Secondary Curriculum

Pupils receive expert help to gain the reading and writing skills they need to do well in all subjects. As a result, pupils make good progress

There is much joy in this school. Pupils value their teachers, and the rich and diverse community in which they learn

Teachers take account of individual pupils’ needs in their good lesson planning. They make sure that pupils, even those who arrive at unusual points in the school year, are quickly assimilated and make good progress

Teaching is strong in the sixth form. Teachers are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. They show great commitment. Students are fulsome in their praise of the impact their teachers have had on their future education

Lessons are characterised by strong and positive relationships between pupils and teachers. Teachers know pupils well. Often teachers target the learning that individual pupils need because they know them so well

In key stages 1 and 2 teachers plan many opportunities for pupils to deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills.

The Bemrose School Curriculum Provision-Secondary

General Principle 

To enable our students/children to engage fully in society we plan for our curriculum to be broad and relevant. In doing this we provide opportunities for students/children to not only gain relevant academic and vocational qualifications, but also to become upstanding, caring, hardworking citizens, who can care for others. We intend that the education they will receive will enable them to see the benefits of lifelong learning, securing economic prosperity for themselves, whilst making a valuable contribution to the British society.

We plan for our students/children to learn new and important functional skills which will allow them to access the curriculum and allow effective progress to be made. There is a fast track policy to meet the needs of our most able students/children and we have a wealth of experience and expertise in providing individual support for students/children with learning and language difficulties. Bemrose is an Enhanced Resource School offering specialist facilities for students with communication difficulties.

All students follow PSHE and citizenship that embrace democracy, the rule of law, liberty, equality, mutual respect and tolerance across all faiths and beliefs. This is fundamental at The Bemrose School.

Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)

Our emphasis is on the acquisition of skill and knowledge across a broad range of subjects. We offer the core national curriculum subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities including Religious Education, Citizenship, ICT, Design & Technology, Physical Education, Arts and Modern Languages. In year 7 the pupils engage in a scheme of Topic based lessons incorporating Religious Education and Citizenship as well as other subjects. These lessons focus on core competences and skills whilst developing good habits of learning that can be used as foundations in all other subjects.


SubjectYear 7 HoursYear 8 HoursYear 9 Hours
Geography & History600
Geography, History, RE & PSHE099
Modern Foreign Languages444
Design Technology444
Computing Science333
Topic (English, Humanities, RE & Citizenship)400
Total Hours50 Hours50 Hours50 Hours

Students are taught in a range of groupings based in the subject they are following and the year they are in. PE is always taught in single sex groupings.

Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

Students have an opportunity to gain GCSE, OCR Cambridge National and BTEC qualifications. All students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Combined Science, PE, RE and PSHCE.

SubjectYear 10 HoursYear 11 Hours
Options (x3)1818
Total Hours50 Hours50 Hours
In addition they have the opportunity to study three subjects from: Art & Design, Business, Food Technology, French, Spanish, Geography, Child Development, Health & Social Care, History, Computer Science, Product Design, Textiles, Sociology, Sports Studies and Triple Science.  Some students follow vocational courses on our work related learning programme. Students and parents are fully involved.

Current Year 11: 2022 Examinations
Option 1Option 2Option 3
HistoryComputer ScienceGeography
Triple ScienceHistorySpanish
DT-Resistant MaterialsChild DevelopmentESOL
iMediaHealth and Social CareHealth and Social Care

Current Year 10: 2023 Examinations
Option 1Option 2Option 3
Triple ScienceComputer ScienceSpanish
ESOLChild DevelopmentDT-Resistant Materials
Health and Social CareHealth and Social CareiMedia
-Key Skills-

Post 16

We offer Post 16 courses to all students who meet the schools criteria. At level 3 students can study ICT, Business, Health & Social Care, Sport, Child Development, Science, Maths, English, Art and Sociology. In addition level 2 qualifications are offered in Maths and English for those students who have not achieved a higher grade. At Level 2 there is also an Apprenticeship in Business Administration. These courses are supplemented by a broad enrichment programme of PE and Citizenship complimented by opportunities to gain Key Skills and work experience. We work closely with a range of partners to help our students make the right decisions about Post 16 education, training and employment.


Level 3 Qualifications [x4]10 Hours
Level 2 Maths and or English4 Hours each
PE2 Hours
Citizenship2 Hours

Current Year 13: Examinations 2022
Option AOption BOption COption D
SociologyApplied ScienceChild DevelopmentEnglish
L2 English-Business StudiesHealth & Social Care
--Forensic Science-
-L1/2 Child CareL1/2 Child CareL1/2 Child Care

Current Year 12: Examinations 2023
Option AOption BOption COption DOption E
SociologyApplied ScienceForensic ScienceBusiness StudiesL2 Maths
L2 EnglishChild DevelopmentBusiness StudiesHealth & Social Care-
-L1/2 Child DevelopmentL1/2 Child DevelopmentL1/2 Child Development-


Working Together

At The Bemrose School we believe that to be successful we need the support, interest and full involvement of parents. We want to work closely with parents to make plans and decisions affecting our students’/children’s futures together. Our learning platform cements partnerships by providing information on home learning, rewards and timetabling. Alongside our belief that a partnership with parents is essential, we work hard to foster partnerships with other training providers and schools in order to increase the breadth of provision.

Support for Learning

We pride ourselves on the quality and extent of the support we offer to students with learning, language and communication needs. The Bemrose School is a truly inclusive school.

We believe that interesting and challenging homework can make a vital contribution to our students’/children’s learning. Homework is set at least once a week in each subject through our learning platform. We encourage our students to develop their initiative to learn by using research resources, which are available out-of-hours.

An Enriched Educational Experience 

We believe that activities outside the classroom can enrich and extend our students’ learning. We offer a full range of clubs at lunchtime and after school including ICT, Reading, Science and sports clubs to name but a few. Our students/children enjoy many visits to museums and theatres, both locally and further afield. We organise visits to London, the Ypres Battle fields, Paris and a ski holiday in Europe, as well as fieldwork trips to support students’ learning. Students from the school have also undertaken voluntary work in Africa and India. There is an extensive sporting calendar, with many inter-form as well as inter-school matches. Our students regularly celebrate considerable success at local, county and national level.

Preparing For The Future

We have a well structured careers programme with students receiving support in specific careers lessons and from our school based Careers Advisers. The emphasis is on decision- making and students are encouraged to focus on their strengths, leading to well-informed decisions about their future. In Year 10 all students undertakea form of work experience which is linked to the work they do in other lessons. This combination helps students to appreciate the world of work and how this can support success in their studies. We are developing partnerships with world of work and business link organisations in order to enhance the opportunities available to our students.

Celebrating Diversity

We acknowledge and work towards accepting and valuing difference. Our curriculum reflects the rich and varied cultures represented by Bemrose students/children. Pride in culture is encouraged through celebrations in which the whole school takes part.

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