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Curriculum Overview

Vyners School offers a broad and balanced curriculum that supports all students in the acquisition of knowledge and skills in order to succeed in exams and the life beyond school.  Lessons are inclusive, with a level of challenge tailored for individual need.  We use the latest technology and best current strategies to support learning and give feedback to students in a constructive way in order to help them to identify and address  gaps in their knowledge.  

The school operates a two-week timetable and the school week is divided into 25 one-hour teaching periods. 

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is studied in Years 7 and 8 with the Key Stage 4 programme of study being taught through Years 9 to 11. 

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8, students study a broad range of subjects that are fundamental to the development of a sound skills and knowledge base. Subjects taught over the two week timetable are: 

English, Mathematics, Science, PE, A Modern Foreign Language (either French or German), Design & Technology, Computing, Music, Art, Drama, Geography, History, Religious Education (Ethics).

Key Stage 4: Years 9,10 and 11

Year 9 GCSE Transition Year

In Year 9, students follow a broad curriculum of 8 compulsory and 3 option subjects, which supports the development of domain knowledge and transferable skills and lays the foundations for further GCSE studies in Years 10 and 11. 

In Years 9, 10 & 11, option subjects are determined largely by demand and can vary but the guiding principles are to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum which allows students to keep their options open as far as possible.  Students are required to study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography a Modern Foreign Language, Religious Education (Ethics) and Physical Education in addition to three further subjects from the options available.  All students in Year 9 also participate in an enrichment programme that allows them to experience a range of activities within the curriculum that may enable them to develop or extend skills beyond the main curriculum offer.  

Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11, students build on the skills and subject knowledge gained in Year 9 and follow a more tailored course of at least 8 GCSE Subjects. 

GCSE Subjects offered in Years 10 and 11 include:

  • Art & Design

  • Business Studies 

  • Computer Science,

  • Design & Technology

  • D&T Food

  • Performing Arts (BTEC)

  • Resistant Materials

  • Drama

  • Economics

  • French

  • Geography

  • German

  • History

  • ICT


  • Media Studies,

  • Music

  • Physical Education,

  • Sport (BTEC)

16-19 Study Programme (Sixth Form)

In the Sixth Form, a wide range of GCE A-Level and BTEC subjects are available.  All students study 3 A-Levels or equivalent, with some students taking 4 A-Levels. 

The following subjects are available at A-Level:

  • Art & Design

  • Biology

  • Business Studies

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Economics

  • English Literature

  • Food Science and Nutrition

  • Geography

  • German

  • Government & Politics

  • History


  • Mathematics

  • Further Mathematics

  • Media Studies

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Photography

  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Design & Technology [Product Design]

  •  Drama & Theatre Studies

  • Sport (BTEC)

Further information can be found in our Sixth Form Options Brochure here.

All Sixth Form students take part in the tutorial programme, which includes PSHE and Study Skills and participate in the Enrichment Programme, which may involve Community Service / lesson support.  Students also benefit from the wide range of extra-curricular activities.  Current next steps and careers advice is shared regularly via Google Classroom as well as relevant super curricular activities which supplement their studies and can be a pertinent addition to their personal statement.  The Extended Project Qualification is also available to Year 12 students.  This qualification develops independent study skills in preparation for studying at university.

Should you require any further information regarding the curriculum offered at Vyners School, please contact your child's Year Leader or Mrs N Harvey (Deputy Headteacher).