At St Wilfrid’s Academy we aim to provide a curriculum which meets the needs of each student. We aim to provide all of our students with opportunities which build confidence, develop a range of skills and promote academic excellence and a love of learning. We offer a broad range of courses at all levels preparing students for their next pathway at each Key Stage. Read More

The KS3 Curriculum is condensed and taught in Years 7 and 8 at St Wilfrid’s Academy. On entry, students are placed into two equal bands by ability (S & W). Students are taught English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Physical Education, French, Geography, History, Design Technology, Computing, Music, Art and Learn to Learn (Year 7).

Students opt for their GCSE subjects in Year 8 and follow their GCSE study across three years.


YEAR 9 (2016/17)

English, English Literature, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Science (Combined Science: Trilogy dual award), Separate Sciences, French, German, Geography, History, Computing, Art & Design, Business Studies, Drama, Design Technology, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Photography, Sports Studies, Dance, Music, Sociology, Asdan.

Vocational Courses (BTEC / OCR National)

Child Development, IT, Sport, Asdan.

Non-examined Courses

Core Physical Education.


YEARS 10 AND 11 (2016/17)

English, English Literature, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Science (Combined Science: Trilogy dual award), Separate Sciences, French, German, Geography, History, Computing, Art & Design, Business Studies, Child Development, Drama, Food preparation and Nutrition, Graphics, Product Design, Textiles, Photography, Sports Studies, Dance, Music, Sociology, Health and Social Care.

Vocational Courses (BTEC / OCR National)

IT, Sport, Science, Asdan.

Non-examined Courses

Core Physical Education.

A Level Courses

Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Geography, German, History, Law, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Physics, Physical Education, Product Design, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Textiles.


BTEC/OCR Courses (Level 3)

Business, IT, Music, Sport (Double Award), Health & Social Care, Childcare Play Learning and Development (Triple Award).

Students can also study AS Maths over two years and have the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Provision is made for students who need to re-sit GCSE English and/or Mathematics. All students also have supervised private study lessons on their timetables in order to encourage good, independent study habits and time management.

The 2016-17 Curriculum


Year 7 and 8

There is a broad and balanced range of subjects studied at Key Stage 3. French is studied by all students, except for a small group for whom a greater focus on literacy and numeracy will be advantageous. This group is identified both on entry and during the first half term, following diagnostic assessment. This involves collaboration between the SEND learning area and the English and Maths learning areas.

During Year 8 students will make their GCSE option choices following guidance.


Year 9 – 11

Compulsory subjects which are examined at GCSE level are: Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Religious Studies and either Science (Combined Science: Trilogy dual award) or Separate Sciences.

Physical Education is also compulsory but is not examined.

When making option choices in Y8, students are given personalised recommendations including the following:

• Triple sciences or Combined science,

• Computer Science

• Recommendation to study either Geography or History and to study at least one Modern Language to complete the Ebacc suite of subjects

• The appropriate number of vocational courses for some students


Asdan and Vocational Provision

For some students a higher level of personalisation may be needed and a range of Asdan units will be offered. These will build personal effectiveness skills and be used to deliver the Religious Studies course. The ECDL IT Level 2 course will also be delivered in these teaching periods.


Year 12 – 13

Most students will begin on 3 full A level courses, with a number choosing to study 4 subjects initially, with a view to taking one to AS only. Many students will undertake the Extended Project Qualification. All students are allocated private study sessions and also participate in an enrichment programme.



The timetable runs over a weekly cycle of 5 periods per day. Tuesday has different timings and lessons are 50 or 55 minutes long to allow for a 2.20pm closure which provides an opportunity for staff CPD. The allocation of lessons for each subject in each year can be seen in the accompanying document, Curriculum Diagram 2016.