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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intention

At King Ethelbert School we strive tirelessly to provide our students with stimulating and engaging curricula. In particular, we endeavour to instil in our students;

  • Ambition- so they are ready for the next stage of their education, employment or wider society

  • Responsibility- in order to be a responsible citizen and globally diverse

  • Inquisition- so they ask questions and have a life-long love of learning

Key Stage 3 (KS3)

The KS3 curriculum is taught to students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The curriculum in KS3 is broad, rich and diverse and aims to instil in our students our core values of ASPIRE. Students are taught by specialist teachers across Key Stage 3 and are taught about relationships and sex through our PSHE curriculum.

All students are assessed in their learning, with assessment focusing on progress with their learning. Students will receive regular feedback from their teachers, which can be written, verbal or whole-class. Throughout the academic year we report to parents on their child's progress, allowing them to see how they are moving forwards.


Key Stage 4 (KS4)

At the end of Year 9, students will choose their options for KS4 which begin in Year 10. They study their chosen subjects alongside their core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, core PE and PSHE. All students in KS4 can choose to study a mixture of GCSE and vocational subjects. Our aim is that students choose a broad curriculum that will aid them in preparing for their future. Students continue to be assessed throughout the year and parents will receive regular reports on their progress. 

Throughout KS4, students will receive targeted careers information and advice to better prepare them for their next steps.

Key Stage 5 (KS5/Sixth Form)

Sixth form is a critical period of transition between school and the wider world of learning or employment. At King Ethelbert School, we take pastoral care very seriously to ensure students make the most of their abilities. 

We are proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme to our sixth form students. There are three assessed elements within the IBCP and students complete all three:

  • 2-4 IB Diploma courses

  • An approved Career-related qualification

  • IBCP core, compromising of a Personal and Professional skills course, 50 hours service learning, a reflective project and a language development course


Please see the individual subject pages for more information on each subject area.