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The Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Summerhill:

  • is balanced, relevant and differentiated
  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all students
  • prepares students for the responsibilities and opportunities they will face in adult life
  • is delivered in a variety of ways which recognise that not all students learn in the same way
  • provides a seamless pathway from primary through to education post 16
  • provides opportunities for students to work at a pace best suited to their own needs
  • covers the full content of the National Curriculum, plus extra material that we believe is important to students’ future
  • never stands still. Our curriculum is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our students.

 

Our timetable is based on 6 periods per day, 30 periods per week:

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English/ Literacy

6

5

5

4

5

Maths

4

5

5

5

4

Science

3

3

4

6

6

Geography

2

1

2

 

 

History

2

1

2

 

 

MFL

3

3

3

 

 

Design Technology

2

2

 

 

 

Art

1

1

 

 

 

Computing

1

1

 

 

 

Drama

1

1

 

 

 

Music

1

1

 

 

 

Religious Studies

1

1

 

 

 

Physical Education

2

2

2

2

2

Global Learning

1*

1*

1*

1*

1*

Options

 

2**

3 × 2***

4 × 3****

4 × 3****

 

*           Global Learning is a weekly lesson that embeds the school’s ethos and includes important topics such as British Values, Healthy lifestyles, Citizenship, Careers and Enterprise.  In Years 9, 10 and 11, it includes the core Religious Studies.

**         In Year 8, students opt to learn additional foreign language (French or Spanish), or to boost their
Literacy/Numeracy skills.

***        In Year 9, students choose 3 subjects from Art, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish, Textiles and Essential Skills.

****      In Years 10 and 11, students choose 4 subjects from the choices available

Click for more detail on the curriculum in each year group: