Economics English Literature History
Photography Physics Psychology Sociology
Art and Design: Textiles      
Subjects switching to Linear model in September 2016:
Drama French Geography German
Music PE Religious Studies  
Subjects where both AS Levels and A Levels are available:
Design Technology Economics ICT Film Studies
Food Further Mathematics Government and Politics Mathematics

Chancellor’s School is committed to being part of a local consortium of schools in order to allow the widest range of subject choice at KS5.

Students will also be expected to study an enrichment course to supplement their studies. At the moment students may study for the Extended Project or Ctizenship. The Enrichment offer is reviewed annually.