Key Stage 3
Year 7 and 8
We have adopted a two-year Key Stage 3 curriculum for our students. In Years 7 and 8 the school embraces the requirements of the National Curriculum. All students follow courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, Food Technology, Information and Communications Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art and Design, Drama, Geography, History, Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE), Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Careers.
To access the curriculum effectively students are placed in teaching groups on the basis of academic ability where appropriate. Initial groupings will be made based on the Key Stage 2 scores and teacher assessments from primary schools. This will be reviewed after a ‘settling in’ period and regularly thereafter. Students will be moved if their current placement is inappropriate. The structure is maintained throughout Year 8.
Key Stage 4
At Harrow Way Community School we have an exciting three-year Key Stage 4 curriculum. At the end of Year 8 students will be provided with advice and guidance, in consultation with their parents, to choose from a wide range of subjects, allowing them to continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. This is in order not to restrict later learning or future career choices. This menu of choices includes the subjects the student has studied in Years 7 and 8 but in addition they can also choose from a new menu of Media Studies, Film Studies, Spanish, Health and Social Care, Office Skills, Law, Citizenship, Classical Civilisation and a Certificate in Personal Effectiveness.
At the end of Year 9 students will make further choices to reduce the number of subjects to be studied to examination level. At this point they may also have the possibility of studying from a range of Andover 14-19 Consortium courses which are taught at our partner institutions.
Most students will be entered for the maximum amount of accreditation available to them in GCSE, BTEC or other Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications.
It is our aim to ensure that all students have appropriate advice and guidance to enable them to access an appropriate progression route through college, apprenticeship or employment with training.