Curriculum

The Arthur Terry School is an inclusive and nurturing learning community that gives everyone the opportunity to excel and a place to belong.

We want the best for everyone in our learning community so we are able to be proud of our achievements. Developing the skills, knowledge and strong moral principles to prepare us for active citizenship in an ever-changing future. 

We value:

Kindness—being friendly, helpful and understanding.

Respect—having consideration for peoples’ rights and feelings.

High aspirations—putting the effort in every day to achieve our best

Our curriculum is designed to:

  • allow our students to flourish in whatever future they choose
  • tackle social disadvantage, develop key learning habits as well as the core skills of literacy, reading and mathematics
  • instil our core values “being proud of who we are and what we achieve, being kind and respectful to all others and being ready to take our chosen next steps in life”
  • be ‘knowledge engaged’ where we put a focus on the development of deep knowledge and understanding whilst also ensure students can use and apply this knowledge. Further underpinning our curriculum is our understanding of Cognitive Load Theory

Planning has been undertaken, in line with the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership Curriculum Philosophy to provide students with a broad and academic programme that closely follows the National Curriculum. Our provision is a coherent and carefully sequenced “knowledge engaged” curriculum based on the principles of cognitive science. There is a focus on development of literacy and the application of acquired knowledge to ensure children access the curriculum at a depth to ensure a deep and enduring understanding in discrete subject areas. The curriculum framework of cognitive education is planned to enable children to think independently and contribute positively to society and the wider world.

The content and experiences within in our curriculum are designed to accumulate and address the gaps in cultural capital of all our students in particularly the disadvantaged. Our extra-curricular offer supports our provision, with a focus within each subject on helping students to form stronger schemata for long-term retention of knowledge.

Click here to view the latest Curriculum Policy document: Arthur Terry Curriculum Policy

Key Stage 3

Year 7, 8 and 9.

Our curriculum provision follows a three year programme at KS3 that delivers the National Curriculum across the subject areas identified in the table below. Students follow a PSHCE programme for one period per fortnight. This programme allows students to develop their learning and thinking skills, participate in Personal, Social and Health Education, Relationships and Sex Education and experience Careers Education and Citizenship lessons with an emphasis on British Values.

The Arthur Terry Learner, learning habits programme has been developed across the school to help our students become better learners through increased independence. This will ensure that our students are prepared for a lifetime of learning. Additional learning support is provided to assist with Special Needs, with the availability of smaller group sizes in English and Mathematics to further develop Literacy and Numeracy skills.

Currently,  KS3 students will have the following number of periods per subject per fortnight:

SubjectPeriods in Year 7Periods in Year 8
English76
Maths77
Science66
Computing22
PE44
Design And Technology33
Art22
Drama22
Music22
Geography33
History33
Modern Foreign Language – French or Spanish56
RE33
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) 11

SubjectPeriods in Year 9
English7
Maths6
Science8
Computing2
PE4
Design And Technology2
Business1
Art2
Drama2
Music2
Geography3
History3
French and/or Spanish6
RE3
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)1

Our provision at KS4 follows a two year programme with students following a set of core academic courses. This core is supported by a range of optional GCSE or equivalent subjects. Within the combination of subjects available students will be expected to study one Humanities subjects (from Geography or History) and one MFL subject (from French or Spanish) where appropriate. PSHCE delivery continues at Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

SubjectPeriods
Core CurriculumEnglish8
Maths8
Science9
PE2
RE (short course)2
PSHCE1
Options Geography or History5
French or Spanish5
2 Options  *5

Year 11

SubjectPeriods
Core CurriculumEnglish8
Maths8
Science11
PE2
PSHCE1
Options Geography or History5
French or Spanish5
2 Options *5

Options subjects include : Art, Business Studies, Business Enterprise (BTEC), Creative iMedia (Cambridge National), Computer Science, Dance (RSL), Drama, Design and Technology (Product Design), Design and Technology (Textiles), Food Preparation and Nutrition, French, Geography, Health and Social Care (BTEC),  History, Music (RSL), Sport (BTEC), Spanish.

The Sixth Form

The core aim of the Arthur Terry 16-19 study programme is for each student to successfully complete :

  • academic study – completing 3 linear A level / Level 3 vocational qualifications
  • enrichment activity – including Work Experience, Volunteering, Sporting Activity and/or completion of additional qualifications such Extended Project Qualification or AS Core Maths
  • personal development – including a daily tutoring programme, regular assemblies and visiting speakers, careers advice and guidance

Year 12 & 13

The school offers 25 Level 3 subjects at A level and BTEC. This currently includes the additional provision of the Extended Project Qualification and AS Core Maths. All subjects receive up to 10 lessons per fortnight. Further details can be found in the sixth form prospectus.

The A level curriculum offer is reviewed each year and the school may need to remove qualifications from offer that are not viable due to low student uptake. The decision to remove subjects from the curriculum offer will be made as early as possible in the Spring Term following the sixth form application deadline.