Curriculum

Curriculum

At Poole High School we aim to provide a broad and balanced knowledge-rich curriculum that well prepares our students of all abilities and aspirations for the next stages in their lives.

Our curriculum is underpinned by our high expectations and supportive relationships.

Curriculum Summary

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8, and 9

Poole High School students study a broad and balanced, knowledge-rich curriculum throughout Years 7, 8 & 9.
All students follow a core curriculum of:

  • English,
  • Maths,
  • Science,
  • Fitness and Exercise
  • Religion and Philosophy,
  • History,
  • Geography,
  • Computing,
  • Technology (Product Design and Food),
  • MFL – French,
  • Art,
  • Drama,
  • Music.

Throughout years 7 and 8, students are taught in ability streamed groups for most subjects, except for Computing, Technology, Art, Drama, and Music where the groups are smaller.

In year 9, we offer our students the ability to customise their curriculum in a minor way in order to allow them to focus more fully on a creative art and technology area of interest, this allows students more time to develop their talents and passions.

Setting changes in year 9 for English, Maths and Science in particular to allow for the full range of stretch and challenge and to help facilitate a smooth transition to GCSE level study.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

At GCSE, Poole High School takes an academic curriculum seriously. Students take their Key Stage 4 options choices at the end of Year 9 and all students have the opportunity to study toward 12 recognised Key Stage 4 qualifications.

All students follow a core examined curriculum of:

  • English language and Literature,
  • Maths,
  • Biology,
  • Chemistry,
  • Physics,
  • Religious Studies,
  • Statistics.

All students follow a core non-examined curriculum of Fitness and Exercise.

Almost all students will take a foreign language, with students making three selections, one of which is a choice between History and Geography. Students are then free to select two of the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Business & Enterprise*
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Media Studies
  • Product Design
  • Physical Education*
  • Triple Science

Note #1 : Some courses (indicated with an * above) we offer both as GCSE and Vocational. The school will make a determination of the most suitable type of qualification based on the needs of each student.

Note #2: Subjects will only be offered if demand is sufficient. If there is sufficient demand for any other GCSE subject that we do not offer then we will investigate the possibility of adding it to the curriculum.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

At GCSE, Poole High School takes an academic curriculum seriously. Students take their Key Stage 4 options choices at the end of Year 9 and all students have the opportunity to study toward 12 recognised Key Stage 4 qualifications.

All students follow a core examined curriculum of:

  • English language and Literature,
  • Maths,
  • Biology,
  • Chemistry,
  • Physics,
  • Religious Studies,
  • Statistics.

All students follow a core non-examined curriculum of Fitness and Exercise.

Almost all students will take a foreign language, with students making three selections, one of which is a choice between History and Geography. Students are then free to select two of the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Business & Enterprise*
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Media Studies
  • Product Design
  • Physical Education*
  • Triple Science

Note #1 : Some courses (indicated with an * above) we offer both as GCSE and Vocational. The school will make a determination of the most suitable type of qualification based on the needs of each student.

Note #2: Subjects will only be offered if demand is sufficient. If there is sufficient demand for any other GCSE subject that we do not offer then we will investigate the possibility of adding it to the curriculum.

Subject Curriculum Summaries