Secondary Curriculum

CONTENTS: The Curriculum  –  Curriculum Summaries  –  Key Stage 3 (Yr 7, 8)  – Y8 Options Booklet  –  Key Stage 4 (Yr 9, 10 & 11)  –  Option Subjects – Additional Information

The Curriculum

Students at Eastbrook School follow a broad, balanced curriculum which includes:
  • the national curriculum
  • promotion of the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students
  • preparation of students for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;

All students are encouraged to read widely, have access to the school library and are expected to read for 30minutes a day as homework. Students are encouraged to apply literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.

Curriculum Summaries

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8)

At KS3, students follow a programme of  subjects which include the national curriculum requirements:-

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computing
  • Design Technology (Manufacturing and Food Technology)
  • Art
  • Performing Arts (Drama & Music)
  • ECS (Ethics and cultural studies incl. Citizenship, Sex & Relationship Education and Religious Studies)

Year 7 students are taught in groups according to prior attainment and teacher assessment across all subjects.

Year 8 students are taught together in English, Maths and Science groups according to prior attainment and progress in the individual subjects. Students are taught in the same groups based on prior attainment for other subjects.

Year 8 students also receive a range of guidance before making a choice of 4 subjects to supplement the core curriculum in KS4 from Year 9, to ensure that the best range of subjects are taken to match their abilities, interests and career direction.

Y8 Additional Subjects Booklet 2019 : Subject overviews – Examination Boards – Future pathways


Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

At KS4 students follow a three year programme of study towards Level 2 qualifications at GCSE and BTEC. All students continue to follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies and Physical Education. Year 9 – 11 follow 4 option subjects.

Students personalise the remainder of their curriculum with guided options that include a range of subjects including GCSEs, BTEC. Most students study a double award Combined Science course except for higher ability students choosing to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects. Statistics GCSE is also available to follow as an extra subject at Key Stage 4.


Option Subjects Available

  • Art – Art & Design (GCSE)
  • Art – Photography (GCSE)Child
  • Development – CACHE
  • Computer Science (GCSE)
  • DT – Product Manufacturing (GCSE)
  • Drama (BTEC)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • French (GCSE)
  • Geography (GCSE)
  • History (GCSE)
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition (GCSE)
  • Media Studies (GCSE)
  • Music (BTEC)
  • PE (GCSE)
  • Sociology (GCSE)
  • Spanish (GCSE)

Increasing numbers of students are choosing to study French or Spanish in combination with either Geography or History, which in combination with the core subjects meet the requirements of the English Baccalaureate. This is encouraged for all students who intend to go to university.


Additional Curriculum Information

If you require more information about the school curriculum please contact:

Mr M Hickman –