Ashcroft High



Our curriculum is characterised by an emphasis on academic excellence, breadth and innovation, fostering creativity, exploration and enjoyment.

It is designed to be challenging and accessible to every student, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they require in their future learning and employment. It is planned in a coherent and sequenced manner to develop students both academically and in character development.

Students spend three years in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), giving them maximum exposure to a broad and balanced range of subjects before studying two years at Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11) where students have the chance to study a personalised learning pathway.

The aims of the curriculum are:

  • To provide an appropriate range of opportunities and experiences to inspire students to succeed in the next stage in their education, training or employment
  • To provide a suitable and effective learning environment for those students requiring special provision, including very able students and those with statements of special need, and for those students who have English as an additional language
  • To contribute effectively to students’ intellectual, physical and personal attainment and development
  • To educate the students for life through the offer of a broad and balanced approach to learning, where relevance, challenge, progression, continuity and support are key elements of all the activities undertaken.
  • To enable high standards of academic achievement where outcomes empower students to progress
  • Meet the needs of each individual students and adapt as these change.

Key Stage 3:

Students study a broad range of subjects incorporating the core and foundation subjects. It is also designed to be flexible to allow support for those students who have English as an Additional Language or specific support needs to have access to a broad curriculum whilst gaining the support they need. Staff use a range of data including CATs verbal and non-verbal reasoning scores to plan and deliver lessons to support the whole range of students within the classes. The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge across the whole curriculum to be able to achieve as they move forward in their education.

Each lesson is 60 minutes long, with the number of lessons per fortnight below:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 7 7 7
Maths 7 7 7
Science 8 8 8
History 3 3 3
Geography 3 3 3
MFL 4 4 4
DT 2 2 2
Art 2 2 2
IT 2 2 2
RS 2 2 2
Drama 2 2 2
PE 2 2 2
PSHE 2 2 2
Music 2 2 2
Dance 2 2 2
Total 50 50 50

Key Stage 4:

At Key Stage 4, students study a core curriculum of:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Combined or Triple)
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education

The options process then allows students to choose subjects based on their own personal progress. Please see here for more details on the options process. The options process is supported further by a Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) system across the school.

The range of subjects offered at Key Stage 4 includes:

Art Music Computer Science
Design Technology Construction Childcare
Health & Fitness Catering & Hospitality Health & Social Care
Dance ICT Drama
French* History Geography

*Students must have studied this subject at KS3 to select as an option.

Each lesson is 60 minutes long, with the number of lessons per week below:

Year 10 Year 11
English 9 10
Maths 10 9
Science 11 11
RS 2 2
PE 2 2
PSHE 1 1
Option A 5 5
Option B 5 5
Option C 5 5
Total 50 50

Curriculum map overview:

For details on the curriculum for each subject for each year group, please download our curriculum map below. 

Curriculum Overview Map Overview

The wider curriculum:

Alongside the above, each student is given access to a wide range of opportunities to develop as an individual. These include after school clubs, trips (domestically and internationally), support with application to Further Education, a personal development programme delivered during tutor time and opportunities to perform in school productions.

Find out more about enrichment here. 

For any additional queries please contact Mr C Stainsby.