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Curriculum Overview

Vyners School operates a two-week timetable and the school week is divided into 25 one-hour teaching periods. From September 2016 the Key Stage 3 curriculum will be studied in years 7 and 8 with the new Key Stage 4 programme of study being extended through years 9 to 11.  A complete analysis of the curriculum is provided in the details of the number of teaching periods per week in Years 7 to 11 as follows (the numbers throughout refer to the lessons in each fortnight of the timetable cycle):

Year 7

English (8), Mathematics (8), Science (6), PE (4), A Modern Foreign Language (either French or German) (4), Design & Technology (3), Computing (2), Music (2), Art (2), Drama (2), Geography (3), History (3), Religious Education (Ethics) (3).

Year 8

English (8), Mathematics (8), Science (6), PE (4), A Modern Foreign Language (either French, German or Spanish) (4), Design & Technology (3), Computing (2), Music (2), Art (2), Drama (2), Geography (3), History (3), Religious Education (Ethics) (3).

Year 9

Compulsory subjects are dictated by the necessity of teaching a uniform core and the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. In Years 9, 10 & 11, the details of the option groups are determined largely by demand and vary from year to year, but the guiding principles are to ensure a sound basic education and to keep options open as far as possible. Students are normally required to study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education (Ethics) and Physical Education in addition to four 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.  Examples of activities include basic Sports Leadership, Speaking Skills and App Development.

The details given below relate to the subjects in the Years 9, 10 & 11 programme:

Compulsory subjects:

English Language/Literature (8),
Mathematics (8),
Core Science (9) or
Triple Science (12),
Physical Education (3),
Religious Education (2).


Optional subjects include:

Art & Design,
Business Studies,
Computer Science,
Design & Technology,
Food Preparation,
Graphic Products,
Performing Arts (BTEC),
Resistant Materials,
Media Studies,
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.

The following subjects are available at A level :

Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, German, History, ICT, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Design & Technology [Product Design], Theatre Studies, Sport (BTEC).

Members of the Sixth Form have individual timetables according to their particular needs.

All Sixth Form students take part in the tutorial programme, which includes PSHE and Study Skills, and all students participate in the Enrichment Programme, which may involve Community Service / lesson support. Students also benefit from the wide range of extra-curricular activities, which are available to them.

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 offer at Vyners School, please contact your child's Year Leader or Mr D Cowling (Deputy Headteacher)