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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Curriculum

The five year curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced. Throughout Years 7 to 9, students are taught either in ability sets or as a tutor group dependent on the subject. Students will experience all of the subjects on offer in Years 7 and 8 before making one option choice in Year 8 that they will start in Year 9. They will choose their remaining GCSE option to start in Year 10, together with their other GCSEs.

Key Stage 3 provides the foundation for any child’s achievement. The transition from Primary to Secondary education is marked by a move to subject specific teaching staff and transition study units are offered in a number of subjects. All students study English, mathematics, science, design technology, computing, history, geography, religious studies, citizenship, modern foreign languages, music, drama, dance, art and physical education.  Students are taught either in ability subjects or as a tutor group dependent on the subject.  Students will experience all of the subjects on offer in Years 7 and 8 before making one option choice in Year 8 that they will start in Year 9. They will choose their remaining option to start in Year 10.

At GCSE level, all students study the suite of subjects that comprise the English Baccalaureate as part of our core offer. This consists of English, maths, science, either history or geography and a modern foreign language. Students choose two further subjects that they would like to specialise in. All of these subjects are currently examined at the end of Year 11.

All students throughout Key Stages 3 and 4 follow a dedicated tutor time and assembly programme that includes character education (developing our values of reflectiveness, resourcefulness, respect and resilience) together with personal, social and health education. Information, advice and guidance lessons in Years 9-11 are designed to help students make well-informed and realistic decisions at key points in their education.