Curriculum Statement

Aims of the Curriculum

The curriculum aims to enable pupils to develop in-depth subject knowledge in all the key curriculum areas. It aims to provide breadth and to allow all pupils to develop a wide range of skills through different experiences. We believe that this is essential to fully prepare pupils for the challenges of adult life in the modern world. In particular, the curriculum aims to provide:

  • Academic rigour and challenge, reflecting the high aspirations that we have for every pupil.
  • A broad and balanced set of subjects at Key Stage 3, allowing students to develop a mastery across this breadth of different disciplines. The curriculum comprises of Maths, English, Science, PSHE, Citizenship and RE, PE, History, Geography, Modern foreign languages, Technology (including Computing) and Creative Arts.
  • A curriculum in Year 10 and 11 which builds on these foundations and introduces an element of choice, allowing students to specialise in in those areas in which they excell, have an interest in or which prepare them for their chosen career.
  • Excellent subject teaching and the use of high quality assessment to inform pupil progress.
  • Ultimately and as a consequence of the above, the best outcomes, in terms of examination success, well-being and career progression for all pupils.


Curriculum Offer

The school cycle has a 2 week timetable comprising 50 lessons per cycle (25 one hour lessons per week). This is made up of the following broad curriculum diet for students.  

In Key Stage 3 students are ability set in Maths, English and Science. The remainder of the curriculum is delivered in 3 bands, two of which are made up of mixed higher and middle ability and two of which are made up of lower ability children.

  • Maths

  • English

  • Science

  • Modern Foreign Language (French or German) /Literacy/Numeracy

  • Physical Education

  • Technology

  • Performing Arts

  • Humanities (inc RE)

  • Art

  • Computing

  • PSE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)

In Key Stage 4 most students study for at least 9 qualifications.  These include core (compulsory) subjects and optional choices which students select from a wide range of subjects in the spring term of Year 9. Year 11 students study three optional subjects whilst due to a recent curriculum change, Year 10 students study four for the whole of Key Stage 4.  The school cycle has a 2 week timetable comprising 50 lessons per cycle (25 one hour lessons per week).  The numbers next to each subject listed below denote the number of curriculum hours allocated to that subject over the 50 period cycle.


Compulsory Subjects

In Y10 all students have to study:

  • English Language and English Literature (9)

  • Mathematics (8)

  • Science (9)

  • Either History or Geography (6)

  • PSE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education – also includes RE)

  • Physical Education (core)


Optional Subjects

Here at Tibshelf School we aim to offer a wide and varied curriculum to enable our students to succeed in their GCSE's and beyond. In Year 8 we offer a choice to our students in the creative and ICT subjects to study in Year 9 to enable them to broaden their knowledge in their chosen subjects. In Year 9 we encourage all students to choose an EBACC subject to ensure that they gain deeper knowledge in one of these key areas and then two other subjects from a variety of areas to suit their individual needs.

We offer a range of courses to suit different students.  Some subjects might be regarded as quite traditional and academic, whilst others are more practical or vocational.  The key advice we give to students is to keep a balance of choices amongst a wide range of curriculum areas.  Students hoping to apply to university in the future are advised to follow all elements of the English Baccalaureate, which includes the following subjects: Mathematics, English, two Sciences, one of which may be Computing, a Foreign Language and History or Geography.  Some students in Year 10 have been required by the school to follow this route.

Optional subjects are allocated six curriculum hours over the 50 period cycle.

More details on the individual subject currriculum offer can be found in the faculties menu.


National Curriculum

You can access information on the Department for Education National Curriculum by clicking here, and on the National Secondary Curriculum by clicking here.

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