To see an overview of our Curriculum Plans, click here.
Key Stage Three
A daily diet of English and Mathematics as the first two lessons of the day begins the timetable for pupils in year 7 and form the central part of the day for year 8. This enables us to establish a learning culture which emphasises the need for sound literacy and numeracy as the foundation for success in other subjects and for life beyond school.
Pupils in years 7 and 8 study those subjects outlined below:
- Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
- Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Education)
- Enterprise (Computing, Food & Nutrition, ICT and Business)
- Creative Arts (Art & Design, Drama and Music)
- Physical Education, Sport and Games
In addition to the National Curriculum subjects, a unique aspect of The Reach Free School’s timetable is ‘Community Common Room’. This weekly session allows pupils to take part in activities which will benefit the local community. Pupils work together to reach out to the community by designing campaigns or planning and delivering fundraising events to give back to the local area.
This underpins The Reach Free School’s ethos of teaching children to respect, welcome and contribute to the successes of their local community and indeed national and international society.
Electives run from 3.05pm to 4.05pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, allowing pupils to experience and contribute to the school in various contexts such as playing for a sports team, attending Reach Council meetings or by enjoying the various activities on offer such as ‘Glee Club’ or ‘Insanity Workouts’. Read more about Electives here.
The Reach Free School offers an innovative Year 9 curriculum, whereby pupils get a chance to sample each GCSE and vocational option subject for an extended period (around 10 lessons). This gives pupils to opportunity to find out what it is like to study each of the options available to them, in order to then make an informed choice in the January of Year 9 when they choose their Key Stage 4 options.
Pupils then begin their GCSE and vocational courses after the Spring half-term of Year 9. This gives pupils half a year more to study towards their GCSE and vocational subjects, giving them ample time to cover all the course content in depth, and have time for revision prior to their examinations in Year 11.
Key Stage Four
At Key Stage 4, pupils can study both academic and vocational courses in a variety of subjects. Pupils are offered the opportunity to attain GCSE and vocational qualifications. The vast majority of pupils will study:
- History and/or Geography
Based on pupils’ interests and ambitions we provide a wide range of option subjects including Art & Design, Travel and Tourism, Physical Education, Religious Education, Triple Science, Business, Food & Nutrition and Computer Science.
Please see our Sixth Form website here.